This ain’t never gonna happen but, a ‘Snark can dream.
This year, the deadlines were pretty brutal. Round 2 always comes right after the holidays and despite how much pushing and prodding we do with all you BSers through the Fall, a gazillion procrastinators always end up in massive stressed-out crunch mode the first week of January. This year it was exceptionally bad because Ross had their Round 2 deadline on a day that was officially a holiday – the first Monday after New Year’s – which in case you weren’t around last week, happened to be the day that most of the civilized world was celebrating the actual holiday, since January 1st fell on a Sunday.
So everyone spent New Year’s Day writing essays, as they always do, and then they had Monday to finish up Ross and then boom boom boom, a crush of other deadlines hit in a row. That’s always how Round 2 works, there’s nothing we can do about it. In order for the schools to issue Round 2 decisions in the early Spring timeframe that they need to (and that you want them to) then the deadline needs to be at the beginning of January. It’s just how work works, ya know? All y’all submit all those apps and it takes them time to get through them. Starting in about end of February, a bunch of applicants are gonna start complaining that it’s taking too long to get their decision, so the adcoms can’t really win.
There’s this handful of amazingly kind and generous adcom peeps who managed to set much more reasonable Round 2 deadlines. Like, ones that did NOT hit the first week of the year. Like, ones that don’t start till today, or later this week. The adcoms we can thank for this empathy include Darden, MIT, Yale and always NYU which has had a January 15th deadline for as long as we can remember.
So this is what happened this year:
Among the group of procrastinating BSers are some who manage to pull it together and when we saw their essays we were feeling reasonably hopeful.
And among that group of procrastinators are others whose essays made us wince.
Or maybe they just didn’t get things together in time to retake the GMAT when really they should’ve, but they’ve decided that this must be the year oh heavenly father I wanna go to bschool!!!!!!
And so they get their first apps in during that first h3ll week of January and then they get to the weekend and they stop and look around and wonder, “Hmmm, where else can I submit?”
And by that time, everything is DEADLINE DRIVEN.
It’s not STRATEGY DRIVEN.
It’s not WHICH SCHOOL AM I IN LOVE WITH.
It’s WHICH SCHOOL HAS A NAME I RECOGNIZE THAT STILL HAS AN OPEN ROUND.
Which is NOT the way to choose your bschool but whatever. It’s the reality.
And so we’re left here, about two-thirds of the top school deadlines behind us, knowing that Round 3 is too late, and which schools are left?
Those schools are gonna get all kinds of applications from BSers who may or may not be a fit, and may or may not be qualified, and who
may or may not have spent much time researching the school oh shucks who’re we kidding, we know they didn’t.
Way out on the horizon, we see Stanford glinting at us with a Round 2 deadline of January 10th.
Yeah, sure. You might get in.
Sorry, it took us a minute to get back up off the floor. All that laughing took us out for a minute.
Where were we?
So, yes, go ahead and submit your Round 2 application to Stanford.
Or maybe you’ll recognize that Cornell is an ah-ma-zing school too.
Soojin? Diana? Bryan? All you wonderful adcom peeps of Michigan Ross? If you’re reading this?
On behalf of BSers of the Future:
EssaySnark would LOVE to be able to suggest Michigan Ross as an incredible MBA program to some straggler BSers next year, who we know will be really motivated (even if that motivation kicks in a little bit late) and who will be interested in going to a great MBA program (even if it’s not Stanford), who didn’t quite get started on writing essays till like December 30th.
Perhaps you can switch spots on the Round 2 calendar with those nice GSB admissions folks?