EssaySnark doesn’t want to get all metasophical on you or anything (yes that’s a word, we just made it up) but…
We have this one client.
He tried to get in last year.
He started too late, and he got bad advice, and he submitted some really lousy apps. And of course he targeted the very best schools.
(Oh wait – you’ve heard this story before? Yeah, so have we.)
So then he comes to us and wants help this year. And we go over a strategy and he’s bound and determined to reapply at some of those schools he bombed at before, and OK fine, we say it’s unlikely but go along with it, and we keep encouraging him to try elsewhere too. At other really good schools. Like UCLA Anderson.
(Maybe this kid is a little too big for his britches. LA isn’t good enough for him. It’s New York New York New York for this one.)
Whatever. He tries again this season, with Round 1 apps like he’s supposed to, and…
Here we are in March and he’s not been accepted anywhere yet.
And do you wanna know what we think the reason is?
(Besides the aforementioned too-big issue.)
This kid has lost the faith.
This guy has a screamin’ GMAT score, his academics are decent to good, he’s done the standard pre-MBA career track and his goals are in line with what we’d expect. He’s got some relatively OK stories to tell in his apps, nothing earth-shattering, but some above-average examples of having an impact and doing good. On paper he’s competitive with his peers.
And he’s not getting in.
If a Brave Supplicant finds him- or herself in this situation, then in our brutally direct assessment, there are two possible causes:
#1. The BSer is arrogant. Yes, we’ve detected a smidgeon of that in this dude, but, nothing extreme. However, if the arrogant vibe comes out too strong in an interview, it can be the kiss of death. Perhaps there’s some of that going on.
More likely though it’s:
#2. The BSer doesn’t believe. In fact, the BSer not only does not believe he’ll get in to bschool — he actively imagines and fears and fantasizes about not getting in.
While EssaySnark does not have direct access to this kid’s thoughts, we are quite confident in our assessment that this is what the problem is.
This guy has gotten his confidence trampled, and now he believes the worst. He has decided that he is a bschool loser, and he’s doing all in his power to create that as his reality.
If someone is in this situation, if someone has convinced himself that he’s not gonna make it, if the underlying thought patterns are of doom and gloom in someone’s mind, well… sorry Charlie, there ain’t nuthin’ we can do.
Yes, we’ve tried the cheerleading rap, we’ve tried all the rah-rah and go get ums and all. There is NO REASON why this person should not be getting an offer (at least, for the schools he finally resigned himself to in Round 2, which were much more in line with where he should’ve been targeting from the beginning — yes, we’re now talking Kellogg instead of Harvard).
Sometimes, it just takes time. Some people don’t make it in the first time through, and they get up, brush themselves off, and try again. As long as you do that with clear eyes and a realistic plan, you WILL get in — eventually. There is room for everyone at the bschool inn, you just have to find your proper home. Swear to G., this is what EssaySnark believes.
And we will be there to help you. We WANT you to be successful. (At least, the non-arrogant, non-greedy, non-unethical ones of you.)
But we canNOT help at all if you do not believe in yourself.
As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Ya gotta believe. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else can do it for you.