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)