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($) “Halp! What do I do with all these stories?” aka how to identify your theme – especially for HBS!
The proof versus the promise.
($) 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
($) A map to writing Columbia essay 3: “a leader you admire”
($) 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
($) Here’s a test for Stanford “What matters most?”
($) Essay Critique! Yale “biggest commitment”
($) essay critique! Stanford “What matters most and why” military version
($) The most important technique you need to learn to write a good MBA admissions essay
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
($) Are you arrogant?
($) Already have a Master’s degree? Why do you also need an MBA now?
($) What you’re optimizing for
($) Backup plans and next steps: What if it’s looking like you might not get in?!??
($) WRITING WEEK! Day 4: The problem of the parrot.
($) 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
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
2022 MBA Application Guides available!
The Countdown has launched – the admissions season is here
Mental health break
The 2022 Round 1 Countdown starts in 2 weeks!
2022 HBS MBA application guide is ready
Harvard’s Class of 2025 MBA application info is out
The Round 1 Countdown is coming!
Applying to bschool this year? Wanna be featured on the blahg?
Booth deadline extended!
Happy New Year!
($) Planning to try for the Class of 2025? Here’s a good first step.
($) 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”?
($) One of the downsides of submitting an application too early
($) Round 3: Who should really probably unfortunately not be thinking about applying right now sorry *sadface*
($) Who / what situations are greenlit for an MBA app in Round 3?
($) Thinking about trying in Round 3… Which schools?
($) More thoughts on the possibilities and problems with a Round 3 application.
($) Admissions teams like to say there’s no harm in applying in Round 3, you can try again next year
($) Are you starting to think maybe Round 3?
If you’re just joining us: Why applying to Columbia now is not the best idea… But if you’re going to do it, do it NOW!
($) You can have 2 of these 3.
($) MIT and NYU are not safety schools
($) How to show your authenticity: Storytelling
($) Identifying the purpose and function of each part of your pitch
($) 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
($) “I have so much stuff, I can’t fit it on a one-page resume.”
($) All those “humble” BSers.
($) Canceling your GMAT score is a bad idea (plus, how many schools should you apply to?)
Positive changes to GMAT score cancellation policies
Now there’s no risk to taking the GMAT lots of times. (Or is there?)
($) “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)
($) Canceling a GMAT score: Impact and how the schools will perceive it (Part 2)
GMAT strategies: Should you cancel your score?
GMAT score preview and canceling your scores
($) “Is 30 too old…?”
($) Why pre-MBA experience is so important
($) 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”)
($) Authenticity and MBA career goals
($) The first place to look at your reapplicant strategy
($) What do consulting firms look for in their candidates?
($) One more post on too-specific MBA career goals
There are two parts to your pitch: What you say, and how you say it.
($) Can you make too much money to get into an MBA program?
($) 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.
($) How do you write about diversity on your MBA application?
($) 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.
($) essay critique: Any essay, really.
“Culture” questions (INSEAD, LBS, etc.)
($) Deciding on a school: Two good schools, both offering $$
($) The BSer’s Dilemma: Deciding between two highly-ranked MBA programs
Choosing between bschools
($) How to ask an MBA admissions officer for a deferral
($) “I’ve been admitted to bschool! Now can I get a deferral?”
($) School X or School Y?!?? More advice for navigating decisions between competing MBA offers
($) “What if School D gave me money but I really want to go to School A?”
($) “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?
($) Explaining Early Action, Early Decision, Early Admissions, and all these confusing options
($) 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?
($) “If all my other Rd 1 apps are crap shouldn’t I go ahead with Columbia ED anyway?”
Our annual reminder: Ethics matter. (aka: Early Decision at Columbia and Duke are binding)
($) 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
($) essay critique! Columbia essay 1 and an edtech career
Beware the buzzword.
($) The profiles that got hit the hardest in this competitive admissions season.
($) Short term goal, long term goal, dream job – OH MY!
($) 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?
($) Coronavirus and the MBA: What if you’re graduating this Spring?
($) Using the MBA to start a company
($) There’s really only a few places we’d consider going to learn entrepreneurship.
School to Startup data
($) 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?”
($) “My test score is not reflective of my abilities.”
($) When informing the adcom about a new GMAT score (waitlist, optional essay)
($) More tactics on the optional essay: What to say and how to say it (and how much to say) for issues like low GPA
($) “It is perfectly acceptable to leave this section blank.”
How to start working on your apps now (even though the apps aren’t out yet)
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
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.
($) “I saw my [friend/mother/grandfather] go through this experience and now my ambition is to…”
Who’s a good fit for the Columbia J-Term?
The importance of career goals
A bschool that seems to be upping its game.
($) 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.
($) What about an online MBA?
($) We know YOU won’t make these basic interview mistakes.
($) Should you get a graduate certificate?
($) Applying to The Kennedy School MPP/MBA
It’s Juneteenth and this is important.
Interesting clues to getting more out of life (and essays)
Rankings aren’t real (2022 edition)
What impact will the Great Resignation have on MBA hiring?
Do you work best under deadline?
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.)
($) Are you a foreign student coming to study in the U.S.? GREAT! Now be careful.
Nobody sets out to be a bad person.
($) “I’ll just explain this situation about my background in the interview.”
($) Explaining gaps in the resume on your MBA apps
Answers to random BSers’ MBA application questions
What do you do?
Black History Month
If you applied in Round 2…
This might be where that sucky situation starts to materialize for some of you… :-(
This post is for everyone who INTENDED to do Round 1…
Another quick authenticity post
Things were supposed to be different.
How to receive feedback
One aspect of being culturally sensitive is paying attention to language.
($) “Do the adcoms *really* look at the whole package?”
Applying to Bschool: The Strategy of Authenticity
That pang of loss.
Don’t forget the thank-yous!
Public Service Message: Please decline the schools you won’t be attending.
First Impressions and Ongoing Professionalism: Email Etiquette
($) How to get the most of your MBA
Anxiety and your interview (MBA or otherwise)
($) “I got into bschool! When can I quit my job????”
($) Maximize opportunities, and optimize your time. Be intentional.
($) Start now but don’t finish yet
($) Brainstorming essay topics
Your cat litter box will be very clean this summer.
($) Authenticity: What it means, why it matters
($) Test-optional policies sound great! And…
More schools are loosening requirements for GMAT and GRE: Berkeley Haas statement of academic readiness
($) How to interpret feedback from the adcom
($) Just In Time MBA App Prep: What if you JUST decided to apply to bschool? Like, NOW?
($) 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
($) Updating the admissions office on changes to your profile post-submit: GMAT/GRE/classes
Transcripts, transcripts, transcripts
International applicant? Plan ahead for your MBA application requirements
($) The factors that make you much more likely to get a scholarship award along with your MBA admit
($) Wherein EssaySnark lays it all out for you.
MBA with no bachelor’s?
($) 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.
($) “I’m on the waitlist. Can I ask my interviewer for feedback?”
($) Should you contact admissions about a bad interviewer?
($) How to mention a personal or “convenience factor” reason for choosing a school
($) Do you change tactics if you’re interviewing with a student?
($) Should you be researching your MBA interviewer before your interview?
($) Interview Question: “Is there anything else we should know about you?”
($) International MBA candidate going to interview?
($) Did your interview invite come with another essay to write?
($) “What about an accelerated MBA like Columbia?”
Which schools release MBA essay questions when?
Considering Columbia? Some quick facts
($) 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?
($) Joint-degree MBA options.
Considering law school instead?
A fun exercise to be intentional
Today is Labor Day! And that means…
Merry Merry! Enjoy your day off!
($) Pro Tip: How to pronounce (and spell!) business school names
How to completely impress your MBA interviewer
Quote of the Day
Is this unethical? Part 2
($) OH NO! Bschools in trouble! (aka, Are MBA applications REALLY tanking?)
($) What does it mean to be “differentiated” in the context of your MBA applications?
Making meaning out of a great leader
Being a leader: Tending to language.
Not sick? Wear a mask.
Now that most apps are in: What to do with your life
($) Embroider it on a pillow.
A BSer’s Journey: Round 1 Update!
essay critique: HBS essay 2 “done better”
($) All schools do a “holistic review.” But…
($) One easy way to tell how bad you want this
($) 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
($) Got a glitch with your grades? TAKE ACTION NOW!
($) What’s a good undergrad GPA?
($) The very best messaging for handling an issue with low GPA
($) Low GMAT? Low GPA? Please don’t say these things in your essays.
($) Optional essay for low GPA: “I have proven myself since then by excelling at my job.”
Plea for Help! “Maybe I’m not as qualified as I thought…”
Success Story! “For you low-GPA types, there is hope!”
($) 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
Applying to Grad School: Personal Statement vs Statement of Purpose
($) The joint MBA/Master’s app: Is it easier to get in?
Success Story! With a different ending than you might expect!
($) 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)
($) So you got that application in. What happens next?
($) 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?”
($) MBA app volumes and you
Most folks don’t want an online-only degree. But if you did…
($) Which schools were already online?
($) Ahead of the curve: What might set specific business schools apart as near-term leaders in delivering the online learning experience?
How valuable is that MBA?
($) Commuting to a part-time or Executive MBA
No GMAT required part 2
($) The submit-then-retest strategy for your GMAT or GRE
($) If it’s worth mentioning, it’s worth naming
($) Pros and cons of a part-time MBA
If the full-time option hasn’t panned out, what about a part-time MBA?
($) 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”
($) “Is a regular text essay OK for Booth?”
($) 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
($) School research idea: What about talking to professors?
($) There’s always exceptions. When is it OK to go further back in your past for your apps?
($) How far back do you go?
($) 3 Innocent Mistakes MBA Applicants Make
($) A smattering of random ideas that relate to post-MBA careers and recruiting
($) “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”
($) “I want to work at Google” aka career goals and interviewing
By Request: Design Thinking & the MBA
($) “No really. What are my chances???”
($) Can you be too old to get into an MBA program?
($) 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.
($) “I got this incredible new job offer. If I take it, what impact will it have on my future MBA apps?”
($) 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
If you’re starting to feel like uh-oh…
($) Critical advice for reapplicants
($) Can you get blacklisted by a bschool?
($) Reapp advice Part 2
($) Reapplicant advice: What to change? What to stay the same?
($) Title-chasing and your Letters of Recommendation
($) “My job title doesn’t reflect my actual job.”
($) What to do if your MBA recommendations aren’t in
($) 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
($) The best way to ask your recommender to write for you
($) 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
($) What REALLY matters in MBA admissions?
Remember that some schools offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants!
Why it hurts so much to get rejected from bschool
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: All MBA decisions are independent events.
What Harvard says to you on Tuesday is near-meaningless
($) Be sure to update your recommenders on outcomes – even if you don’t get in.
($) What does being rejected really MEAN and how can you process it?
($) “I work in a brand-name firm. What should I know about as I think about my MBA chances?”
($) “I work for a small company nobody’s ever heard of. Can I still get into bschool?”
($) 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.
($) “I’m interviewing! Can I update my resume?”
($) 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
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
($) “Should I retake the GMAT as a reapplicant?”
($) 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?”
($) If you’re aiming at Columbia Regular Decision… when to submit?
($) How to ask a school how they’re differentiated
($) “I want to go to your school because of the network.”
($) One often overlooked benefit to going to business school
Is “cultural fit” possibly a bad thing?
($) The secret to how to get into HBS
($) Taking a non-traditional approach to Stanford Essay B “Why Stanford?”
Head’s up if you are thinking about Tuck for Round 2
From a BSer of years past, helping you with Harvard in small ways
($) More commentary on our EssaySnark Unranked list
($) 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?
($) Which business schools have gotten more competitive just recently
Are you thinking about trying for an MBA this year? Here’s a useful step to consider.
Duke’s admissions policies in the face of coronavirus are … what? (UPDATED!)
($) 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!
($) You need to get out of your pajamas.
The best thing you can do if you haven’t done it yet.
The reason why MIT’s adcom is rad and a big tip for everyone interested in going to bschool
Success Story! “Did I get in because of the things I did…or in spite of them?”
One Brave Supplicant’s full admissions season recapped
($) Another reason Round 1 can be particularly advantageous: Scholarships
($) When your safety school is actually a stretch school.
($) Talking to current students about their bschool experience
($) Round 2 Crunch Mode: Which schools have the easiest apps?
($) 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.
($) Should you do a “safety” school in Round 1?
($) 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
Success Story: A former BSer shares the experience of applying — and getting in!
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
($) Ethics & Professionalism: Changing jobs during the MBA app process
($) If you get fired, do you need to tell the adcom?
($) Updating the adcom on a job change
“I want to quit my job and go to bschool”
($) 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
($) Want to go to work at Amazon?
The other likely driver of increased MBA app volumes
($) GMAT/GRE waivers: Should you request one?
($) Evaluating MBA admissions consultants: Why “client success rate” is not to be trusted
($) 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?
($) What does diversity mean in the context of MBA admissions?
($) Why do schools extend MBA app deadlines?
Work doesn’t make you happy. But meaningful work might.
International candidates: Changes in U.S. student visa policies
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.
($) MBA programs that don’t require the TOEFL for international applicants
EssaySnark’s 2016 Radcom Award
Haas is on our s**t list.
“Taking the woeful.”
($) The best timing for a TOEFL
($) The TOEFL is not the most important part (unless it is).
How are you going to pay for it?
($) If you’re waitlisted and you’ve also been accepted somewhere else…
($) ROI and the MBA
($) 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?
($) Columbia’s “Financing Your MBA” application question
This is why tuition at top schools shouldn’t be reduced
We are in mourning
No, EssaySnark is not on reddit (much).
Radcom of the Year 2021
Gnats, typos, and other pesky things
Black Friday Sale!
($) 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?
($) One more post on culture
($) 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?
($) Video essay/short-answer interview tips
So you’re gonna do a video essay
Stern "personal expression" essay
at risk of completely demotivating you…
Authenticity means sharing who you are.
($) 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”
($) Answering some questions on MBA app strategy!
“I’m waitlisted, and the adcom wants me to retake the GMAT…”
($) What to do (and not do!) in waitlist update letters
($) How schools make decisions off the waitlist (and how much hope should you have?)
($) If you were waitlisted in Round 1 2021…
($) Waitlist hopes and dreams
($) 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
($) The other MAJOR problem with Columbia’s essays this year
A guiding principle in essay strategy: Don’t outstay your welcome.
Hyphenating words does not reduce your word count.
Tips on cutting it down to size (overlimit essays)
($) “We had a reorg after I submitted my app and they changed my job title. How do I handle it on my apps?”
($) In this competitive season… Warnings to the stereotypical finance-guy applicant
No, you don’t need to work for a big company to get into a top school. But there is one advantage.
($) An example of the type of writing that does not work well in MBA essays
($) The *really* best essays… tell a story.
($) The best essays are…
The Stages of Learning: Why getting help on your essays is so useful
One more tip for authenticity in your MBA essays: Don’t read other people’s essays
Clouds. Marshmallows. Bunnies. Not essays.
($) Your conclusion must match your essay.
($) A great way to prepare for Round 1: Keep a journal
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
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