So, the first time I applied to grad schools I got shut out, 0 for 5. So here are some tips I have about the reapplication process.
- One Minute Gut Check- Do the one minute gut check to make sure you really want to go thru the entire process again. It should only take a minute and if afterwards so you say its still for you, then go into it gung ho
- Review your letters of recommendation- I was only able to review one of my recommenders but after reading the letter I soon realized that they weren’t doing that great of a job, so I cut them for the reapplication process
- Expand your school search, maybe there is a school that you think is a diamond in the rough, or a place which may not have a good program, but you know if you hustle in the city you can make the connections you need for the career you want. Give it a shot and try to get in.
- Re-categorize your school-Instead of applying to all dream schools, its time to apply to a safety school. So I would say 1 dream school, 2 fighting chance schools and 1 safetyschool.
- Start on the essays now- Hopefully your not worried about the GMAT anymore so start on the essays now. It could be as simple as pulling last year’s essays and working on those. Schools don’t really change their essay prompts too much
- Create a one pager- For all your recommenders, making sure each recommender is hitting on a different part of your profile. Its kind of like a boxing batch, your stepping up with the first punch, and your recommenders are the second punch. Don’t let all the recommenders write about the same thing.
- Expand the people who good be recommenders- I started using coworkers and people I knew who would take the time to write good recos, I think it helped
- Talk to current students. Just go to the clubs website and start e-mailing presidents of clubs you would be interested in. Just one correspondence could provide a pivotal paragraph for your essays
- Write outside of your comfort zone. So my sister was given the writing genes, and I wasnt. But I feel that the one or two paragraphs I wrote out of my comfortable writing style really helped me find my voice in my essays (and also is a reason I am doing this blog)
- Find recommenders who don’t know and don’t know the process. Mostly people may not give this advice, but it helps in the fact that they don’t have preconceived thoughts on what should be in essays, they can provide good feedback.
- Don’t give up because persistence is the key ” Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” (Calvin Coolidge)
Hi Everybody who reads this.
So I will be on vacation next week, but if you guys have any topics you want me to write about then leave a note in my comments section. I will def write about it as a filler until my program starts.
So I am still on the waitlist list for one of my schools. Yes I know the school year starts in less than 2 months. But yea thats the way the cookie crumbles some times. Tomorrow should be a big day in finding out details, so everybody please keep your fingers crossed. I am nervous as I have bags and ready to go to school A, but still want to know whatever happens with School B.
Hopefully something good will come soon.
As a non business, non engineering, and all in all a non-math guy, I feel that the online math school my program has put me into is a great help. Its been almost 6 years since I have done any really hard math on a daily basis. Sure splitting up bar tabs, and restaurants bills gave me some practice its still been awhile before I have done anything substantive.
Online Math is great, its a voice that narratives you thru module which last for about 10-20 minutes. Then there is a post test along with some sample problems. Most of the problems you can check you work in excel which is nice. Though I still dont know why Excel is calculating covariance incorrectly. If somebody knows that one and wants to let me know I would really appreciate it.
I should be done with statistics today, and then will work on finance this week. Those are the two required modules and then I only have Econ, accounting, and excel left. This should put me in good shape for to sign up for Math Bootcamp at the beginning of the term.
So for all you non quant people out there, rest assured most MBA programs will make sure your prepared for the math rigor.
So for the past 3 years I have been a consultant and somehow I was able to get into an MBA program after that experience. Looking back at it I realize that I might have taken the harder route to get in. This includes being denied from all schools my first time applying. So here are some advise for those people who have embarked on a career in consulting or are about to.
- Pay attention to people who write your feedback forms, if somebody writes that well then those are the people you want writing your letter of recommendations.
- As much you want to try everything and do everything try to find a speciality. You want to be known for something because it will give you better materials to write your essays with. When managers talk to you should have a tag associated with you. Be the data person, or the industry expert, or the numbers guy.
- Understand how you get ranked and who are the people on the call. Once you have identified the group of people who like you make sure you stay aligned with them and they will be on your call. It will help when your up for promotion.
- Try to be able to link your projects together by a common theme, it will make essay writing easier.
- Even clients can write letters of recommendation so make sure you consider them as well.
- Do one thing excellently, dont try to do many things good. It makes it diffcult to write essays
- Dont worry if you cant work at a nonprofit, though it seems like it not everybody at a business school works in nonprofits
- Enjoy your time working with the young raw enthusiasm, it wont always be like that.