Yes those MBA deadlines are approaching. Rapidly. Kind of like a train roaring through a dark tunnel. Do you see the headlight peering through the gloom, growing brighter and brighter?
So what are my thoughts at the end of a hectic week?
- Accepted’s editors have noted a rash of bloopers in applicant essays. While these malapropisms (and too many others to list) can make for hilarious reading, they will not add to your chances of acceptance. Please note.
“Message” and “massage” are very different nouns. A “hands-on massage” is not the same as a “hands-on message.”
“Morale” and “morals” or “moral” are also very different. “My team’s morals sunk lower than low after she addressed us.” creates a very different image than “My team’s morale sunk lower than low after she addressed us.”
Your essays need proofing!
- I listened this morning to the entire MBA Podcaster episode “What Not To Do On Your Application: MBA Application Pitfalls & How To Avoid Them.” Please, please, please before you submit your applications, listen to this show with Liz Riley Hargrove, Associate Dean of Admissions, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Rose Martinelli, Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Admissions, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Graham Richmond, CEO, ClearAdmit; Kellee Scott, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions at USC’s Marshall School of Business; and myself. It is excellent and could prevent you from making some serious mistakes.
- I received a lovely note last night from a current client. He wrote:
“Natalie has been absolutely terrific! My essays are really coming along — I really don’t know what I’d do without her.
Thanks for all your help. Regardless of what happens with my B-school applications, I honestly think that accepted.com provides a tremendously valuable service. I’d even venture to say that the vast majority of applicants who do not use accepted.com are putting themselves at a terrible disadvantage. (You and Natalie have made me a believer!)
- In addition, I also received several, outstanding feedback reports from clients using other Accepted editors’ services.
I don’t think it will surprise any of you — I strongly believe that the overwhelming majority of applicants can benefit from having their applications and essays reviewed before they submit them. You are much better off if we find your mistakes than if the admissions committee does.
At this point in time, with the earliest deadlines less than a week away, we still have some availability, but it is very limited before Oct. 1. If you have any plans to use Accepted’s services, please either purchase or register ASAP.
Best of luck to all Round 1 Applicants!