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.
We know what you’re thinking. What on earth are mindset rituals and what do they have to do with my ability to get into my dream school or get off the waitlist of my dream school? Isn’t that something that’s up to the admissions committee—not me?
Don’t look to the outside world to tell you that you’re on the right path; that’s an inside job. When it was time to go to high school, my mom begged me to go to private school rather than the notoriously “ghetto” school the kids in my neighborhood were bused across town to. Admittedly, my… Continue reading
To accompany last week’s post on how perfectionistic thinking and behavior can sabotage your application process AND YOUR LIFE, I’ve created a list of affirmations. Do what you like with these. Read them once and never again, print them out and put them at your desk, say them every morning while you have your latte!… Continue reading