The answer to this question is YES!
While not ideal, we’ve supported applicants starting from nothing on their MBA apps, through full essay development and resume overhaul (which is needed for probably every single one of you reading this!!! yes, really!) in about two weeks’ time.
Our Complete Essay Package gets you through the essays, and then you can add on the Reworking the Resume App Accelerator. There’s also additional services like the Transcripts & Grades App Accelerator if you’re worried your grades from college might hold you back. For the quickest turnaround — including over the upcoming holiday weekend! — you can add Speedy Review to your submissions, which often gives same-day feedback. For Harvard, we have the HBS Essay Decimator which currently includes Speedy Review for your first draft built into the price.
Or, plow through your essays on your own and then come back for the Sanity Check before you submit, so you have a good sense of whether or not the work you produced is likely to be enough to get you noticed by the admissions committees.
The main message here though is: Yes, you can pull together a set of quality essays, and more than one Round 1 application, starting today and working diligently through the month! We’ve seen it happen, with BSers who’ve come before you pulling off such a feat and actually getting in!
It makes for a very stressful few weeks and again, really not the best way to go about it, but it’s possible to do a good job and turn rough drafts into quality deliverables that can earn you a spot in the incoming class. There’s no guarantees that’ll happen, of course, but it’s doable!! The beauty with Round 1 is that even though it seems like ALL the deadlines are suddenly here, they’re actually well distributed throughout a monthlong period. Which is not the situation you’ll be facing with Round 2! Almost all deadlines are clustered across about four days. It’s a sucky experience for sure when January 1 hits in 2022.
And that’s actually the reason you should be looking at Round 1.
There’s more reasons than only that one for putting a priority on Round 1 if you can — if you’re actually ready. Don’t rush through some apps if you know your GMAT or GRE isn’t as strong as you can make it.
The best approach at this stage?
Push as hard as you can towards that goal of submitting.
See how far you can get.
Work your damnedest to get the essays into tip-top shape.
If, after the best of your most valiant efforts, it turns out that the essays just aren’t coming together… Then don’t submit. But what you will have on your hands at that point is a set of essays that almost is good enough.
Which means it shouldn’t be that much work to finish them off.
And that is a MUCH stronger position to be in than having nothing at all to begin with come deadlines for Round 2.
Oh and also? The biggest Pro Tip of all:
If you don’t make the Round 1 deadline, do not stop. Don’t stop working on essays, revising, rewriting, figuring out your message, just because the pressure is off when the deadline slips into the past. If you haven’t actually SUBMITTED your app then you are STILL UNDER DEADLINE!! What we see so often is, the BSer works-works-works to try and make Round 1, but they can’t quite get the essays to sync with the right level of messaging, and they opt not to submit… And then they quit. They just abandon all the effort, thinking, “Well shoot, I guess I’ll do Round 2,” but without actually making any further progress until the same thing happens again: They’ve got a deadline breathing down their neck, and they’re not even that much closer to being done than they were at this point of Round 1.
That cycle happens all the time. Don’t do that to yourself!
Push as hard as you can right now.
If you don’t get over the finish line? Keep pushing!
This isn’t over until you have the admit in hand, and there will be many deadlines to aim for. Make the most of the pressure that is built into this schedule. Use it in your favor. Get some juices flowing, with the excitement of what you’re trying for.
This is a worthwhile goal, Brave Supplicant! You’re in the zone now. Let’s see what you got!