Showing Gratitude This Thanksgiving


It’s Thanksgiving in the United States today, a time when millions of people will take a break to reflect on everything they have to be grateful for. It’s also an opportunity for MBA hopefuls to focus on gratitude. If you 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 of circling back with everyone who helped you along the way. Sure, you’ll check in with them again to let them know where you’re going to end up. But it’s nice to thank people now. That way, it doesn’t seem like you’re only showing gratitude for their help because you got into a certain school.

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, your friends and family members who proofread your materials or gave you great advice, your co-workers who helped calm your nerves—everyone who’s supported you. We’re sure they’d 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 be 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 be impressed by 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.


thank your MBA recommenders

From all of us to all of you: Happy Thanksgiving, and thank YOU for reading our blog. If you find yourself with some extra time over the long holiday weekend, catch up with our B-Schooled podcast, which has new episodes every Wednesday covering just about every aspect of the MBA admissions process. You can find it on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, or TuneIn.

Until next time,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

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