Something we’ve found to be true for all applicants is that even if everything else in your application is perfect, but your essays are lackluster, you will not get into your dream school. Every year when we’re reading about the clients of other consulting firms, we see people with these extraordinary GMAT scores and really high GPAs, and they’re baffled as to why they didn’t get into their dream schools. Many of these individuals ask us to review their submitted applications and tell them what went wrong. And you know what it almost always is? It’s that they underestimated the importance of the essay.
That’s right. You have the power to determine just how ready the admissions committee thinks you are for the Ivy League experience. We know that everyone thinks you need to have an insanely high GMAT score to get into Harvard Business School, but we’re gonna let you in on a bonus secret. This simply isn’t true.
Welcome back to our blog series, Six Secrets to Ivy League Acceptances! For today’s post, we’re going to be discussing secret #3. Ready for it? Aspiration beats achievement. So what does that mean? It means that your past matters; but the way you communicate the past matters way more than what you’ve actually done. The… Continue reading
If you are interested in attending a top graduate school in order to take your career and life to the next level, this series is for you. Throughout the next six blog posts, you will learn how to apply to the most prestigious schools while getting better results then if you applied to second or third tier schools. You will learn how to convince the admissions committee that you are prepared for the Ivy League classroom regardless of low test scores or a low undergraduate GPA.
Every year, I wait until it is actually summer to go shopping for summer clothes, and every year, I arrive to stores full of nearly-bare racks full of picked over leftovers. Whether I’m looking for a flowy summer dress or a new tankini, I am always left frustrated with myself wondering why I didn’t start… Continue reading
It can be really hard to know how many schools you should apply to for graduate school. Back in 2005 when I began the process, I originally planned to apply to about 6 schools and was advised to lower that number. Since I was such a nontraditional candidate (senior in college with little quantitative experience),… Continue reading
I have been delighted with the response to my offering of a one-hour consultation call. I’ve talked to people living all over the world so far, and it’s been super-fun! One thing I’ve noticed is how prepared my clients have been for these calls. I guess they wanted to make sure they were getting the… Continue reading