It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States. On Thursday, millions of people will take a break to reflect on everything they have to be grateful for. It’s a good time for MBA hopefuls to express their gratitude as well.
If you only applied to schools in Round 1, you’re getting close to learning the final results of your efforts. Before you do, you should make a point to circle back with everyone who helped you along the way. Sure, you’ll touch base with them again to let them know where you’re going to end up. But it’s nice to thank people now so it doesn’t seem like you only appreciate their help because you got into a certain school.
So much to feel grateful for
Think back to when you first downloaded your applications. Make a list of those who played a role in ensuring you felt confident once you hit “submit.” Your recommenders might land at the top of that list. And of course, the friends and family members who proofread your materials or gave you great advice. Maybe your gratitude list also includes co-workers who helped calm your nerves after everything was sent in. We’re sure everyone who has supported you would appreciate a quick note of thanks.
If you’re currently in the midst of interviewing, remember to shoot a short thank-you email or letter to your interviewers, too! Don’t get discouraged or worried if you don’t hear back, though. Some schools have policies about interviewers responding to candidates before final decisions are out. But we know they’ll appreciate the gesture nonetheless.
What if you’re working to hit Round 2 deadlines? It’s still appropriate to thank those who have been helping you so far—especially your recommenders, who may be taking time away from their families to work on your letters over the holidays.
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