Harvard Business School is being remarkably consistent.
Every year around this time, they release their application deadlines for Round 1 and Round 2, and they announce their essay question.
And guess what? A few days ago they did exactly that.
Take that, coronavirus! You ain’t gonna stop HBS from going business as usual!
And, we actually applaud it. Having major institutions comply with their standard ways of operating can make this easier for all of us. Coronavirus may have upended literally everything we know about life, but the admissions cycle will continue at Harvard.
We’re totally serious. We’re not throwing shade. This is a good thing.
Side note: We’re using the word “normal” in this post and actually, one of the most liberating things you can do is to recognize that the “normal” we used to experience will never come back. If we all embrace that, and become open to what NOW is like, we’re going to start feeling better much more quickly. Still, the consistency of a major school sticking to its standard patterns of behavior is still really helpful in restoring a sense of sanity and predictability — the lack of which can make all of us significantly stressed!
The infrastructures of modern life did not all come into being at once — HBS, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson… These entities all started in different times. But they’ve all been part of the fabric of our collective existence now for long enough that they seem almost part of who we are. So when these entities that are part of our everyday experience do things that are expected and normal, it is reassuring in some primal way.
In a different context, this is kind of like how the U.S. government is pumping all sorts of liquidity into the bond markets by buying Treasuries and stuff. It’s a stabilizing force. It’s a big behemoth institution that’s signaling, “Hey folks, we’re here, we’re operating as normal. It’s all gonna be okay.”
That also means that wow, essay season will soon be upon us!!!!!
If you’ve been planning for awhile to apply to bschool in 2020, and for whatever reason you’ve decided not to try in the Round 3 Flextended that’s still happening now (schools like MIT and Yale and Ross and Darden and gobs others are still accepting apps!!! but no, Stanford and Wharton and Harvard are not)… Then EssaySnark will be here to support you! We’re also going to do our best to get back into our regular groove of providing practical how-to-write-the-darned-essay type content, starting up in the coming weeks, just like we always do in May and June as the application season begins to open for the top schools. If you’re rarin’ to go now, the Harvard Application Guide for 2019 is still very valid and absolutely useful, because that Harvard question won’t be changing (“What else do you want us to know as we review your application?”).
We’re also going to be relaunching our MBA Countdown coming up around Memorial Day which is in two short weeks — which is weird because doesn’t it feel like you’ve been on holiday for months now? Yeah sorta.
You’ll hear more about The Countdown quite soon.
Or just stick around to hear our snarky take on
stupid policies from dumb politicians who are pretending to be leaders when they’re only concerned with gratifying their own fragile egos how not to muff up your MBA apps.
It’s gonna be an interesting year!!!