Almost all schools have released their 2018 MBA essay questions, and our 2018 Essay Guides have been published for Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Yale and Chicago Booth, with more coming out all the time – it’s time to get started on your MBA applications!!
Way back a looooooong time ago, in January….
What, that doesn’t seem like a long time ago? IT DOES TO US! The way things are happening in this world with the adrenaline news cycle and everything hitting all at the same time puts EssaySnark into a whirl. So much going on!
Anyway, back in January, we posted this: CLASS OF 2021 CANDIDATES: EVERYBODY GETS IN
That post was a teaser about a new program we’ve had in the works, a do whatever it takes type initiative to pull out all of the stops and make sure that you Brave Supplicants are fully empowered to tackle this big project of getting accepted to a great MBA program. As we said in that announcement, the mantra for 2018 is EVERYBODY GETS IN. MBA admissions has gotten even more competitive than it ever was before and this new program will give you the tools that you need.
And then we proceeded to post…. nothing.
We got several inquiries about the program (thank you to those who are interested!) and we got all of our ideas mapped out for what this program will be about.
But we kept facing pushback.
These are the issues:
1. Anyone applying to business school this year will be RIDICULOUSLY BUSY with the project of applying to business school — and our new program actually sits outside of that. This program is about mindset and tools for success, ways to be more effective when you’re tackling your dreams, how to prioritize, ways to dig into your psyche and learn about the internal obstacles holding you back from ever greater success…
Well guess what? Ain’t nobody got time for that! You folks are gonna be WRITING ESSAYS! This type of empowerment talk might be totally fascinating and fun, and yes, practical when you get down to it, but there’s also a lot of explaining and philosophizing that would need to be done, to lay the appropriate groundwork for all of these ideals to be manifest. The more we discuss these ideas here in Snarkville the more we’re convinced that the timing and the forum are not right for it.
2. We already offer hints and whiffs of this type of thinking, sprinkled around the blahg like cherries on ice cream (or sometimes it’s the pits, depends on your perspective). We know that many of you are attracted to the ‘Snark in the first place because of a) the real-world / no-nonsense advice on MBA admissions, and just as much b) the life advice and overall philosophy that we insert along the way. Stuff like our discussions of ethics and values and all that.
Having a dedicated program that goes deeper on these topics of Life with a capital L is of interest to many of you, we know. BUT!!! Again, it seems like it’s straying a bit far from the focus of the blahg.
3. We don’t want to make things more complicated! We’ve already got a gazillion products available and have recently started to simplify the offerings. Adding one more does not seem right at this time.
So what we’re going to do is distill down for you what those tentpole topics are that we feel are utterly important in GETTING STUFF DONE, both on a micro scale around this phase of life where you’re embarking on CHANGE in career and big transitions and going after major goals, and also on a macro scale in terms of “Aaargh life is difficult please how do I do it successfully?!?” which we know that many people face on the daily — especially at a time of big transition!
There are many major Life questions that come up around the interest in getting an MBA, including all that jazz around “What do I do with my life” and “Is this the right step?”
Sometimes people flock to bschool because they just don’t know what else to do. It’s not like we’re born with an instruction manual!
It can take years to figure out how to navigate this world successfully for yourself — not based on what others claim is the “right” thing to do. And definitely we’re not interested in dictating paths to anyone.
1. PROCRASTINATION: Why you do it and how to manage it so it doesn’t suck your life away
2. POSITIVITY: Attitude matters, and mentors are key. How to build a success network
3. PURPOSE: Why the eff are you here? Figuring out goals and big dreams and maybe something about bschool here and there
If you recall back to the beginning of this post, it is titled Everybody gets in!
The whole inspiration originally was to create a success network for motivated BSers to embrace these principles, to support them to find their purpose and to vanquish the evil of procrastination through the MBA application cycle.
We are still toying with this idea! And we have much to say on these topics, both related to the MBA app and outside of it, on the grander scale around your impetus to change and why you’re seeking out higher education and the transformation that bschool promises in the first place. But we’re also nervous about adding to your workload and, err, giving you earnest BSers more tools to procrastinate with! So, thinking is still underway on what form this would take and how it would work. We’ve got the content, we are just figuring out the right way to offer it and truly support you.
Get on the list!
If you’re eager to simply GET STARTED on your MBA apps, well, we’ve got oodles of tools already available for that! Very down-to-earth and practical ones. You can check those out in our MBA Consulting Services menu!!
The 2018 Harvard MBA SnarkStrategies Guide
is now available!
Today is the Memorial Day holiday here in the States so it’s an abbreviated post from Snarkville, mostly just to reiterate what we’ve been repeating over and over this month: It’s a great time to be getting started on your MBA apps!
Schools are starting to release essay questions — Columbia, Ross and HBS have confirmed theirs already, with more to come soon.
Need a kick in the pants to get started?
Countdown subscribers, look for your first installment today!
First wave of HBS interview invites comes out today — and here’s a review of the process!
Ya ya ya, Round 2 processing is hardly even underway, and here we are talking about next season?!??
This post is a preview of where EssaySnark is headed for 2018.
You see, we are only in this game to HELP YOU GET IN.
Yet sometimes, BSers *don’t* get in.
Obviously if we could wave the magic snark wand and make everybody get in, we would!!!
We’ve been reflecting on what keeps certain BSers from realizing their MBA dreams. And we have been toying with some new ideas.
Obviously **all** of our products and services are designed to help people develop the right pitch to their schools. Every single one of our App Accelerators and packages and strategy guides was developed based on many years of real-world work with candidates trying to get in, to optimize the process and to guide them towards how they can come up with the right message to make the adcoms say “yes.”
The reality is that things have changed. Programs are HYPER competitive these days. It’s not always enough to just write a decent sentence and capture your goals. Certainly a high GMAT score alone is no guarantee — it never was, but now it really is not.
And, the world is dramatically different today. Millennials are here, the schools are changing, we’re in a new era.
How can EssaySnark respond to the environment we’re in? How can we TRULY serve all of you?
How can we do EVERYTHING to help ALL of our clients make it in?
We have a new program under development that will be announced on this blahg in the coming months. It’s not ready yet. **You’re** not ready yet. Almost everyone reading this here is still hoping/praying/dreaming that they’ll get in for the Class of 2020 — and we hope that you do!!! The Class of 2021 peeps are mostly only now thinking about things like the GMAT and sighing their starry-eyed sighs about Harvard and Stanford and Wharton. Most of the ones who will eventually sign up for some Essay Decimators from the ‘Snark in the summer haven’t even found us yet. They’re not reading this.
But. For those of you who’ve been here awhile, who are reading this now. Who either didn’t get all the apps done that you’d planned and are nervous about Round 2, or are just feeling nervous in general, or for whatever reason may end up still hanging out here in March and May and June… This post is for you, to plant a little seed in the back of your mind, to not forget about the ‘Snark if you find that you’ll be needing to go on this merry-go-round once more.
We have some interesting ideas cooking behind the curtain. The mantra for 2018 is EVERYBODY GETS IN.
We hope you won’t need us this year!!! We hope all of your submitted apps are successful this time!!!!!!!!!!!
But just in case…
You may want to keep coming ’round.
We also wanted to mention that a portion of the proceeds of all EssaySnark purchases this week will be used to donate a bulletproof vest for a police dog (or possibly more than one, depending on how busy you BSers keep us!!). Most police departments in the U.S. do not get funding to provide for ballistic protection for their canine units. Donating a bulletproof vest helps protect these noble service animals who put themselves on the line for us every day. Thank you to everyone we’ve been honored to serve in this MBA app process this year!
Happy celebrations, and merry day off, and festive essay writing to all!
Sorry peeps, have to offer this Public Service Announcement. We’ve covered this before: Another warning about incompetence in this industry. Does your MBA admissions consultant know this? Sorry but this is ridiculous: Predicting your chances based on profile stats How admissions consultants can actually damage your chances at Stanford. Et cetera. Today is Exhibit #17,387…
The weekend is upon us! What will you make of it?
SUGGESTION: WRITE OUT YOUR GOAL FOR ONE KEY APPLICATION TASK THAT YOU WILL FINISH THIS WEEKEND.
Then go do it!