July 5, 2010 by EssaySnark - Discusses IE
July 3, 2010 by EssaySnark - Discusses IE
July 1, 2010 by EssaySnark - Discusses IE, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Harvard
The proof versus the promise.
($) What are “Awards and Honors” in an MBA app?
($) What your HBS essay should not be.
($) Writing essays for complex environments: When is a deep dive beneficial?
($) Stanford GSB: Optional (not optional!) stories of impact
($) Kellogg essay 1: Leadership and creating value
($) Breathless bloat and gloat can backfire.
($) More on that HBS MBA essay
($) A map to writing Columbia essay 3: “a leader you admire”
($) What would it take for you to be the best at something?
($) The challenge with any “contribution” essay
We were gonna talk about getting into Columbia today but
($) “Lessons learned” in MBA essays
($) Columbia’s MBA essay 3 – “team failure”
($) How not to confuse your adcom reader
($) Look back over your life
Super Secret SnarkStrategy: How to write a multidimensional essay
($) Lessons learned in essays: “This experience taught me…”
($) Darden’s “most important professional feedback” essay
($) When you’re asked to identify a weakness
($) essay critique/recommendations: The most important piece of constructive feedback…
($) UCLA essay on “recent events”
($) “Should I write about this horrible personal experience in my essays for business school?”
($) “Should I write about my ADHD in my essays for business school?”
($) essay critique: Booth “who you are” essay
($) A question to explore before starting to understand why you want an MBA
($) essay critique! Yale “biggest commitment” essay
($) Here’s a test for Stanford “What matters most?”
($) Essays about passion
($) Essay Critique! Yale “biggest commitment”
We really just need to be reminding y’all: SHOW, DON’T TELL
($) When do you need to provide proof for what you are saying in your essays and apps?
($) Stories of change and personal transformation in MBA essays
($) Here’s a vivid (we hope!) explanation of the critical essay-writing technique of show don’t tell
($) Identifying stellar stories of leadership and impact for MBA apps
($) Are you arrogant?
($) The most important technique you need to learn to write a good MBA admissions essay
($) WRITING WEEK! Day 4: The problem of the parrot.
($) The importance of explicit “why MBA” content
($) essay critique: Wharton “What do you hope to gain professionally?”
($) Citation needed.
($) In your career goals / why MBA essay, everything needs to line up just so.
($) A great way to brainstorm about your post-MBA career goals
($) Backup plans and next steps: What if it’s looking like you might not get in?!??
($) An essay is an argument redux (with some comments on MBA application theme)
($) “Yo EssaySnark! Please explain again what this ‘school fit’ thing is about?”
Tales from the Trenches! A belated Success Story, with important advice to BSers who are headed to school this Fall.
($) Stanford Admissions gives older BSer the best option in the world.
What if you work for a no-name company? Can you still get in to bschool?
Success Story! The roundabout route – the finale!
($) The CFA could give you a headstart.
($) “Is a 2-year MBA better than 1-year for someone from IT?”
($) If Kellogg said ‘no’ to you…
One big thing you miss out on with a 1-year MBA
Pros and cons of a 1-year MBA
One-year MBA options
Booth deadline extended!
Happy New Year!
Quote of the Day
Apparently it’s starting??!
The Round 1 Countdown is coming!
Immigration ruling for foreign students in the U.S. rescinded!
The Countdown is starting!
How are we doing?
Thank you. (And new ‘follow blahg’ option available.)
($) Not-so-great examples of Honors and Awards on the app
The clock is ticking!!
($) Interpreting instructions from the adcom
($) The MBA app dataset: A real opportunity
($) Should you include your LinkedIn page with your MBA application?
($) When to update the adcom after they have your app
($) “Will they call my old boss to ask why I was fired?”
($) What are “extracurriculars”?
($) Maximize opportunities, and optimize your time. Be intentional.
($) You can have 2 of these 3.
($) MIT and NYU are not safety schools
($) Just In Time MBA App Prep: What if you JUST decided to apply to bschool? Like, NOW?
($) Why do schools extend MBA app deadlines?
What if you miss the deadline by only a few minutes or an hour?
Head’s up if you are thinking about Tuck for Round 2
($) “I did 4 schools in Rd 1. Should I really be thinking about Rd 2?”
Is it time for Round 2??!???
Looking ahead to Round 2…
($) “If all my other Rd 1 apps are crap shouldn’t I go ahead with Columbia ED anyway?”
($) Identifying the purpose and function of each part of your pitch
($) Which school is innovating with its application requirements (and why should you care)
($) Figuring out what the schools want.
($) Developing your application theme
The problem with the idea of “branding” in your MBA application
($) How to show your authenticity: Storytelling
($) “I have so much stuff, I can’t fit it on a one-page resume.”
($) All those “humble” BSers.
($) Strong first sentence
($) Canceling your GMAT score is a bad idea (plus, how many schools should you apply to?)
Positive changes to GMAT score cancellation policies
Now there’s no risk to taking the GMAT lots of times. (Or is there?)
($) “Beware of GMAT Score Cancellations” and the optional essay
($) If you cancel your GMAT score, should you reinstate it?
($) GMAT test strategies: Should you cancel your score? (Part 3)
($) Canceling a GMAT score: Impact and how the schools will perceive it (Part 2)
GMAT strategies: Should you cancel your score?
GMAT score preview and canceling your scores
($) Reviewing a BSer’s long-term goal
($) “Do I need to have experience in my target industry in order to pitch it in my MBA essays?”
($) Career changer: Anything else into finance
($) Career goals ideas, if you honestly don’t know what you want to do with the MBA
Are you ready to change the world?
($) Changing careers? Think through how you’re ready, even if you think that you’re not
($) The simplest guide to MBA career goals. Courtesy of Berkeley Haas.
($) MBA career goals are goals for your career (“Well duh EssaySnark”)
($) Are you proposing too big of a change?
($) “Is 30 too old…?”
($) What do consulting firms look for in their candidates?
($) One more post on too-specific MBA career goals
There are two parts to your pitch: What you say, and how you say it.
($) Can you make too much money to get into an MBA program?
What impact will the Great Resignation have on MBA hiring?
($) A smattering of random ideas that relate to post-MBA careers and recruiting
($) Short term goal, long term goal, dream job – OH MY!
($) WRITING WEEK! Day 2: Reduce the Fluff Factor
($) Want to go into consulting? Here’s a tip to increase the chances of a successful pitch.
($) essay critique! NYU Stern MBA “short and long-term career goals”
($) “I’m just gonna say ‘consulting’ as my MBA goals.”
($) Why do people end up in consulting?
($) Post-MBA career trends at Kellogg
($) The need for specifics
($) “I want to work in edtech”
We’re in a tough time right now.
($) The importance of volunteering in an MBA application (coronavirus edition)
($) Impact on covid for international students ready for bschool right now
It’s April 21, 2021 and here’s what we know.
($) Columbia extending their application deadline this year: What does it mean, and should you apply?
Should you be planning for pre-MBA travels?
C’mon you guys.
Wherein EssaySnark gets schooled in statistics.
PSA: Even after you’re vaccinated, you still need to mask and socially distance.
There will never be another moment in time like this one.
($) MIT Sloan MBA’s interview-invite essay on the “mission” and creating a welcoming environment
What leadership is (not).
($) Wharton essay 2: What will you contribute?
What is culture?
($) The simple way to answer Booth’s essay question this year.
($) essay critique: Any essay, really.
“Culture” questions (INSEAD, LBS, etc.)
($) “Will I be canceled if I change my mind after accepting a school’s offer?”
($) School X or School Y: What if they truly are comparable???
($) What about asking for a deferral?
($) The admissions landscape in 2021: Asking a school to match another school’s offer (2021 edition – Part 2)
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: School X? Or School Y with $$? 2021 edition (Part 1)
($) Deciding on schools: “I don’t have all my decisions yet. Do I pay this deposit now just to be sure I secure a spot?”
($) Deciding on schools: Round 2 midcycle edition! Featuring the Ross waitlist situation and other decision-making help
($) How to do bschool with a partner
Success Story: A former BSer shares the experience of applying — and getting in!
($) Ahead of the curve: What might set specific business schools apart as near-term leaders in delivering the online learning experience?
($) Explaining Early Action, Early Decision, Early Admissions, and all these confusing options
($) essay critique! Yale Silver Scholars – graduating college senior MBA application
Are you hurting your chances later if you try for an MBA now?
Where can you apply for an MBA straight out of college?
Our annual reminder: Ethics matter. (aka: Early Decision at Columbia and Duke are binding)
($) Should you apply Early Action / Early Decision?
Columbia MBA early decision deadline & acceptance rate
We were bummed to have discovered this.
($) Renegging on an Early Decision offer
Ethics and Early Decision
Ethics and your MBA application
($) Columbia MBA: Early Decision, rolling admissions, when to apply
($) essay critique! Columbia essay 1 and an edtech career
Beware the buzzword.
($) The profiles that got hit the hardest in this competitive admissions season.
($) Pitching venture capital as your post-MBA goal
($) “I started this thing….” aka When is a startup you’ve created actually a startup
($) Do you still want to be an entrepreneur?
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: What if you’re graduating this Spring?
($) Is that entrepreneurial experience you had a job? Or an extracurricular activity?
($) Using the MBA to start a company
($) There’s really only a few places we’d consider going to learn entrepreneurship.
($) essay review: Harvard’s “What more do you want us to know?” essay (apologies in advance for the snark)
($) essay critique! Meaningful leadership experiences…
($) essay critique! Northwestern Kellogg MBA essay on “values”
($) essay critique! Harvard’s “What else should we know?” essay
($) essay critique! The hardest essay in the world, aka Stanford “What matters most?”
($) More tactics on the optional essay: What to say and how to say it (and how much to say) for issues like low GPA
($) “It is perfectly acceptable to leave this section blank.”
Applying to Grad School: Personal Statement vs Statement of Purpose
($) The submit-then-retest strategy for your GMAT or GRE
Our most useful services and how to best take advantage of them
Explaining the Essay Ideas App Accelerator
Starting on Monday: The MBA App Countdown!
EssaySnark’s pro bono initiatives in support of BIPOC MBA candidates
How to start working on your apps now (even though the apps aren’t out yet)
Which service should I use for which schools?
($) The importance of the pitch
How to flatten the (essay writing) curve
Some cool schools give feedback
($) International applicants: Should you even be focusing on USA for your MBA?
($) What MBA programs are still viable for Round 3?
What do you do if you missed Round 2 AND YOU STILL WANT TO APPLY SOMEWHERE NOW?
($) essay critique! LSE Personal Statement
($) essay critique! LBS post-MBA goals
($) “Is a European MBA the kiss of death?”
Oh wait! Two more schools!
Do YOUR OWN research
($) Should you take the Executive Assessment if you’re trying for a top MBA program?
($) GMAT or GRE – or Executive Assessment???
Our quasi-annual predictions on the coming MBA application season
There’s a new test in town: Should you take the Executive Assessment?
Education is changing – especially the MBA
($) Are you too old to get into business school?
Getting input from admissions BEFORE you apply
Since we’ve been talking about the Executive MBA…
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 2)
($) Older applicant? Why you may not WANT to go to a full-time program.
($) Who / what situations are greenlit for an MBA app in Round 3?
($) “I saw my [friend/mother/grandfather] go through this experience and now my ambition is to…”
Who’s a good fit for the Columbia J-Term?
The importance of career goals
A bschool that seems to be upping its game.
($) Getting an MBA to go back to the family business
($) essay critique! Kellogg career goals
($) The challenge of a “family business” goal
($) Applying where the scholarships are (wherein we talk up Ross, Cornell, Darden, and others)
($) How does venture capital actually work? (Or, how much do you know?)
($) How to break out of the pack
($) What if you never took the GMAT? Are you at a disadvantage if you go to bschool with a GRE score instead?
($) “bonkers” Part 2 (can an Engineer really switch over to Finance?)
Guest Post! What Kind of Life Do You Want?
($) essay critique: Columbia essay 1 (background and goals) for finance candidate
The problem with being a yes-man.
($) Should you get a graduate certificate?
($) Applying to The Kennedy School MPP/MBA
Most folks don’t want an online-only degree. But if you did…
($) Which schools were already online?
Do you work best under deadline?
It’s Juneteenth and this is important.
Maybe it really is all in your head
Tools for self-improvement
Want to go to work in Big Tech? The FANG story is evolving. (Or devolving.)
($) Are you a foreign student coming to study in the U.S.? GREAT! Now be careful.
For reading and reflection
What is ethics?
Nobody sets out to be a bad person.
($) “I’ll just explain this situation about my background in the interview.”
($) Explaining gaps in the resume on your MBA apps
Answers to random BSers’ MBA application questions
This might be where that sucky situation starts to materialize for some of you… :-(
This post is for everyone who INTENDED to do Round 1…
Another quick authenticity post
Things were supposed to be different.
How to receive feedback
One aspect of being culturally sensitive is paying attention to language.
This will be an even bigger week for some of you.
We just have to say how excited we are!!
The best thing you can do right now if you’re interested in going back to school.
($) What skills will be most desirable by future employers?
Plagiarism is just foolish.
($) Authenticity: What it means, why it matters
There’s surely a story here
($) You as an individual is not the same as you as the applicant.
Public Service Message: Please decline the schools you won’t be attending.
Now is a great time for thank-yous!
($) More skills to reflect on and tips for the business world
Being a leader: Tending to language.
($) Start now but don’t finish yet
($) Brainstorming essay topics
Your cat litter box will be very clean this summer.
($) How to get off the waitlist
($) “Is my GMAT score good enough?” Round 2 edition
($) When a 740 GMAT isn’t really a 740 GMAT
Why testing is likely to stay a part of the MBA admissions ecosystem for some time
($) GMAT/GRE waivers: Should you request one?
($) Do the schools look at all your scores?
($) So this is interesting… Since we’re talking about competition for MBA seats and what it takes to get in.
($) What if a high GMAT score is a liability?
($) Updating the admissions office on changes to your profile post-submit: GMAT/GRE/classes
Transcripts, transcripts, transcripts
($) Already have a Master’s degree? Why do you also need an MBA now?
International applicant? Plan ahead for your MBA application requirements
($) The factors that make you much more likely to get a scholarship award along with your MBA admit
($) Wherein EssaySnark lays it all out for you.
MBA with no bachelor’s?
($) How do you evaluate GRE scores? Is “GRE combined” a thing?
($) Demystifying the differences between the GRE and the GMAT in MBA admissions
($) What GRE score is considered competitive this year?
($) GMAT? or GRE? 2019 edition
($) Explaining a low GMAT or GRE score in your MBA apps
($) What’s a good GRE score?
($) “I took the GMAT. If I take the GRE now, do I still have to submit the GMAT score in my MBA app?”
($) GMAT vs GRE strategy questions: Which to take for an MBA?
Just because the schools ACCEPT the GRE does not mean it’s THE SAME.
So you want to change the world.
($) The healthcare MBA: Which business schools are best?
($) The MBA and a healthcare career
($) essay critique! Tuck career goals
($) “Should I apply to Wharton’s Health Care Management track?”
If you want to go where the MBA jobs are, go into healthcare.
You are being brainwashed and used.
($) The pre-MBA internship: Pros and Cons (Part 2)
($) Offers and on-campus recruiting
What salary can you expect if you want to go work at a startup?
($) The Lemming Effect
($) Pre-MBA Internships
($) Big-picture thinking.
($) “When should I start practicing for my interview, and how?”
($) “How do I convince my interviewer that I want to go there?”
($) “I’m interviewing! Can I update my resume?”
($) Where can you get help prepping for your MBA interview?
($) You’re invited to interview at Harvard. Huzzah!! Now, what questions are you going to ask your interviewer?
($) Did your interview invite come with another essay to write?
What Harvard says to you on Tuesday is near-meaningless
($) Timing of interview invitations
($) “I want to go to your school because of the network.”
($) So you got that application in. What happens next?
($) “What about an accelerated MBA like Columbia?”
Which schools release MBA essay questions when?
Considering Columbia? Some quick facts
($) The joint MBA/Master’s app including JD/MBA: How do the schools decide?
($) The joint-degree “MBA+” application strategy
($) If you thought you’d go to law school and now…
Are all the wanna-be lawyers trying for bschool instead?
($) Joint-degree MBA options.
Considering law school instead?
Today is Labor Day! And that means…
Merry Merry! Enjoy your day off!
($) Pro Tip: How to pronounce (and spell!) business school names
How to completely impress your MBA interviewer
Is this unethical? Part 2
Is this unethical?
($) OH NO! Bschools in trouble! (aka, Are MBA applications REALLY tanking?)
Making meaning out of a great leader
Not sick? Wear a mask.
Now that most apps are in: What to do with your life
($) Embroider it on a pillow.
A BSer’s Journey: Round 1 Update!
essay critique: HBS essay 2 “done better”
($) One easy way to tell how bad you want this
($) Which future career paths are not going to care if your GMAT is lower?
($) Low GMAT Round 2 application tactics: Remediation
($) “My GMAT (or GRE) score is not what I wanted. What do I do now, since Rd 2 is happening?”
The shame of a low GMAT score
($) “If I’m really really really really really excited about a school do you think they will let me in???”
($) If you don’t think you can do better on the GMAT
You made it! Now do this. (Reality Check Dub)
($) Low GMAT? Low GPA? Please don’t say these things in your essays.
($) Got a glitch with your grades? TAKE ACTION NOW!
($) What’s a good undergrad GPA?
($) The very best messaging for handling an issue with low GPA
($) Optional essay for low GPA: “I have proven myself since then by excelling at my job.”
($) All schools do a “holistic review.” But…
Plea for Help! “Maybe I’m not as qualified as I thought…”
Success Story! “For you low-GPA types, there is hope!”
($) How MBA admissions works at lower-ranked bschools (aka, the advantages of a higher GMAT score)
By request: Our thoughts on Arizona State
The value of a lower-ranked bschool.
($) “Why don’t you ever talk about my school?”
($) Well-known schools with MBA programs you can actually get into (even with your shaky GMAT)
($) If your GMAT was over 730 and you didn’t make it into a school like Emory…
($) Positives about lower-ranked programs
Geographic factors and lower-ranked schools
($) The joint MBA/Master’s app: Is it easier to get in?
Success Story! With a different ending than you might expect!
($) If the main reason for getting the MBA is financial…
If you really want to go to Harvard…
Off-the-beaten-path programs, and the school in your backyard
($) A comparison of NYU and Ross from one BSer’s perspective
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: Deciding between Michigan Ross and NYU Stern MBA (international student)
($) What is the visa situation for potential international MBA students in 2021?
What changes are you making due to coronavirus?
What you control in life
Why you may want to keep coming back to the EssaySnark blahg even though all your apps are in.
Quick application dos and don’ts
Make Your Essays Great Again
From the ‘Snarchives
From the ‘Snarchives: The Importance of Accomplishments
From the ‘Snarchives: Safety Schools
From the ‘Snarchives: Reasons People Don’t Get In
($) Please don’t paper the country with apps
($) How many apps is enough?
($) Pro Tip: Applying to just one school (or claiming that you are)
($) Be prepared for this to take awhile
($) It’s not a numbers game. (aka “How many apps should I submit?”)
($) “How many schools should I apply to in Round 2?”
($) MBA app volumes and you
How valuable is that MBA?
($) Commuting to a part-time or Executive MBA
No GMAT required part 2
What about an online MBA?
($) If it’s worth mentioning, it’s worth naming
($) What do you tell the adcom if you’re not getting a recommendation from your boss?
($) “How long should the optional essay be?”
($) Pros and cons of a part-time MBA
If the full-time option hasn’t panned out, what about a part-time MBA?
($) Working during your MBA
No cross-referencing, and some comments on applying for a part-time MBA
More questions from BSers!
Success Story! “One admit is all you need”
($) Essay Critique! Career Goals essay! Except…
($) “Is a regular text essay OK for Booth?”
($) If you’re doing a PowerPoint for Stern, Booth, or MIT
NYU didn’t change its essays. But they did.
Columbia’s new essay question
essay critique: NYU Stern essay 3
($) School research idea: What about talking to professors?
($) “What can I do to increase my chances after submitting?”
($) What if you don’t know this stuff now – will it stop you from getting admitted?
($) If you get fired, do you need to tell the adcom?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: All MBA decisions are independent events.
Harvard say yes? Harvard say no? Harvard say maybe? What to do next: A decision tree
($) “Good” post-MBA career goals for your business school application
“If I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I wouldn’t need an MBA”
($) “I want to work at Google” aka career goals and interviewing
By Request: Design Thinking & the MBA
($) Can you be too old to get into an MBA program?
($) Our annual “But what REALLY does it take to get into Harvard Business School??” post
Trying for H/S/W? Why “Is my GMAT good enough?” is not the right question.
($) “No really. What are my chances???”
($) “I got this incredible new job offer. If I take it, what impact will it have on my future MBA apps?”
($) Can you be *too* diverse?
($) A Stanford applicant case study: Avoidable mistakes
($) How do you know if you’re “Harvard material”?
Another “Oh crap. Round 2” post
($) Critical advice for reapplicants
($) Can you get blacklisted by a bschool?
($) More thoughts on the possibilities and problems with a Round 3 application.
($) Reapp advice Part 2
($) Reapplicant advice: What to change? What to stay the same?
($) If you get feedback from the adcoms…
($) Reapplicant advice: “What can I do to increase my chances?”
($) What to do if your MBA recommendations aren’t in
($) How to switch out recommenders
($) One of the most under-recognized challenges in the entire process of applying to business school
It’s not ethical for you to have an admissions consultant review your recommendation letters
($) The best way to choose your SECOND recommender
($) The best way to ask your recommender to write for you
($) The very best person to recommend you
($) Pre-season planning for MBA letters of recommendation
($) Be sure to update your recommenders on outcomes – even if you don’t get in.
($) Which bschool you go to matters FOR YOUR FIRST JOB ONLY
($) If you’re hoping to be a Class of 2022 graduate, please read this.
($) International MBA Wanna-Be? Darden has given you a goldmine.
($) International MBA students and post-MBA employment in the U.S.
($) Trends in recruiting international MBA graduates
($) What REALLY matters in MBA admissions?
Why it hurts so much to get rejected from bschool
($) What does being rejected really MEAN and how can you process it?
Probably the most common response is “But why?”
($) Resume dead weight, aka, easy things you can cut
($) HOW you present is in some ways as important as WHAT you present
($) Stuffing is for turkeys. Not MBA apps.
($) Job titles can be their own form of jargon!
($) Getting your MBA resume to a single page
($) The difference between a resume and a CV and which is best for an MBA application
($) “We had a reorg after I submitted my app and they changed my job title. How do I handle it on my apps?”
($) Pro tips for constructing incredible soundbites on your MBA resume
Want to see a good resume format? Wharton delivers
Now would be a good time for…
($) Taking the GMAT: How many times is too many? 2019 edition
($) How many times taking the GMAT is too many?
($) Multiple GMAT attempts. All of them low.
($) Taking the GMAT: How many times is too many?
Should you retake the GMAT?
(Re)taking the GMAT? Be as prepared as possible – in every way
($) “Should I retake the GMAT as a reapplicant?”
If you’re just joining us: Why applying to Columbia now is not the best idea… But if you’re going to do it, do it NOW!
($) When should a Columbia Regular Decision MBA app get submitted?
What “rolling admissions” means right now
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: International applicants and admits
($) “What’s the latest I can submit to Columbia Regular Decision and still have a shot?”
($) If you’re aiming at Columbia Regular Decision… when to submit?
A quick summary of the Columbia Early Decision option
($) Admissions teams like to say there’s no harm in applying in Round 3, you can try again next year
($) What to keep in mind if you’re thinking of trying for more schools this season
“If they have a waitlist why are they still accepting more apps?”
($) Are you starting to think maybe Round 3?
($) One often overlooked benefit to going to business school
Is “cultural fit” possibly a bad thing?
($) One more post on culture
($) Which MBA programs care if you care about their culture?
($) Should you care about a bschool’s culture?
($) If you really want to geek out on the “school fit” question
($) Taking a non-traditional approach to Stanford Essay B “Why Stanford?”
From a BSer of years past, helping you with Harvard in small ways
($) NYU Stern MBA Essay 1: Change: _____ it
($) More commentary on our EssaySnark Unranked list
($) EssaySnark Unranked: Our list of top schools based on how hard it is to get in
Tracking the system: How are schools changing in terms of diversity and inclusion?
($) Which business schools have gotten more competitive just recently
Duke’s admissions policies in the face of coronavirus are … what? (UPDATED!)
($) So how do you research a bschool?
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 3)
Handy Guide to How to Ask Questions at an Info Session!
($) You need to get out of your pajamas.
The best thing you can do if you haven’t done it yet.
The reason why MIT’s adcom is rad and a big tip for everyone interested in going to bschool
Success Story! “Did I get in because of the things I did…or in spite of them?”
One Brave Supplicant’s full admissions season recapped
Etiquette for attending a school function
($) Round 2 Crunch Mode: Which schools have the easiest apps?
($) Choosing your schools Round 2 Edition
Most applicants can’t let go of the rankings. But the rankings really are not designed to help you.
($) Should you do a “safety” school in Round 1?
($) What does “quality” mean when it comes to top MBA programs?
($) Targeting MBA programs based on your personal values.
($) Going beyond the MBA rankings: How do you choose which bschools to apply to?
($) False negatives, false positives, and you.
($) Why the adcom won’t believe your career goals.
Success Story! Why you’re going through all of this stress and upheaval in your life
More experiences from a Round 1 admit!
Advice from a Success Story! Experiences from a Round 1 admit
Success Story! To round out the year and the decade on the happiest of notes
Success Story! That tells you about the hardest part of the process!
EssaySnark’s admittedly self-serving posting of comments from a former BSer
The value of the Sanity Check
($) Updating the adcom on a job change
Ethics & Professionalism: Changing jobs during the MBA app process
“I want to quit my job and go to bschool”
($) In the middle of applying to bschool, you get this fabulous new job opportunity…
($) Question from a waitlisted BSer: “I hope the adcom does not take this negatively…”
($) When you can update your MBA app after submission
Success Story! In a completely different way…
($) Want to go to work at Amazon?
The other likely driver of increased MBA app volumes
Really sorry but we’re not done with the effing GMAT people yet.
Oh how interesting! The GMAT people think the GMAT is a good thing!
($) Does it help to go with an MBA admissions consultant who has worked in MBA admissions?
Does your MBA admissions consultant need to have an MBA in order to be any good?
($) Going beyond the numbers: Why is it so much harder to get into Kellogg than it is Haas, given their admit rates?
Some schools are being hard-asses about standardized testing and test scores (and a rant)
What next. It’s up to you.
no post today
Should bschools go test-optional?
You’ve probably read enough about the election by now… But here’s one last post on impact of politics on your aspirations for an MBA
Nobody’s thinking about writing essays right now. Right?
Take care of yourselves today.
($) Are we seeing stronger applicants this year?
($) What’s going to happen to the economy and should you care about that right now?
($) The world is changing. Here are the business schools we’d be considering if we were applying to start an MBA in 2021.
($) MBA programs that don’t require the TOEFL for international applicants
EssaySnark’s 2016 Radcom Award
Haas is on our s**t list.
“Taking the woeful.”
($) The best timing for a TOEFL
($) The TOEFL is not the most important part (unless it is).
($) ROI and the MBA
($) One weird trick (no really!) about financing your MBA
Will you be looking more closely at affordability as part of your MBA plans?
Did you know that there may be more essays to write?
($) Columbia’s “Financing Your MBA” application question
This is why tuition at top schools shouldn’t be reduced
($) How the schools are adapting to coronavirus and what it means for you: MBA Scholarship opportunities
($) To Round 3 or not to Round 3?
($) The reality of applying to external scholarships for your graduate education
Gnats, typos, and other pesky things
Black Friday Sale!
($) Identifying your priorities: What matters most to you in an MBA program?
What it means if Michigan Ross “released” you this week
($) Authenticity and values: Your most important guideposts.
How to make decisions
($) What is your purpose in going to bschool?
($) The back-and-forth roundabout process of figuring out which schools to apply to
($) What are values and why might they matter in your quest for getting an MBA?
Not done yet: More on microaggressions
($) Should you include a picture?
($) Video essay/short-answer interview tips
So you’re gonna do a video essay
Stern "personal expression" essay
at risk of completely demotivating you…
($) The value of volunteering on an MBA app
Volunteering and MBA applicants from the non-profit world
($) Exploring the BSer’s claim: “I work too much to do any volunteering.”
($) “What can I do to improve my chances?” Volunteering edition
($) “No extracurriculars after college” continued
($) “Request for help: No extracurricular after college”
($) Answering some questions on MBA app strategy!
Authenticity means sharing who you are.
($) How schools make decisions off the waitlist (and how much hope should you have?)
($) If you were waitlisted in Round 1 2021…
($) Waitlist hopes and dreams
($) The waitlist blues
($) More waitlist discussions and insights
($) Waitlist prospects for Round 2
($) Letters of support for your waitlisted application.
($) Is it OK for your essay to be overlimit?
($) What if your essays are underlimit?
($) Formatting your MBA application essays
($) Reapplicants and the optional essay: What goes where?
($) The big problem with Columbia’s choose-your-own-length essays
($) The other MAJOR problem with Columbia’s essays this year
A guiding principle in essay strategy: Don’t outstay your welcome.
Hyphenating words does not reduce your word count.
Tips on cutting it down to size (overlimit essays)
($) In this competitive season… Warnings to the stereotypical finance-guy applicant
No, you don’t need to work for a big company to get into a top school. But there is one advantage.
Clouds. Marshmallows. Bunnies. Not essays.
($) Your conclusion must match your essay.
($) Concentrated messaging is usually more impactful.
($) How to make your essays more powerful. (With whiskey.)
($) Seeing “sample” essays will not help you be authentic.
($) Your task is not to try to impress the bejeebus out of them.
Proofread, people. (Like, with your own eyes and brain.)
($) Stress-test your sentences.
($) Sweating the small stuff: Formatting decisions on MBA essays
($) Even if Harvard’s essay length is unlimited, the adcom reviewer’s attention is not.
($) The Essay Development Process (revised)
The 10 most common mistakes to make in your MBA essays
($) Improbable attribution
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