As we prepare to welcome 2017 this weekend, it’s a time for reflection and anticipation. But odds are if you’ve been working on MBA applications, you’ve already been doing a lot of both over the past several months.
Updating your resume, brainstorming the most intriguing stories for your essays and reminding your recommenders of everything you worked on together is about as intense a walk down memory lane as it gets. You’ve spent weeks upon weeks reviewing your life’s accomplishments and navel-gazing in order to ensure your materials will show admissions committees who you really are.
Now we encourage you to take a break (even if it’s just for a day) and focus on looking forward.
If you already know where you’ll be heading in the fall—or are in the envious position of deciding between programs—then there’s no doubt 2017 is going to be a banner year. You have much to be excited about!
If you’ve been waitlisted, are putting the finishing touches on your Round 2 applications or are just beginning the application process for Round 3, we understand how stressful it is to have a good chunk of 2017 up in the air. But your future plans will all fall into place in due time. And once your materials are in, there’s no harm in testing out the power of positive thinking, right?
You could also make it a New Year’s resolution to look forward to bigger and better things in 2017—no matter what ends up happening with business school.
Or, you could take this slightly more cynical approach:
Happy New Year,
The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting