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($) Stanford GSB: Optional (not optional!) stories of impact
($) Kellogg essay 1: Leadership and creating value
($) Breathless bloat and gloat can backfire.
($) More on that HBS MBA essay
The proof versus the promise.
($) A map to writing Columbia essay 3: “a leader you admire”
($) What would it take for you to be the best at something?
($) essay critique! HBS essay from a Navy submariner
($) Another post about the Darden Class of 2021 “evolving leadership style” essay
($) essay critique! Kellogg “a time you have demonstrated leadership”
($) 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…
($) “Should I write about this horrible personal experience in my essays for business school?”
($) “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”
($) essay critique! Stanford “What matters most and why” military version
($) “Is this an accomplishment?” plus a mini-rant in response to a question about Yale’s commitment essay
($) Are you arrogant?
($) The most important technique you need to learn to write a good MBA admissions essay
($) Embroider it on a pillow.
($) Another “show, don’t tell” post
($) “no other school has…”
($) Being a “thought leader” is not a career goal.
($) Compare and Contrast (Part 2)
($) Do not overpromote!
($) essay critique: Wharton “What do you hope to gain professionally?”
($) Writing Week! Day 4: The problem of the parrot.
($) Citation needed.
($) 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?”
($) Already have a Master’s degree? Why do you also need an MBA now?
Tales from the Trenches! A belated Success Story, with important advice to BSers who are headed to school this Fall.
($) 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?”
($) If Kellogg said ‘no’ to you…
One big thing you miss out on with a 1-year MBA
Pros and cons of a 1-year MBA
One-year MBA options
Immigration ruling for foreign students in the U.S. rescinded!
The Countdown is starting!
How are we doing?
Thank you. (And new ‘follow blahg’ option available.)
Kellogg announced first coronavirus case
Happy New Year!
Six weeks and counting. (But really five. Or probably four. Or actually just two.)
Happy Memorial Day! Class of 2022 applicants, let’s go! The Countdown has launched!
The Round 1 Countdown is coming!
($) Do “legacies” have an admit advantage?
Another prep step: App Fee Waivers!
($) The MBA app dataset: A real opportunity
Military awards and the Wharton app dataset (with insight for civilians and other schools too)
Bad MBA essay typos (2019 edition)
($) When to update the adcom after they have your app
“completely lost on HBS essay and need help”
($) Taking the GMAT: How many times is too many? 2019 edition
“What do you do for fun?”
One warning about overthinking
($) When should a Columbia Regular Decision MBA app get submitted?
What if you miss the deadline by only a few minutes or an hour?
($) “I’m out of time. I’m going to just push everything to Round 2.”
($) Test extensions: Should you submit your app before you take the GMAT or GRE? And which round?
($) The main advantage to Round 1 this year
Schools are trying for normalcy and that is a good thing (thank you HBS!)
What “rolling admissions” means right now
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: Kellogg changes the game
($) Make no mistake: The flexibility with deadline extensions and loosened requirements is for the schools
($) Should you apply now? Are you thinking about Round 1?
($) Figuring out what the schools want.
($) 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
“Will your services help me in identifying my themes?”
($) Star Wars and how to figure out your stories
Beware the kitchen-sink strategy.
($) 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
($) “Do I need to have experience in my target industry in order to pitch it in my MBA essays?”
Are you ready to change the world?
($) 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…?”
($) Why do people end up in consulting?
($) You need to get out of your pajamas.
($) “I want to work in edtech”
($) Which schools focus on your post-MBA career goals?
There are two parts to your pitch: What you say, and how you say it.
($) Do you still want to be an entrepreneur?
($) “How much time should I spend explaining my long-term post-MBA goal in my essays?”
($) WRITING WEEK! Day 2: Reduce the Fluff Factor
“If I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I wouldn’t need an MBA”
($) Coronavirus and career goals for the Class of 2023 applicants
($) “I’m just gonna say ‘consulting’ as my MBA goals.”
($) Post-MBA career trends at Kellogg
($) The need for specifics
($) What if you never took the GMAT? Are you at a disadvantage if you go to bschool with a GRE score instead?
Military Candidates: Consulting as a career goal
($) WHY do you want to be a consultant?
There will never be another moment in time like this one.
($) How important is volunteering in an MBA application? (coronavirus edition)
($) Some schools really threw out the playbook when coronavirus came along.
Now MIT Sloan changes the game: Test-optional MBA admissions
($) Let’s talk about business schools.
($) Coronavirus: Everything is politicized. Including your education.
($) Coronavirus: The importance of GMAT/GRE this year, plus advice on crafting a list of MBA targets
Coronavirus and Fall 2020: What on earth are they going to DO?!?
Duke’s admissions policies in the face of coronavirus are … what? (UPDATED!)
($) When schools do resume on-campus classes, there will be many changes.
($) 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.
($) essay critique: Any essay, really.
“Culture” questions (INSEAD, LBS, etc.)
Success Story: A former BSer shares the experience of applying — and getting in!
($) Ahead of the curve: What might set specific business schools apart as near-term leaders in delivering the online learning experience?
($) How the schools are adapting to coronavirus and what it means for you: MBA Round 2 decisions
($) Deciding on a school: Qualitative factors
($) School X? Or School Y with $$?
($) Why doing your own research is so important
What’s wrong with this picture?
An abundance of riches!! OMG Yay!! …….. eeek now what?!?
($) Choosing between top-ranked MBA programs
($) If you got into a top bschool and now you’re thinking you’re not going to go
Are you hurting your chances later if you try for an MBA now?
Where can you apply for an MBA straight out of college?
($) “If all my other Rd 1 apps are crap shouldn’t I go ahead with Columbia ED anyway?”
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
($) Columbia MBA: Early Decision, rolling admissions, when to apply
($) What (not) to look for in an admissions consultant
($) essay critique! Columbia essay 1 and an edtech career
Beware the buzzword.
($) The profiles that got hit the hardest in this competitive admissions season.
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: What if you’re graduating this Spring?
($) 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.
School to Startup data
($) What does “I want to start a company” mean?
If you really want to start a company…
($) 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?”
($) School research idea: What about talking to professors?
($) Applying to The Kennedy School MPP/MBA
($) If it’s worth mentioning, it’s worth naming
($) The importance of the pitch
How to flatten the (essay writing) curve
“Ack! Why can’t you just get on the phone and talk to me, EssaySnark!??”
How to start working on your apps now (even though the apps aren’t out yet)
The value of the Sanity Check
What you’re paying us for.
One of our interview prep services is closing down!
Explaining the Essay Ideas App Accelerator
($) International applicants: Should you even be focusing on USA for your MBA?
Some cool schools give feedback
($) 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
($) “Is a European MBA the kiss of death?”
Oh wait! Two more schools!
Do YOUR OWN research
($) GMAT or GRE – or Executive Assessment???
There’s a new test in town: Should you take the Executive Assessment?
($) Are you too old to get into business school?
Getting input from admissions BEFORE you apply
Since we’ve been talking about the Executive MBA…
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 2)
($) Older applicant? Why you may not WANT to go to a full-time program.
The “E” in “EMBA” does not stand for “Exclusive.” And that’s OK.
($) Who / what situations are greenlit for an MBA app in Round 3?
($) “I saw my [friend/mother/grandfather] go through this experience and now my ambition is to…”
($) Short term goal, long term goal, dream job – OH MY!
Who’s a good fit for the Columbia J-Term?
The importance of career goals
A bschool that seems to be upping its game.
($) 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?)
($) How to break out of the pack
($) “bonkers” Part 2 (can an Engineer really switch over to Finance?)
Guest Post! What Kind of Life Do You Want?
($) essay critique: Columbia essay 1 (background and goals) for finance candidate
The problem with being a yes-man.
($) So you want to be a venture capitalist
($) The CFA and the MBA: The one caveat (and the most common mistake for finance candidates)
Most folks don’t want an online-only degree. But if you did…
($) Which schools were already online?
Want to go to work in Big Tech? The FANG story is evolving. (Or devolving.)
($) Are you a foreign student coming to study in the U.S.? GREAT! Now be careful.
For reading and reflection
What is ethics?
Source material and inputs into our deliberation process on this issue #ethics
Developing critical thinking skills
How do you know what to believe?
Quote of the Day
The Strategy of Authenticity: Mid-Season Edition
Nobody sets out to be a bad person.
($) “I’ll just explain this situation about my background in the interview.”
($) Explaining gaps in the resume on your MBA apps
Answers to random BSers’ MBA application questions
There’s so much coming at all of us right now
Keep on truckin’!!!
($) Should we really have to point this out?
Trying to walk the talk
So what are you going to do about it?
Please be kind.
($) The MBA admissions essay question that every business school should ask for the Class of 2023
A case study: Let’s examine an event that the media covered
“But what about fake news?”
($) Everything matters in your essays, BSer!
Too much spin is a turnoff and becomes the opposite of an authentic presentation of yourself.
($) Should you work through your MBA?
($) MBA admissions and background checks
“What should I do with my summer?”
($) “I got into bschool! When can I quit my job????”
Anxiety and your interview (MBA or otherwise)
How to email the MBA admissions office
Another “Oh crap. Round 2” post
($) What GRE score is considered competitive this year?
Now would be a good time for…
Test-flexible policies? Be aware of the differences and know what’s required.
($) How the schools are adapting to coronavirus and what it means for you: Standardized testing and Round 3 apps
($) To Round 3 or not to Round 3?
($) Updating the admissions office on changes to your profile post-submit: GMAT/GRE/classes
Transcripts, transcripts, transcripts
International applicant? Plan ahead for your MBA application requirements
($) The factors that make you much more likely to get a scholarship award along with your MBA admit
($) How to get off the waitlist
($) Wherein EssaySnark lays it all out for you.
MBA with no bachelor’s?
($) Fewer MBA apps. But stronger applicants. What that means for you.
($) PSA to international MBA applicants: A 4.0 GPA is very rare.
($) GMAT? or GRE? 2019 edition
($) 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?”
($) GMAT vs GRE strategy questions: Which to take for an MBA?
Just because the schools ACCEPT the GRE does not mean it’s THE SAME.
($) MBA Class of 2018: GMAT? Or GRE? Which is best?
GRE vs GMAT scores submitted to Harvard HBS
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
($) Big-picture thinking.
($) Did your interview invite come with another essay to write?
($) What should you wear to a Zoom interview?
Practical interviewing tips, courtesy of Darden!
($) MBA interviewing is going to be different this year
What Harvard says to you on Tuesday is near-meaningless
($) Timing of interview invitations
Tuck sucks. (Not totally. But yeah kind of.)
($) How to do a Zoom or Skype interview for your MBA
($) Should you contact admissions about a bad interviewer?
($) Do you change tactics if you’re interviewing with a student?
($) “What about an accelerated MBA like Columbia?”
Which schools release MBA essay questions when?
Considering Columbia? Some quick facts
($) 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?
($) Joint-degree MBA options.
Considering law school instead?
Merry Merry! Enjoy your day off!
($) 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?
Make 2018 different.
($) OH NO! Bschools in trouble! (aka, Are MBA applications REALLY tanking?)
Not sick? Wear a mask.
Now that most apps are in: What to do with your life
($) “What projects do I include on my resume for my MBA application?”
($) If there is a secret to getting into a top MBA program, this is it.
($) How are you ‘differentiated’ part 2
A BSer’s Journey: Round 1 Update!
essay critique: HBS essay 2 “done better”
($) Low GMAT Round 2 application tactics: Remediation
($) “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)
($) Low GMAT? Low GPA? Please don’t say these things in your essays.
($) All schools do a “holistic review.” But…
A BSer asks: “why does LBS take people with 600 gmat score whilst rejecting those with 700+?”
($) Got a glitch with your grades? TAKE ACTION NOW!
($) 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.”
Plea for Help! “Maybe I’m not as qualified as I thought…”
Success Story! “For you low-GPA types, there is hope!”
We tried. We really did. But we’ve caved.
($) There’s two possible reasons why you didn’t make it in. (But really only one.)
($) We know YOU won’t make these basic interview mistakes.
($) How MBA admissions works at lower-ranked bschools (aka, the advantages of a higher GMAT score)
By request: Our thoughts on Arizona State
The value of a lower-ranked bschool.
($) “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…
($) Positives about lower-ranked programs
($) The joint MBA/Master’s app: Is it easier to get in?
Success Story! With a different ending than you might expect!
Applying to Grad School: Personal Statement vs Statement of Purpose
($) If the main reason for getting the MBA is financial…
If you really want to go to Harvard…
Off-the-beaten-path programs, and the school in your backyard
($) A comparison of NYU and Ross from one BSer’s perspective
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: Deciding between Michigan Ross and NYU Stern MBA (international student)
What changes are you making due to coronavirus?
What you control in life
Why you may want to keep coming back to the EssaySnark blahg even though all your apps are in.
Quick application dos and don’ts
Make Your Essays Great Again
From the ‘Snarchives
From the ‘Snarchives: The Importance of Accomplishments
From the ‘Snarchives: Safety Schools
From the ‘Snarchives: Reasons People Don’t Get In
From the ‘Snarchives: Older Applicants
($) 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?”
($) Please don’t paper the country with apps
($) MBA app volumes and you
($) MIT and NYU are not safety schools
Round 2 Crunch Mode: How many apps should you do?
($) “How many apps should I do?”
($) “Should I even try this year?”
How valuable is that MBA?
($) Commuting to a part-time or Executive MBA
No GMAT required part 2
What about an online MBA?
($) What do you tell the adcom if you’re not getting a recommendation from your boss?
($) “How long should the optional essay be?”
($) Special Case Situations for MBA Apps: What if you dropped out of grad school?
($) So-called “alternative transcripts”: MOOCs, continuing education, and additional ed experiences in your MBA apps
($) Pros and cons of a part-time MBA
If the full-time option hasn’t panned out, what about a part-time MBA?
($) 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”
($) Essay Critique! Career Goals essay! Except…
Just like with bschools, EMBA programs are not all created equally.
($) “Is a regular text essay OK for Booth?”
($) If you’re doing a PowerPoint for Stern, Booth, or MIT
NYU didn’t change its essays. But they did.
Columbia’s new essay question
essay critique: NYU Stern essay 3
($) A Stanford applicant case study: Avoidable mistakes
Harvard say yes? Harvard say no? Harvard say maybe? What to do next: A decision tree
($) Which school should you do next?
More experiences from a Round 1 admit!
($) How do you know if you’re “Harvard material”?
($) If you get feedback from the adcoms…
($) Breadth or depth?
($) Career Readiness Competencies: What employers — and adcoms — look for
($) It’s impossible to predict your outcome based on aggregate data
($) What REALLY matters in MBA admissions?
($) “i’m gonna sound REALLY bonkers at times…” (or, engineering -> finance – help!)
($) Reapp advice Part 2
($) Reapplicant advice: What to change? What to stay the same?
($) Reapplicant advice: “What can I do to increase my chances?”
Lay of the Land: Leveraging the app dataset
($) International Re-applicants to U.S. schools who still haven’t made it in
($) “Oh no! What now?” part 2
($) What to do if it looks like you’re not making it in this year
($) What to consider with your Kellogg (or other school’s Rd 3 Flex) app: Recs, timing, optional essay
($) Getting into bschool: Does who you know matter?
That thin line between being smart and cheating.
($) If you’re applying to bschool, should you waive your right to see your recs?
($) When you want to ask that one person for a recommendation…. but….
Now is a great time for thank-yous!
($) “My job title doesn’t reflect my actual job.”
($) Sophisticated application strategies: Who says what?
($) A promotion is not an accomplishment.
($) 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
($) How much does MBA ranking really matter? Here’s one angle.
What if you’ve collected more rejections than invitations?
Why it hurts so much to get rejected from bschool
The dejection of rejection
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: All MBA decisions are independent events.
Success Story! “I could present myself as a better applicant…”
($) “We had a reorg after I submitted my app and they changed my job title. How do I handle it on my apps?”
($) Pro tips for constructing incredible soundbites on your MBA resume
Want to see a good resume format? Wharton delivers
($) Resume dead weight, aka, easy things you can cut
($) “I’m interviewing! Can I update my resume?”
($) Putting your resume into the school’s format
($) Resume content <-> essays
It’s Resume Week!
($) 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
($) “Should I retake the GMAT as a reapplicant?”
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: International applicants and admits
($) “What’s the latest I can submit to Columbia Regular Decision and still have a shot?”
If you’re just joining us: Why applying to Columbia now is a bad idea.
($) If you’re aiming at Columbia Regular Decision… when to submit?
A quick summary of the Columbia Early Decision option
So really. What about Round 3?
($) “Will applying in Round 3 weaken my application next season?”
($) What about Round 3?
($) If you’re still thinking about a Round 3 app (even though we told you not to) read this.
($) Admissions teams like to say there’s no harm in applying in Round 3, you can try again next year
($) One more post on culture
($) 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
($) Will current students give you the straight scoop?
($) More on the finance-guy (or gal) candidate applying to business school
School research, people. That’s what you can be working on right now. SCHOOL RESEARCH.
What MIT did not succeed at doing with their Class of 2022 admissions strategy.
More “wow the world in 2020 omg” and also bschools are changing and that gives us hope
A pre-emptive warning post about who will not make it into Harvard this year
($) So how do you research a bschool?
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 3)
Handy Guide to How to Ask Questions at an Info Session!
The best thing you can do if you haven’t done it yet.
The reason why MIT’s adcom is rad and a big tip for everyone interested in going to bschool
Success Story! “Did I get in because of the things I did…or in spite of them?”
One Brave Supplicant’s full admissions season recapped
Etiquette for attending a school function
Do you want bschool to be easy or hard?
($) The world is changing. Here are the business schools we’d be considering if we were applying to start an MBA in 2021.
($) The back-and-forth roundabout process of figuring out which schools to apply to
($) Talking to current students about their bschool experience
($) For international MBA applicants: Which top business schools have STEM-qualified degrees or tracks?
($) You got in somewhere good. Should you try for somewhere better?
($) Great bschools that may be easier for you to break into during Round 2 (and which to maybe skip)
($) Using those MBA employment reports (international applicant edition)
($) Why the adcom won’t believe your career goals.
Advice from a Success Story! Experiences from a Round 1 admit
Success Story! To round out the year and the decade on the happiest of notes
Success Story! That tells you about the hardest part of the process!
EssaySnark’s admittedly self-serving posting of comments from a former BSer
Success Story! A post-MBA retrospective (part 1)
($) Updating the adcom on a job change
Ethics & Professionalism: Changing jobs during the MBA app process
($) If you get fired, do you need to tell the adcom?
“I want to quit my job and go to bschool”
($) In the middle of applying to bschool, you get this fabulous new job opportunity…
($) Question from a waitlisted BSer: “I hope the adcom does not take this negatively…”
($) “Will I be blacklisted if I change my mind after accepting a school’s offer?”
($) When you can update your MBA app after submission
Success Story! In a completely different way…
($) Taking extended time off of work for GMAT and essays is not advised.
($) “I want to work at Google” aka career goals and interviewing
($) Want to go to work at Amazon?
The other likely driver of increased MBA app volumes
A quick primer on types of schools and MBA programs
($) Are we seeing stronger applicants this year?
($) What we were seeing at this point in the season last year
What is this “holistic review” thing?
Which school will do it first?
A call to the business schools: TRANSPARENCY
We don’t publish sample essays for your own benefit, and now we have science to back that policy up
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.
($) What’s going to happen to the economy and should you care about that right now?
Not done yet: More on microaggressions
($) 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).
This is why tuition at top schools shouldn’t be reduced
($) How the schools are adapting to coronavirus and what it means for you: MBA Scholarship opportunities
($) The reality of applying to external scholarships for your graduate education
Inflation is low. Why is MBA tuition increasing AT ALL?
Financing your MBA
($) Start planning for your admit!
($) One weird trick (no really!) about financing your MBA
($) Identifying your priorities: What matters most to you in an MBA program?
What it means if Michigan Ross “released” you this week
($) What are values and why might they matter in your quest for getting an MBA?
Not to be alarmist, but…. Things are going to get bad.
Do you really want to change the world?
($) “All the bschools seem to care about values now. What in heck are those, and do I even have any?!?”
($) Should you include a picture?
($) Video essay/short-answer interview tips
So you’re gonna do a video essay
Stern "personal expression" essay
at risk of completely demotivating you…
Volunteering and MBA applicants from the non-profit world
($) 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!
($) The value of volunteering on an MBA app
Authenticity means sharing who you are.
Totally and completely random EssaySnark pet peeve
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: What to do if you’re waitlisted
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: What have we heard about waitlists?
($) What does the Round 1 waitlist look like for Class of 2022 candidates?
Oh no! The waitlist! (Round 1 2019 edition)
($) How to mention a personal or “convenience factor” reason for choosing a school
($) If you’re still on the waitlist for the Class of 2021
Oh, woe, the waitlist. :-( Some perspectives.
($) Is it OK for your essay to be overlimit?
($) 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)
($) In this competitive season… Warnings to the stereotypical finance-guy applicant
No, you don’t need to work for a big company to get into a top school. But there is one advantage.
Ermahgad! Proof for all advice EssaySnark is spewing!
($) Going beyond that first tentative step: Starting in on the ideation phase
Figuring out how to get started
Why we don’t provide sample essays — and even a warning from Duke about it
($) “When I was faced with this challenge, I thought back to a time when…”
($) Let’s talk about Harvard’s MBA essay
($) You can’t write your introduction first. It won’t make any sense.
($) “This is overwritten.”
The means must justify the ends
($) WRITING WEEK: Don’t be cagey
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