If you’re waiting for decisions for the Class of 2022: Next to nothing.
If you’re kicking the tires and thinking ahead for an app to the Class of 2023: Practically everything.
If you’ve got Round 2 apps in the hopper awaiting word from the adcoms post-interview, there’s very little you can do at this stage. The best advice is to not freak out and become a stress-monster that does silly things to get on the adcom’s radar in a not-helpful way. You don’t want to be the applicant who calls up the admissions office in a panic because you realized that you entered your zip code incorrectly in your application. You don’t want to be the one who asks to reschedule their interview. You don’t want to be the one who is noticed for going outside the process in any way. Sit tight (sit on your hands if you have to) and let things unfold. That ship has sailed and your job now is to wait and see if it returns to shore to pick you up and transport you to new horizons.
If you’re thinking about Round 3 as a backup plan, then you have a bit more under your control, mostly the essays (which can be more impactful than BSers sometimes suspect, especially in Round 3), and your recommenders’ strategy.
If you’re hoping to be part of the Class of 2023 that matriculates in 18 months’ time, then you actually have massive amounts of opportunity at hand.
There is so much under your control if you’re planning ahead for a Round 1 application.
So often, BSers come to us in July and ask, “Hey EssaySnark! What can I do to improve my chances????”
And we’re like, “Uhhhh….”
Because at that point, the facts of your profile are set in stone. Nothing can be changed. You’re just about the pitch — working with the facts at hand, managing how you present the material you’ve got.
But sitting here now, you have months and months ahead of you.
Now is the time to propose a big project a work to improve the lot of your fellow associates.
Now is the time to step up to lead that committee for your college alumni association.
Now is the time to double down on those hobbies and interests that can add to the human element of an application. (It’s a little late to start something fresh and then claim in your essays in a few months that you’re “passionate” about it because, like, if you were so “passionate” then you would’ve been doing it for years already, and not only gotten motivated enough to start in the same year that you happen to be planning for applying to grad school.)
Now is also the time to start considering your recommenders. Who is your ally at work? What individuals should you think about tapping for this super important task in your apps?
And oh hey look!
NOW IS THE TIME TO RETAKE THAT GMAT OR GRE IF IT’S PROVEN TO BE A STUMBLING BLOCK FOR YOU.
And, equally important if not more so for some BSers:
Now is the time to take a class to prove to the adcom that the low quant score on your GMAT and/or the poor grades in college aren’t who you are today, and to augment the facts of your profile in order to neutralize negatives.
Sitting here today, in the early part of the year, before we’ve even had a changing of season, NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION!
It might even be the right time to take a class or pull out those test prep materials if you’re in the hopper for Round 2 applications and considering Round 3.
That’s especially true if you’re looking at the possibility of reapplying in Round 1.
The best way that a reapplicant can improve her chances of getting in during the subsequent season is to make concerted effort to become a new-and-improved version of what she presented initially. (As this person did.)
If your GMAT or GRE is a known weakness, take action now!
No better time than the present, BSer!
Sitting here today, looking out to the future, you have complete control over the shape your profile will take on.
This window of opportunity will start to close soon.
Now is the time for action!