Must Read for Reapplicantshttp://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/
Must Read for ReapplicantsInquiries from students gearing up for the           reapplication process          MBA Admissio...
Must Read for ReapplicantsThis time of year, we get a huge number of inquiriesfrom students gearing up for the reapplicati...
However, there are a few techniques and things wehave discovered that can help all reapplicants, notjust those who become ...
Nearly every school can be “reapplicant friendly” sodon’t be afraid to reapply anywhere and everywhere.The biggest mistake...
Even a school that is not known to be reapplicant friendly,like HBS, usually has a larger reason.For Harvard, they tend to...
Dont read into application format.Columbia and UCLA Anderson feature reapplicant essaysonly, where you provide "new" infor...
There are many forms of “updates.”So many reapplicants get hung up on not having enough to"update" the school on - especia...
And if they can tell you spent more time, did moreresearch, and maybe got some assistance in improvingthose areas?They wil...
Dont fear the overhaul.Another weird myth that seems to persist amongreapplicants is that you cant dramatically change you...
But even if they did ... so what? People cant grow?Evolve? Better themselves? Improvement is not a badthing, whether in un...
Dont panic.The most common type of reapplicant we work with issomeone who got oh-so-close and barely missed. (Fulldisclosu...
In all likelihood, if you got close (getting waitlisted,interviews without an admit, etc.), it means you dontneed to trans...
THAT is usually the way to a new result ... NOT trying tobecome a new person.We hope that everyone who reapplies this year...
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  1. 1. Must Read for Reapplicantshttp://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/
  2. 2. Must Read for ReapplicantsInquiries from students gearing up for the reapplication process MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  3. 3. Must Read for ReapplicantsThis time of year, we get a huge number of inquiriesfrom students gearing up for the reapplication process.This makes sense, as this subset of students is oftendriven to succeed, still hurting from the sting of gettingrejection letters, and aware that going at it alone all overagain might not make much sense.And truth be told, hiring a vetted admissions consultantis rarely a better investment than when you arereapplying to business school. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  4. 4. However, there are a few techniques and things wehave discovered that can help all reapplicants, notjust those who become our clients:• Nearly every school can be “reapplicant friendly” so don’t be afraid to reapply anywhere and everywhere.• Don’t read into application format.• There are many forms of “updates.”• Dont fear the overhaul.• Dont panic. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  5. 5. Nearly every school can be “reapplicant friendly” sodon’t be afraid to reapply anywhere and everywhere.The biggest mistake we see people make on the secondgo-round is they avoid all the schools they just got dingedat. This is not a good strategy.Can you fold in some new ideas? Of course. But do try tohave a fresh start is a big mistake. For starters, you mightlose the bonus points that many reapplicants receive fortenacity and demonstrated interest.Second, you might be compromising your list of schoolsfor something that wont ever hurt you. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  6. 6. Even a school that is not known to be reapplicant friendly,like HBS, usually has a larger reason.For Harvard, they tend to favor younger students and rockstars, so getting dinged can hurt your case on the latterpoint (even if it is subconscious for the reader) and simplymake you a year older on the former. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  7. 7. Dont read into application format.Columbia and UCLA Anderson feature reapplicant essaysonly, where you provide "new" information, but not a freshapplication.So surely they must be down on reapplicants, right? Nope.Weve seen Columbia respond very favorably toreapplicants - especially those who apply very early forEarly Decision (were talking July here). So dont read intothe fact that Kellogg lets you submit a whole newapplication and a reapplicant essay, while UCLA doesnt.They require different approaches, but ones not more likelyto admit you than the other on those grounds alone. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  8. 8. There are many forms of “updates.”So many reapplicants get hung up on not having enough to"update" the school on - especially when they were dingedin Round 2 of one year and then apply Round 1 of the nextyear. Dont sweat this.In addition to new test scores, work promotions, newexperiences (life and work), and even classes taken on theside, you also can have an updated perspective.Better formed career goals, a better insight into the specificschool, better stated themes ... its all updated andimproved. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  9. 9. And if they can tell you spent more time, did moreresearch, and maybe got some assistance in improvingthose areas?They will be happy, because you understand your owncandidacy better and are more prepared for b school. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  10. 10. Dont fear the overhaul.Another weird myth that seems to persist amongreapplicants is that you cant dramatically change yournarrative in the new application.The idea goes something like this: they will see myapplication from last year and know that I changedeverything.For starters, no, they probably wont. Admissionsofficers have thousands of files to read - rarely are theygoing to double down for one person. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  11. 11. But even if they did ... so what? People cant grow?Evolve? Better themselves? Improvement is not a badthing, whether in understanding of self, writing style, oreven the packaging of your story.You do every single person a favor when you get better.Never, ever run from improvement because you think itwill somehow reflect poorly. Its pretty much impossible. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  12. 12. Dont panic.The most common type of reapplicant we work with issomeone who got oh-so-close and barely missed. (Fulldisclosure: this is partly because of our philosophy ofonly working with candidates we believe we can helpreach their goals, so it is self-selecting.) The hardestthing about working with this type of student is keepingthem calm.They all want to retake the GMAT, no matter their score. They want to take four new extension classes and joinfive new organizations and generally transformthemselves. Going back to #3 on this list, the bestupdates are usually in perspective and presentation. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  13. 13. In all likelihood, if you got close (getting waitlisted,interviews without an admit, etc.), it means you dontneed to transform, you just need to tweak.In almost every case, essay structure needs to be fixed(business school applicants are the worst at structure,no offense), career goals need to be better articulated(our best guess is that 95 of every 100 MBA candidatesdo not correctly lay out career goals and articulate theappropriateness of the degree in question) and school fitbetter demonstrated (more like 99 out of 100 candidatesmiss critical DNA elements of the schools to which theyare applying, instead hitting only the shallow, basic, andeasily-researched aspects). MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  14. 14. THAT is usually the way to a new result ... NOT trying tobecome a new person.We hope that everyone who reapplies this year readsthis post and is helped by these rules of thumb.If you are interested in a free initial consultation, please emailmba@amerasiaconsulting.com. Our boutique approach pairs youwith one of the principals of our company, meaning you will beworking with someone capable of walking you through the abovesteps and perfecting your application.Finally, make sure to download our free How to Apply to HBS guide.

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