Must read for reapplicants a word of advice

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Must read for reapplicants a word of advice

  1. 1. http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/Must Read for Reapplicants –A Word of Advice
  2. 2. By the Amerasia Consulting Group,Boutique MBA Admissions ConsultingMust Read for Reapplicants –A Word of AdviceMBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  3. 3. This time of year, we get a huge number of inquiries fromstudents 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 consultant is rarely a betterinvestment than when you are reapplying to businessschool. However, there are a few techniques and thingswe have discovered that can help all reapplicants, not justthose who become our clients:MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  4. 4. Nearly every school can be "reapplicant friendly" so dontbe 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 tryto have a fresh start is a big mistake.For starters, you might lose the bonus points that manyreapplicants receive for tenacity and demonstratedinterest.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  5. 5. Second, you might be compromising your list of schoolsfor something that wont ever hurt you.Even a school that is not known to be reapplicant friendly,like HBS, usually has a larger reason. For Harvard, theytend to favor younger students and rock stars, so gettingdinged can hurt your case on the latter point (even if it issubconscious for the reader) and simply make you a yearolder on the former.Dont read into application format. Columbia and UCLAAnderson feature reapplicant essays only, where youprovide "new" information, but not a fresh application. Sosurely they must be down on reapplicants, right? Nope.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  6. 6. Weve seen Columbia respond very favorably toreapplicants - especially those who apply very early forEarly Decision (were talking July here).So dont read into the fact that Kellogg lets you submit awhole new application and a reapplicant essay, whileUCLA doesnt.They require different approaches, but ones not morelikely to admit you than the other on those grounds alone.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  7. 7. There are many forms of "updates." So manyreapplicants get hung up on not having enough to"update" the school on - especially when they weredinged in Round 2 of one year and then apply Round 1 ofthe next year.Dont sweat this. In addition to new test scores, workpromotions, new experiences (life and work), and evenclasses taken on the side, you also can have an updatedperspective.Better formed career goals, a better insight into thespecific school, better stated themes ... its all updatedand improved.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  8. 8. 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.Dont fear the overhaul. Another weird myth that seemsto persist among reapplicants is that you cantdramatically change your narrative in the new application.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  9. 9. The idea goes something like this: they will see myapplication from last year and know that I changedeverything.For starters, no, they probably wont. Admissions officershave thousands of files to read - rarely are they going todouble down for one person. But even if they did ... sowhat? People cant grow? Evolve? Better themselves?Improvement is not a bad thing, whether in understandingof self, writing style, or even 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
  10. 10. Dont panic. The most common type of reapplicant wework with is someone who got oh-so-close and barelymissed. (Full disclosure: this is partly because of ourphilosophy of only working with candidates we believe wecan help reach their goals, so it is self-selecting.)The hardest thing about working with this type of studentis keeping them calm.They all want to retake the GMAT, no matter their score.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  11. 11. They want to take four new extension classes and joinfive new organizations and generally transformthemselves.Going back to #3 on this list, the best updates are usuallyin perspective and presentation.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.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  12. 12. In almost every case, essay structure needs to be fixed(business school applicants are the worst at structure, nooffense), career goals need to be better articulated (ourbest guess is that 95 of every 100 MBA candidates do notcorrectly 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).THAT is usually the way to a new result ... NOT trying tobecome a new person.MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  13. 13. We hope that everyone who reapplies this year reads this post andis helped by these rules of thumb.If you are interested in a free initial consultation, please emailmba@amerasiaconsulting.com. Our boutique approach pairs you with aconsultant capable of walking you through the above steps andperfecting your application.Finally, make sure to download our free How to Apply guides.http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/

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