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What did you learn in this application season? [#permalink]
24 Mar 2010, 09:25
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So, with the 2010 application season winding down, what did you all learn in this application season?
Here's what I learned.
1. I learned to BS like the best of them. When I look at my polished b-school resume, I'm like, did I do that? 2. Don't believe everything the admissions committee tells you. Don't be yourself; be what they're looking for. 3. Essays do not matter as much as you think they do. 4. Start early. Can't stress that enough. And don't procrastinate once you have submitted a few applications. You've got to resist that tendency! 5. Waiting is freaking hard. You will either lose or gain a whole bunch of weight. 6. Checking the status or your email or your cell phone 100 times a day will not improve your chances or increase the likelihood you'll hear from them. 7. School selection is so, so important! Many cases are won/lost at jury selection; same goes for applying to b-schools. 8. Do NOT go back and re-read your application once you've submitted them, or you'll end up driving yourself insane. 9. Do not contact admissions unless you have something legitimate to add. They don't like to be bothered, when they already have to read through thousands of "interesting" applications from people just like you. 10. Be prepared for the unexpected.
OK, that's all I can think of at the moment. Feel free to add your own bits of wisdom for the next hapless applicant who's bound to go through the same ordeal.