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Discouraged! [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 21:24
I'm well into my first round applications, only really have my essays left to write. I am DISCOURAGED! Maybe I read too many HBS sample essays (when I'm applying to schools ranked between 15 and 35), but I'm getting frustrated trying to put together impressive essays. I don't want to recite my resume, I'm really reaching for something more creative, plus my work experience is somewhat limited. Applying for competitive MBA programs has been an experience...
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Re: Discouraged! [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 15:39
Confidence is kind of MBA 101.

I'm not being trite, just saying - you really need to be convinced you belong at the schools you're applying to, regardless of your profile +/-'s. I'm trying to find time to write a blog post about this on my blog, but generally speaking - confidence is *key* in business and life.

Whatever you need to do to 'courage' yourself instead of feeling discouraged, go do it!!!! (perhaps talk to a few supportive friends, do a few shots... whatever makes you feel that School003 should DEFINITELY take you because YOU ROCK. Then figure out how to say it without ego.)
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Re: Discouraged! [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 18:01
lsmba wrote:
Confidence is kind of MBA 101.

I'm not being trite, just saying - you really need to be convinced you belong at the schools you're applying to, regardless of your profile +/-'s. I'm trying to find time to write a blog post about this on my blog, but generally speaking - confidence is *key* in business and life.

Whatever you need to do to 'courage' yourself instead of feeling discouraged, go do it!!!! (perhaps talk to a few supportive friends, do a few shots... whatever makes you feel that School003 should DEFINITELY take you because YOU ROCK. Then figure out how to say it without ego.)


Absolutely agree. If you don't come from a "feeder" undergrad or firm (i.e. top 20-30 undergrad, top consulting/banking firm), it is very easy to feel queasy or unsure whether you belong at a top B-School. You have to fight this feeling and march forward with confidence. It's the only way you'll make it through and get an admit.

Definitely immerse yourself in the process as well -- attend as many information sessions as you can, visit campuses, talk to current students. The more you do this, the more you'll find that most students at top schools are definitely accomplished and top notch, but human just like you.
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Re: Discouraged! [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 22:49
ksjhawk wrote:
I'm well into my first round applications, only really have my essays left to write. I am DISCOURAGED! Maybe I read too many HBS sample essays (when I'm applying to schools ranked between 15 and 35), but I'm getting frustrated trying to put together impressive essays. I don't want to recite my resume, I'm really reaching for something more creative, plus my work experience is somewhat limited. Applying for competitive MBA programs has been an experience...


Instead of impressive essays, just try and write insightful essays. Not that I'm an expert but I think some of the best writing is on subjects that don't seem impressive at all but you learned/did/observed something impressive in spite of it.

I try to think: Big lessons from small things.

“When I saw that ant carry that leaf, I knew that…..”

That’s terrible but something along those lines…
Re: Discouraged!   [#permalink] 20 Oct 2009, 22:49
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