April is a month that requires patience. Just like enduring those endless April showers for the hopeful appearance of May flowers, our Round Three applicants are likely spending this month wondering what their future holds and feeling anxious for the result.
Many of you may be waiting to hear from us about an interview, while others are patiently hanging on through the waitlist process. We value and appreciate the time and effort you have put forth on your application, and your patience and dedication to Booth. We know that this time can be challenging as you weigh your next moves, your options, and anticipate the unknown.
We know it’s much easier said than done, but here’s our advice for keeping calm, sane and happy in this last phase of the MBA admissions process. What’s done is done.
Take the long view, and stay focused on the future without looking back. You finally hit submit, worked hard to get there, and have already done what you can to put your best foot forward. So don’t dwell on what you could have done better, how you should have included that alternate essay, second guess other offers you may have rejected, or agonize over getting into ‘the one’. At this stage, it’s important to keep your eyes on what matters most - choosing a school where you will have a great experience (even if it wasn’t your first choice) and jump-start your future career. The results may be out of your hands at the moment, but you can still continue to map out your goals. Keep thinking about what you want your career and life to look like, not just for the next two years, but for the next ten years and beyond. Take care of business.
This will require you to think positively. Imagine you are starting business school in the fall. Are you headed to a different city or country in just a few months? Start thinking about how you will break the news to your employer and what strategies you will employ to do that gracefully. You may wish to begin researching the cities where your top business schools are located; what’s the cost of living? Do they offer serviceable public transportation? Since this will mean a major life change with many associated costs, this is also a fine time to start putting away funds for those expenses. Most importantly, analyze what you need to take care of at home before your transition begins.Cultivate your network
You’ve probably met a lot of people while on this MBA journey and that’s a good thing. No matter where you and your new acquaintances end up, this is the start of a network filled with like-minded people. Having access to people you met in the MBA search process will yield great friends, partners to exchange ideas with, or potential business colleagues for your entire career. Dream on.
No matter what happens, life will go on – and so should you. Keep doing the things you love to do, whether it’s running on the track or developing mobile apps. Start planning your summer as you would normally and make sure to allow time for travel, friends and family. After all, preparing for business school is almost like a second job – you deserve a break!