After issuing congrats to a very happy Brave Supplicant last year who wrote to us with news of their success, we asked if we could share their story on the blahg, and this is what we got!! Figured all of you toiling current-crop BSers might appreciate a pick-me-up story of where your hard work will be (hopefully!!!) leading soon.
Thanks Snark! I took my acceptance call while snowboarding and I think my husband and friends were concerned I was going to fall down the mountain from excitement.
Sorry for the delay getting back to you– here’s a write up of my experience. Please feel free to suggest any edits.
I took the GMAT a few years ago and half-heatedly decided to apply that year. I was ambitious with my school selection and underprepared as an applicant both from a personal and professional stance. Although I worked hard on my applications, I was outright rejected without an interview from the two schools to which I’d applied. I was disappointed, but knew I could present myself as a better applicant with a bit of time on my side.
Fast forward to Round 1 of this year’s  application cycle. I knew I had to do things differently this time around if I wanted a better result. I read the Blahg previously and decided I’d go for the Complete Essay Package for my favorite school (which is one I’d applied to the first go around as well).
Although I didn’t enjoy the application process much at all, I appreciated that Snark broke it down into accomplishments and career goals before I started my essays. The feedback I received was at times frustrating, but always accurate. By the end of the process I was really proud of the application I’d put together and felt like the content represented me well and in a concise way I just wouldn’t have arrived at on my own. It did feel like an “introspective” process too in the sense that I feel like I have a better idea what I want to do with my life today than I did ~4.5 months ago when I started thinking about school.
I’m excited to report that I applied to three schools and was admitted (only) to my top choice with a very generous fellowship! I was waitlisted at my second choice and rejected without an interview at my third. I am absolutely stunned by the result and can’t wait to begin my MBA in the fall.
To everyone in the midst of application season, good luck!
This obviously came over to us some months back and we’re certain that many of you who have gone through the process fully understand the sentiments expressed!! What this shows though is that despite how much you don’t like the writing and rewriting (and getting difficult feedback!!) that it’s really necessary to suck it up and go through it. That’s where strong essays are born! The difference between the first drafts that this former BSer sent in for review and the last ones that they ended up submitting with their apps is like night and day. It’s only through the teeth-gritting effort that most people get to that place. So, if you’ve felt like DANG THIS IS PAINFUL!! then yeah, that’s a common experience, and yeah, it’s really really worth it to just keep plugging away!!!
Good luck to this BSer too – maybe at some point we’ll get another update from the in-person experience of being on campus at this top school.