I have to say that applications are extremely challenging & I alternate between extreme confidence (“yes, why not Harvard!”) and extreme lows (“I’m aiming too high, none of these schools are going to accept me, gosh what will i do when i’m rejected by them. ive made this mistake, im definitely out.”). Ugh. A yo-yo. Someone save me from myself. Also I can’t network to save my life. I’m trying, but I honestly suck at it. I have no idea how to sell myself, and I’m groping in the dark here.

Anyhow. Random thoughts of an MBA applicant who is feeling the pressure.

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    I feel you because I’m the same. I either undersell myself or wonder why I’m even trying to get in the room. But remember – you are a lawyer with experience, and even if you think it’s not relevant experience, it’s something. Look back at all your work, and ask yourself what you were proud of. If that is too much, what can you look back on now and ask yourself you learned from the things you did? And break down what you learned – were you able to adapt your writing to fit different styles? Did you learn new research methods? Did you become an inadvertent expert on something totally random? etc. Remember, it’s not always about the end product being good, but rather that it’s in the steps we take to create an end product where we grow.

    You got this! Sending you good vibes and lots of luck!

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      That’s seriously good advice. I feel like I have a block when thinking about myself, though I go very deep into everything else. I’ll take your exact questions and see if I can add strengths to my essays. I’m aiming to hit submit on all my applications by the 31st, and whatever video essays remain, by the 3rd. *fingers crossed*

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        Good Luck! I know you’ve got this. Remember – just break things down into smaller pieces and look at the big picture later.

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    How exciting. Are you thinking about international schools? I wish I’d taken school more seriously and used the time to expand.
    I say go for it all even the ones you think are a shot in the dark.

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      Yes. I’m only thinking international schools. Now is the time to expand, as you say. 🙂

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    I am dealing with the exact same thing applying for undergraduate colleges. Except I was deferred from one of my top schools which made me doubt myself even more, so I’ve been leaning towards the extreme lows recently. I’m trying to keep going though and apply to more schools before the quickly upcoming deadlines.

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      Take heart, you were deferred and not rejected! I will cross my fingers for you!

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        Thanks bbstl! The acceptance rate for deferred applicants is crazy low, but I know there’s so many other schools out there so I’m trying to remain hopeful. It’s hard not to feel the pressure though…

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          Of course, the pressure is terrible! Terrible! I wouldn’t be your age again for anything. Well, maybe for some cute oppas … but I digress. Does it help to think that a year from now you’ll already be home for Winter Break from the school you do pick? Your first semester will be under your belt! I know the day-to-day grind can really wear a girl down while you’re going through it but chin up, young person! Amazing what will happen in a year 😘

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            Thank youuuu this helped a lot! I definitely need to keep the big picture in mind.

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      *low five*? Applications are tough indeed.
      Sorry to hear about being deferred from one of your top schools, I hope the others reply with positive news!

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    Hang in there! When I mistakenly thought I didnt get accepted in grad school I was a mess. Turns out I was looking at an old list. What a dummy. 🤣 I have been rejected by the university 2x (undergrad, med school) so i def thought i was too dumb. I went to different university before which was also great, but this application was torture. Yo-Yo feelings are normal. Talk about your fears. Just like bungee, friends and fam will pull you right back up. 💜

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      I totally understand. I remember reading your posts Le_ssy. First about not getting in, then actually getting in haha. 🙂

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    Take Snarkyjellyfish’s good advice and dont beat yourself up. Seriously. Every single step of my becoming a librarian was a ridiculously difficult path (Its a library job! Shouldnt be this difficult!) including but not limited to not getting in to like 3 of the schools I applied too, FLUNKING OUT (whooooo boy, there’s a story there if you ever need a story of school and life going horribly, horribly wrong) gathering my courage to try again, get accepted and come thisclose to flunking out AGAIN (and this time with no outside influence, just me not being quite good enough). And honestly, everyone here knows the rocky employment path I’ve walked since I’ve graduated.
    Its been harder than anticipated a whole heck of a lot of them time. But? As I sit here in my own little apartment on my own little couch? The victories, when they come, are worth it.
    You’ve got this thing, man.
    And you’ve got a whole international network of beanies to remind you if you should happen to forget.
    And networking is hard. I think that theres a very small percentage of the world that is actually good at it—but that percentage is filled with loud people and they’ve convinced the rest of the world that we need to be good at it too. They stink.

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      *hugs* yes, your determination has been amazing to follow, and I’m sorry you had so many hurdles. Congratulations on the victories.

      They stink. 200% and now this person who is bad at networking will hopefully beat some of them at at least one school.

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    Don’t let applications drag you into the pit! It’s not a fun or helpful place to be. I know, I know, easy to say all of this, hard to actually practice it (I know from personal experience). But you can do this!

    Side note: Law to MBA? Switching careers? All I know about the MBA application process is that it requires the GMAT and that the math part of the GMAT can be hard unless one practices a great deal.

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      Switching careers yes. Though if I’m rejected from all the schools I apply to (which is possible, I’m aiming very high), then I’m still a lawyer. 😀
      Have you finished your legal studied maq?

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        I’ll be praying for you success in the application process!

        Starting my final semester in January! I’m excited about starting work in July, although I’ve been told by many of my mentors that the first 5-ish years as a lawyer are hellish (although things apparently get much better afterwards).

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