If you’ve submitted to one or even two schools now (Darden also had a deadline this week, and we know a bunch of BSers who’ve submitted to Columbia, and also to INSEAD, earlier this summer), then we issue you a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS! It’s so tough to get that first one done, and you deserve a huge pat on the back if you managed to pull off an application to any school already. Hitting that “submit” button can be a scary step to take! It may fill you with excitement, but also nervousness, and perhaps a little dread. Your fate is now sealed – it’s in the adcom’s hands!
So what can you expect from here?
Thankfully (or not) with HBS, the wait actually won’t be that long. If you’re like most, you’ll be slammed with other apps through the rest of this month, and then not too far into October you’ll know if you’re moving forward or not at Harvard. Chad Lossee will likely be announcing the actual schedule of interview invitations on the HBS Directors blog soon; if it follows patterns of recent years, it’ll be a couple days of stress in the first week of October. And then you will know. Our Harvard info page captures the general outlines of what to expect.
We do have to issue some unfortunate warnings about the Harvard process especially. Here’s where we lay out the major problem with the way HBS manages admissions and how it can totally mess with your head.
The tl;dr of it is, you’re going to find out if you’re (not) moving forward at Harvard really soon.
For most people, that’s going to be in the “not” category. It’s just how it goes.
And, it can throw you for a loop and make you feel like a total loser. (Just go read the whole post where we lament in full.)
What you have to focus on right now is: Take all the learnings that you have wrought out of your completion of that first application, and stay motivated. You’re going to roll straight into essay writing for your second application.
Just because you know some of your stories now, and have a better handle of how to write an essay in answer to these questions, you will resist the urge to copy and paste. There are very very few schools where you can reuse much of your content (we have pointed out the ones that have commonalities to be exploited here!).
Oh hey here’s a Pro Tip:
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No matter what: Be proud that you got your first application done! That’s a massive achievement unto itself. Now use this momentum you’ve built up, and no coasting. Don’t take any breaks. You can sleep in October, when all of this is done. Keep moving forward, BSer — that’s how you conquer the next hill!!
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