You got your HBS app in the bag. Congratulations!! The first one is always the hardest.
Now you could be wondering, which application should you tackle from here?
Which schools should be prioritized based on how easy – or hard – their questions are?
Now that you’re further up the learning curve of understanding how to write good essays, which school should you do next, to maximize your momentum, and take advantage of the deadlines that are coming, while watching out for pitfalls that lay ahead on the calendar in the next month of submit dates?
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If you’re already stressed by it all, and trying to figure out which schools are safely punted to Round 2 since you feel you’re out of time: Do your very best to get apps in for Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, and Stanford submitted in Round 1. Honestly, all top schools should be Round 1 this year — provided you’re spending the requisite time on them and they are high-quality presentations!! Our spidey sense is that Round 2 is going to be a helluva round this season especially. If you have a good test score lined up, and you’ve made it this far in constructing apps and strategies, then keep plugging away and see how far you can get with putting those ideas on the page. Our Sanity Check can let you know if the work is of a level where it may turn into a success story for you — or, if you should consider pulling back and revamping the strategy.
For most people, around five-ish apps is the number they max out at. Some people it’s only three. It’s rare that we see someone with the stamina to do a great job on six or more. This stuff is just too mentally taxing. Prioritize around that. If you really really really want to go to MIT Sloan, then don’t put the Sloan app off. Move it up in your project plan, and start on it sooner — even though their deadline is later.
If a school has three essays, maybe do that as your next project, while you’re still reasonable fresh.
Look at the requirements for each school and plan accordingly.
Keep working on essays and apps every single day.
You’re just starting the big push. Pace yourself! Make a plan and execute — and be willing to adjust as you need to, as the month progresses out from here.