Hello and welcome back to our Schools and Scholarships Spotlight series exploring top-tier graduate schools and fellowship opportunities! Last week, we introduced you to Stanford Graduate School of Business. We told you all about what Stanford GSB has to offer in terms of defining your own path, gaining a truly global perspective, and let’s be… Continue reading
Here at The Art of Applying, we believe that every person applying to graduate school should have a mentor, and here’s why. A mentor will provide two things: new ideas and accountability. Even throughout this blog series you’ve learned secrets that you wouldn’t know without some form of mentorship from us. We follow the results of the people who commit to working with us, as well as the people who reach out to us but ultimately employ a DIY strategy or purchase a lower priced package from one of our competitors. When we checked back in with the people who used a cross- your-fingers DIY strategy or a la carte services from another company, we consistently found people had been admitted to less prestigious schools than our clients with similar profiles, they received less funding, or they weren’t admitted at all.
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?
By: Rowan Hand of Your GMAT Coach “I know how to do the math, but I wouldn’t know how to do that question.” This is a pretty common scenario among beginning GMAT students. It points to an interesting phenomenon: you can understand the math content required to solve, but fail to understand what the question… Continue reading
A common topic that comes up in entrepreneur circles is that of entrepreneur loneliness. The early days—and often years—of entrepreneurship can be extremely isolating and discouraging, especially if you’re bootstrapping your company (which means you only run the company off of revenue it has generated rather than taking funding from outside investors). I decided during… Continue reading
A character flaw and sabotaging mindset that I am mindful of in my life is perfectionism. The idea of perfectionism—and whether it’s good or bad, helpful or harmful—is thrown around a lot without much explanation of what it is. So let’s first have a common definition of perfectionism, and then I’ll tell you some of the ways it can… Continue reading
Last weekend, I accompanied my friend Lady A to go look at some mid-century rosewood furniture for her house. Mid-century rosewood furniture is the kind of furniture that the characters on the show Mad Men have. Rosewood is extremely durable, hard, and lustrous, making it ideal for furniture and musical instruments like the guitar. As… Continue reading