June has already ended! One major thing that happened this month was that I got a lot of advice from people (current students, Alumni, Colleagues, even Adcoms – from events I attended). So I’m putting them up here so that everybody can benefit from them, you can add yours in the comment section so I can also benefit from them. They are listed in no particular order:
- The entire application is important; use every bit of it. Let your all your responses and answers demonstrate that you are ideal for the school.
- Talk to people, current students, newly admitted students, alums (even current applicants, here’s where forums like GMAT club come in handy).
- Do a lot of introspection, if you don’t believe what you are saying, chances are: no one else will.
- Start early. A lot of things go into an application, you don’t wanna rush through the process and miss something.
- Answer the questions; don’t get so carried away writing your essay or short answers that you forget to answer the question being asked.
- Be honest with yourself applying to
- Know the school you are a
- Do not lie on your application.
- Personalize your application.
- Get your recommendations from people who know you well enough and give them some guidance (this will explain better).
- Be sure to show why the school you are applying to is the best place for you.
- Let your application show that your skills, experience and personality make you a great fit for the school.
- Tackle one school at a time.
- Do not submit too early (you may have some almost-last-minute flash of genius that you need to include in your application).
- Do not submit too late (a technical glitch may push you into the next round).
I didn’t get up to 120 hours of study for the GMAT this month, but I’m done with studying the fundamentals and strategies; also, I have commenced answering practice questions. My resume has been drafted and reviewed, I have talked to my recommenders and have even gotten the first drafts of my essays (not usable but I have started writing, which is the most important thing). Not the best month but definitely a good one, I look forward to July.
P.S: Anyone else noticed that the Stanford application portal is now online? But I digress, any other application tips or advice?