Regardless of how far along you are right now and if you’ve felt the suffering involved with the many steps of applying, be it GMAT or GRE, or looking through painful evidence of poor academics in the form of those college transcripts, or thinking through who you’re going to approach for the difficult task of asking for recommendations, much less starting in on the torture device of writing essays… We bet you might appreciate hearing what’s on the other side of this whole ordeal! It may seem like a very long time away, however when December 2021 rolls around, it’s highly likely that you’re going to have at least one admit in hand, for a top MBA program. Here’s a report from a past-year Brave Supplicant, to give you a small preview of what that will feel like when it happens to you! This was received completely unsolicited, this is not a paid promotional ad nor was it requested by us in any way. Posted with permission, identifying information redacted.
I’m absolutely thrilled, over the moon, that I got into my #1 choice – [top school name redacted]! I made it in despite my crap GPA and underwhelming GMAT. AND while being from an over-represented applicant pool. AND on my first attempt that too. I’m still somewhat in shock.
There are two ES services in particular that I think made all the difference to my application – the Career Goals App Accelerator and the [top school name redacted] strategy guide (all of your schools’ strategy guides for that matter are fantastic).
As someone who was coming from a non-business background, I didn’t know how to clearly articulate my goals and that too within the absurd character limits that most schools set. Thanks to the Career Goals App Accelerator (which was basically the first thing I started off with on my MBA App journey in June), I was able to introspect about what it was that I really wanted to do, and condense it into the most succinct sentence I have ever written.
The essay-writing inertia is real. Not knowing where to start is the worst. But your strategy guides have been a life-saver in that regard. They helped me start small, with the building blocks of the essays rather than jump into “staring confusedly at a blank document” mode. The [top school name redacted] guide is particularly good as it helps to navigate somewhat ambiguous or abstract questions that the university asks. I also used it as a litmus test – I wrote the essays, and went back to your guide to check if I’d hit all the aspects that [top school name redacted] looks for.
Oh – and I got waitlisted at [other top school]! I’m not going to be actively pursuing it as [top school name redacted] has been my #1 for a long time (though my husband will be matriculating at [other top school] in Fall 2020). My husband and I are excited to move from [international city] and head to [U.S. city], while studying at universities that are perfect for us. We both have ES to thank as he heavily relied on the [other top school] Strategy guide as well during his application and recommended it to me when I started working on my apps. He’s an Indian male ‘data engineer’, and he made it to [other top school] thanks to his awesome pitch 😉
We both spent ~$500 total with you guys, but our return on investment has been phenomenal.
Thank you, EssaySnark. From both of us.
Cheers,[Brave Supplicant (name redacted for privacy) and husband]
These kinds of reports are of course amazing to receive — hopefully this helps you right now too! It’s possible to do this without spending a fortune, and it’s also possible for both partners of a couple to make it in, whether to the same school or to separate schools that are great fits for each one (which admittedly can be a tough decision to make as a unit, but is sometimes the best way to go for each of you to maximize opportunities individually). Want to read more on couples applying together? What about international MBA applicants — or specifically Indians? Or heck, engineers? We have many more posts on topics that are relevant to all of these aspects of a candidacy!