Partner’s Guide to Surviving the MBA Application Process (and beyond!)

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Behind every successful student, there’s a supportive partner offering strength and a cup of tea during those long study nights.

         With spring around the corner, we’re going to be spending the next few weeks producing blogs designed to help people who are just starting their MBA application process with the aim of submitting in Round One this summer. At Gurufi, we help scores of people each year earn admission into their dream schools, and in the 17+ years we’ve been doing this, we’ve learned that spouses and partners often play a key role. As such, I wanted to begin this series with a discussion about the best ways to include them in your application process.

         As the spouse or partner of a future MBA student, you are an important part of the support system that will help your loved one succeed in business school. While the journey through business school can be both exciting and challenging, it is important for you to be well-informed and prepared for the experience. Here are some tips to help you thrive during this pivotal and transformative moment in your partner’s career and life.

  1. Understand the demands of business school: Business school is a rigorous and demanding program that requires a significant amount of time and effort. It is important to understand the demands of the program and be prepared to support your partner as they navigate the challenges ahead. Be aware of the time commitment involved, including late nights, early mornings, and weekends dedicated to coursework and studying.

Importantly, this extends to the application process! It’s incredibly helpful to have a frank and specific conversation about your application schedule, what it entails, and moments when you’ll need additional help. Which brings us to Point 2…

  1. Communicate openly and honestly: Good communication is key to a healthy and supportive relationship, especially during the challenges of business school. Make sure to have regular, open, and honest conversations with your partner about their experiences and how you can support them. Be an active listener and offer encouragement and support when needed. Relationships are complex and dynamic, and at various moments one of you will need somebody to lean on, and at other times the other will… and at still other teams, you’ll prop each other up! Understand, though, that an MBA can be pretty intense, so during these two years, you should expect to do more of the propping-up for an exhausted and spread-thin partner.

  1. Be flexible and understanding: Since business school can be demanding and stressful, it may require significant changes to your normal routine. Be flexible and understanding of your partner’s needs and try to make changes that will help both of you balance your priorities. This may include adjusting your work schedule, rearranging household responsibilities, or making other modifications to your daily routine. Remember that an MBA is an investment in both of your futures, so try to keep this collaborative and supportive attitude.

  1. Get involved in the business school community: Joining the business school community can help you stay informed about what’s happening and provide opportunities to meet other partners and spouses. This can include attending events, participating in clubs and organizations, or volunteering for events and initiatives.

  1. Maintain your own interests and hobbies: It is important to maintain your own interests and hobbies, even during the demanding time of business school. Make time for the activities that bring you joy and fulfillment and consider taking on new challenges and experiences that will help you grow and develop.

  1. Encourage self-care and stress management: Business school can be a stressful time for both you and your partner. Encourage your partner to prioritize self-care and stress management, including exercise, healthy eating habits, and time for relaxation and rejuvenation.

  1. Offer support during high-stakes times: Business school is full of high-stakes moments, such as exams, presentations, and networking events. Offer your support and encouragement during these times and be there to celebrate your partner’s successes and provide comfort during setbacks.

  1. Be a sounding board: Business school can be a time of intense self-reflection and growth, and it is important for you to be a sounding board for your partner. Listen to their ideas and provide a supportive environment in which they can explore their thoughts and goals.

  1. Build a network of your own: Building a network of friends and colleagues can help you stay connected and informed during business school. Seek out opportunities to connect with other partners and spouses, and consider joining clubs and organizations that align with your interests.

Of special note is that many business schools have clubs or organizations specifically for B-school partners, and having a network of partners and spouses can provide an incredible outlet for frustrations, a set of sympathetic ears who understand your particular situation, and social outlets for times when your partner is heavily involved in school or professional activities.

  1. Plan for the future: Business school is an investment in your partner’s future… AND YOUR FUTURE TOGETHER! As such, it is important to plan for the changes and opportunities that may come with a new degree. Consider your long-term goals and aspirations and have open and honest conversations about how an MBA will alter the trajectory of your shared lives.

As the partner of a future MBA student, you have a critical role to play in their success. By offering support, encouragement, and a strong foundation of love and understanding, you can help your partner navigate the challenges of business school and achieve their goals. This is a journey you’re taking together, so try to embrace the spirit of collaboration, mutual support, and the love that brought you together in the first place!

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top MBA programs. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Can You Use a Personal Statement for Multiple Applications?

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Mastering the Art of Essay Recycling: A Clever Approach to Tailoring Your MBA Applications

As the flowers bloom and spring arrives, many of you are planning your MBA applications. One of the most common questions I get as an MBA personal statement consultant is whether and how to reuse personal statements.

Indeed, applying to business schools is a time-consuming process, often involving multiple application essays to multiple programs. With each institution looking for specific traits and experiences in candidates, it’s imperative to craft applications that resonate with each program’s unique ethos. As such, it’s vital that you take a thoughtful approach to reusing parts of or entire essays for multiple applications. This blog post will delve into strategies to efficiently manage and tailor your MBA applications, ensuring your efforts are both effective and coherent.

If you’re more of a video learner, check out this presentation we did for GMATClub. It also includes an example of how to use a Stanford GSB MBA application essay for Duke Fuqua. Gurufi has nearly 15 years of experience helping applicants get into top programs. We focus exclusively on personal statements, CVs, and other written aspects of your application, so we deliver excellent products at affordable price points (see our perfect rating on GMATClub!).

Understanding the Landscape

Most MBA applicants apply to 6-8 programs. Given the fact that most applicants are also working professionals, this can constitute a real time commitment. As such, it’s important to apply in a manner that produces excellent results while not wasting time. The approach we outline here not only improves your chances of acceptance but also allows you to target a range of schools that align with their professional goals and personal values. In other words, we seek to achieve maximum results in the most efficient way possible.

 

The Golden Rules of Application Management

 

  1. Individualized Approach

The cornerstone of a successful application strategy is treating each application as a standalone project. This means deeply understanding what each school values, how you align with these values, and how the program fits into your career trajectory. This tailored approach ensures that your applications are not only relevant but also compelling to each respective admissions committee.

  1. Avoiding the Shoehorn Trap

A common pitfall in application management is attempting to force-fit an essay or personal statement crafted for one school into another’s application. While this might seem like a time-saver, incongruent essays can dilute your message and reduce the impact of your application.

  1. The Art of Repurposing

Efficiency doesn’t have to come at the cost of personalization. Repurposing content across applications is a practical strategy, provided it’s done judiciously. Identifying universal themes in your story that resonate with multiple programs can allow you to reuse content without compromising the bespoke nature of each application.

 

Practical Steps to Application Mastery

Deep Dives and Brainstorms

Brainstorming is the most important aspect of personal statement writing that most people ignore. There are many ways to do it, but however you do, DO NOT SKIP this step. Begin your application journey with a thorough research phase for each program, focusing on its unique characteristics and values. This phase is crucial for tailoring your application narratives to echo what each school holds in high regard. Also be sure to consider how you fit within the program and what you hope to accomplish.

Crafting and Refining

Start with a comprehensive draft for your first application, focusing on creating a compelling narrative that reflects your aspirations, achievements, and the impact you wish to make. This initial effort lays a solid foundation, making subsequent applications easier to manage.

Strategic Borrowing

With a robust initial essay, you can strategically borrow elements for other applications. This doesn’t mean copying and pasting entire sections without thought. Instead, adapt and tweak these elements to fit the new context, ensuring they align with the next school’s specific prompts and values.

 

A Symphony of Applications

Managing multiple MBA applications is akin to conducting a symphony—each piece must be played with precision and care, yet all must harmonize to create a compelling overall narrative. By understanding each program’s unique requirements, maintaining authenticity in your narratives, and strategically repurposing content where appropriate, you can navigate the application process with confidence and efficiency.

Embarking on this journey with a clear strategy and an open mind can transform the daunting task of application management into an opportunity to deeply reflect on your goals, values, and the impact you wish to make through your MBA journey.

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top Masters and Ph.D. programs in STEM, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Eight Tips for Starting Your MBA Application

It’s spring, so MBA applicants looking to submit in R1 2024 have begun the process of building their applications. At Gurufi, we’ve helped thousands of applicants earn admission to their dream schools, so we understand not just the process, but the mindset and strategy, needed to earn admission into top MBA programs.

In this video, we break down some early tips for thinking about your MBA application.

Starting your MBA application journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. With the aim of demystifying this process, we’ve compiled a video with eight essential tips to help you navigate the complexities and position yourself for success. Here, we distill those insights into a comprehensive guide for prospective MBA candidates.

  1. Dream Realistically Big

Your personal statement is your chance to shine, to showcase your aspirations and dreams. But it’s crucial to balance ambition with realism. Reflect on your experiences and achievements to gauge the scale of your dreams. Your aspirations should be a natural extension of your past successes, demonstrating potential growth rather than an implausible leap.

 

  1. The Power of Elegance in Writing

For STEM applicants, and indeed all applicants, the quality of your writing is as crucial as your quantitative skills. Strive for writing that is lean, direct, and impactful, without unnecessary embellishments. Your narrative should be clear, concise, and compelling, ensuring your ideas resonate powerfully with the admissions committee.

 

  1. Listen to Your Intuition

Choosing between multiple MBA offers can be overwhelming. Trust your gut instincts—they’re often your subconscious synthesizing information faster than you can consciously. Consider not just the prestige of the program but where you feel you’ll truly thrive, as happiness and fit are paramount for success.

 

  1. Focus on the Future

While your past achievements are important, your personal statement should primarily be forward-looking. Describe your experiences and current activities in a way that convincingly presents your envisioned future as attainable and aligned with your identity, skills, and accomplishments.

 

  1. Thrive, Don’t Just Survive

An MBA should not be viewed merely as a stepping stone, but as a valuable phase of your life where you should thrive and find joy. The right program for you is one that not only advances your career but also enriches you personally and intellectually.

 

  1. To Hire or Not to Hire Help

The decision to seek professional assistance for your MBA application depends on your confidence in your writing and the strength of your support network. An expert’s perspective can provide valuable insights and highlight your strengths effectively, especially if you’re unsure about your narrative skills.

 

  1. Consider the ROI

Conducting a Return on Investment (ROI) analysis helps quantify the financial implications of pursuing an MBA. Consider the cost of the program against potential earnings post-graduation to understand the financial commitment and its impact on your future.

 

  1. Plan and Reflect Early

Start preparing for your application well in advance. While focusing on standardized tests, also begin reflecting on potential essay topics. Keep a notebook for spontaneous ideas related to your personal statement, allowing your subconscious to mull over the prompts and enrich your narrative.

In conclusion, applying for an MBA is a journey that requires thoughtful reflection, strategic planning, and a deep understanding of one’s goals and capabilities. By following these tips, you can craft an application that not only showcases your achievements and potential but also resonates with the ethos of your dream MBA program. Remember, the goal is not just to gain admission but to find a program where you will flourish and set the stage for a successful and fulfilling career.

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top Masters and Ph.D. programs in STEM, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Six Important Tips for Starting Your MBA Application

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You’re at a pivotal moment in your life and career. Be thoughtful!

March is our transition month here at Gurufi. Most of our 2023-24 cycle MBA clients have submitted their applications, and many have already gotten great news. We are beginning to think about next year’s cycle. Though most schools won’t be releasing their application formats, essays, and deadlines until much later in the year, for people looking to apply in the 2024-25 cycles, the time to begin planning is now.

This is an immense decision, and in the coming months, we’ll have a lot of updates, strategies, and insights on specific schools and general application areas. But to start with, I wanted to give some big-picture things to keep in mind on this journey. The MBA journey is a significant decision that can propel your career to new heights. The application process can feel incredibly intimidating at the start, and as you begin, here are some critical things to contemplate that can enhance your application and set you on the path to success.

  1. Self-Reflection and Clear Career Goals

The best MBA applications convey a sense that the applicant knows themselves: their motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and, most importantly, career aspirations. Business schools are not just looking for candidates with impressive resumes; they seek individuals with a clear vision of how an MBA will catapult them toward their career goals. Start by asking yourself why you want an MBA and how it aligns with your short-term and long-term objectives. An exercise I like to do with new clients is to ask them to write, in under 50 words, why they want to earn an MBA. At the start, many people have two answers: an answer they give themselves (more money, promotion, etc.) and an answer they would give to someone on the AdCom. Think through this answer deeply and work to produce a short, direct, and compelling answer that is both personally resonant AND would be compelling to someone on the Admissions Committee.

This introspection will strengthen your application and ensure that you choose programs that align with your aspirations. Articulating your goals convincingly in your essays and interviews demonstrates purpose and direction, qualities that admissions committees value highly.

  1. Involve Your Loved Ones

 

If done right, an MBA will transform your career and your life. It’s a big deal. So, talk to your family and close friends about it. Ask for their support beforehand, tell them the dates when you’ll be in the thick of GMAT studying or will be overwhelmed with the combinations of work and applications. This will let them know when you need extra help and encouragement. When it comes to your personal statements, ask them, “How would you describe me to somebody who’s never met me?” Have conversations about your strengths and weaknesses with people you trust. This outside perspective is invaluable, especially as you prepare your personal statement. The more you can build a support system for this process, the better it will go for you.

 

  1. Research and School Selection

Too many applicants look at the rankings and nothing else. Instead of just trying to contort your application into only the M7 schools, do real research to find programs that are a good fit. Yes, with so many MBA programs out there, selecting the right ones to apply to can be overwhelming. But we’re talking about two years of your life, a massive chunk of money, and a decision that will alter the trajectory of your career. Taking three weekends to do extensive research on many programs is time well-spent and intelligently invested. Thorough research into each program’s culture, curriculum, specializations, and networking opportunities is crucial. Look beyond rankings; consider how each program aligns with your career goals, learning style, and personal preferences. Engage with current students and alumni, attend information sessions, and, if possible, visit campuses to get a sense of the community and resources available. Tailoring your application to reflect how you fit with each program’s unique offerings shows the admissions committee that you have done your homework and are genuinely interested in what they offer.

 

  1. Academic and Professional Preparedness

Business schools assess your academic readiness through your undergraduate GPA, GMAT or GRE scores, and other relevant coursework or certifications. While these metrics are important, your professional experience carries substantial weight. Highlight your leadership experiences, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and any impact you’ve made in your roles. Remember, it’s not about the quantity of your experiences but the quality and relevance. Showcasing a growth trajectory and the ability to overcome challenges can significantly strengthen your application. As you put together a list of schools, the place to begin is by asking yourself whether it’s vital that you attend any business school (or the best one you can get into) or whether you’re only interested in attending a top school. If it’s the former, then be sure to apply schools from across the range of selectiveness. The old college application rule of “three safe schools, three solid schools, three reaches” isn’t a bad one to follow.

 

  1. Recommendations and Networking

Letters of recommendation are a critical component of your MBA application. A few years back, we made this detailed breakdown of how to get a great letter of recommendation. In fact, we’ve done a lot of content on this! Check this, this, and this out! (and see how my hair has changed over the years!  ) Letters are so important because they provide insight into your professional accomplishments and potential for future success. Choose recommenders who know you well and can speak to your strengths, leadership abilities, and how you’ve contributed to your workplace. It’s essential to brief your recommenders about your MBA aspirations and discuss specific instances they might highlight to support your application.

Networking with alumni and current students can provide invaluable insights into the program and can also enhance your application. These interactions can offer you perspectives that you can incorporate into your essays, making your application more robust and personal.

 

  1. Authenticity and Personal Branding

In a sea of applicants, standing out is paramount. Your essays, resume, and interview are opportunities to showcase your unique story, values, and what you bring to the table. Authenticity is key; admissions committees can discern between genuine narratives and those crafted merely to impress. Reflect on your experiences, passions, and the challenges you’ve overcome. How have these shaped you and your career aspirations? Building a cohesive narrative that ties your past experiences with your future goals while highlighting how an MBA fits into this journey is crucial.

Your personal brand is the amalgamation of your professional experiences, personal values, and the unique perspective you bring. Consistency across all elements of your application in presenting this brand can make a significant impact. Whether through your essays, your recommenders’ anecdotes, or your interview responses, ensuring a coherent and authentic representation of yourself is vital.

 

As you’ll learn, your MBA application isn’t just you writing about strengths and stories that you already know. There’s a sense of self-discovery that this process entails. As you think about your life, aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses, keep an open mind, and remember that this is a two-way process. Just as the AdCom will be exacting in their assessments of you, you should think carefully about whether, how, and why various schools would fit your vision for your future.

By reflecting on your career goals, conducting thorough research on programs, demonstrating academic and professional preparedness, leveraging recommendations, and maintaining authenticity, you can craft a compelling application. Remember, the goal is not just to gain admission but to ensure that the program you choose is a stepping stone toward your envisioned future. Embrace this process as an opportunity to introspect and articulate your aspirations, and you’ll find that your MBA application is not just a formality but a pivotal chapter in your career narrative.

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top Masters and Ph.D. programs in STEM, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Your MBA Application is About Your Future, Not Your Past

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Your Personal Statement is About the Road Ahead

Every year, Gurufi’s consultants help applicants build compelling personal statements that get them into their dream schools. There are many ways to write a great essay, but I’ve found that the best ones are always about the future.

         Unfortunately, when most people begin writing their personal statements, their first thought is what from their past they hope to highlight. After all, since you’re trying to prove that you’re qualified and prepared for an MBA, wouldn’t the natural inclination be to delve into the past, highlighting accomplishments and experiences that define your current professional identity? However, this approach, while important, only tells half the story. The key to a compelling MBA application lies not in the recollection of the past but in the clear vision of the future.

         In short, if you can provide a compelling, personal, and plausible vision for your future, your application will likely succeed.

 

  1. The Future as Your Guiding Star

This is why when I run workshops to help people write personal statements, our first activity is called “Envisioning Who You Want to Become.” That’s because the starting point of your MBA application should be a forward-looking vision. It’s essential to have a concrete understanding of what and who you aim to become. This future-oriented perspective isn’t just about setting goals; it’s about envisaging a version of yourself that is more skilled, more knowledgeable, and more impactful. The clarity of this vision will not only guide your application but also your career trajectory.

         Once you lay out your future in all of its specificity and ambitious glory, you need to reflect on how an MBA can bridge the gap between where you are now and where you hope to be. Understanding how an MBA will serve as a bridge from your current position to your future aspirations is crucial. It’s about recognizing the specific skills, networks, and knowledge that an MBA program can provide and how these elements are integral to achieving your long-term goals. This understanding demonstrates to the admissions committee that you have a clear purpose for pursuing an MBA, making your application more compelling.

 

  1. Contextualizing Your Past

At this point, you may be saying, “yeah, okay… but my personal statement is my past, though, right?” Yes… and no. Your future goals are central to your application, and your past experiences and achievements play a significant role in laying the groundwork. The key is to contextualize these experiences in terms of your future aspirations. Each accomplishment, challenge, and learning experience from your past should be a building block that supports your journey toward your future goals. If your past, present, and future don’t align in a way that makes sense, your essay will be incoherent. A simple question that I often ask is “does this feel like the same person?” If the events from your past that you choose to highlight don’t serve to show that you’re likely to achieve the dreams you present, that won’t make sense to the reader.

         A disjointed narrative that swings between past achievements and future aspirations without a connecting thread will weaken your application and undermine the sense of theme that any good essay has. The art lies in weaving your past experiences into a narrative that flows seamlessly into your future vision. This coherence in your story not only makes your application more compelling but also demonstrates your ability to strategize and plan for long-term objectives.

 

  1. Selecting and Emphasizing Stories

         When you take a future-directed mindset, the decision of which stories and accomplishments to include in your application will naturally be guided by their relevance to your future goals. Select experiences that showcase skills and qualities that are not only impressive in their own right but also pertinent to the future you envision. This selective approach ensures that every part of your application is working towards the same end goal – to showcase your potential as a future leader. Each story you include should be told with an emphasis on how it contributes to your future vision. It’s not just about what you achieved, but how those achievements have prepared you for future challenges and opportunities. A well-told story that connects your past success to your future potential can be a powerful tool in your application.

 

  1. Inspiring Confidence in Your Future

         Of course, the ultimate aim of your MBA application is to convince the admissions committee that you are not only a product of your past but a promise of the future. If your application can make the reader excited about what you are set to achieve and confident in your ability to do so, your chances of admission increase significantly. In fact, a future-focused application that effectively incorporates your past experiences positions you as a candidate with immense potential. When the admissions committee sees a candidate who not only has a clear vision for their future but also a solid foundation from their past to build upon, they tend to get excited about these applicants. In my experience, these are the ones who have success.

 

Starting with a clear vision of what you aspire to become, understanding how an MBA will help you get there, and then using your past experiences to reinforce this narrative, creates a compelling and coherent application. By focusing on the future, you not only align your application with your long-term goals but also present yourself as a candidate who is ready to embark on the transformative journey of an MBA program. The past is your foundation, but the future is your horizon – aim for it.

         If you are struggling to bring together your past and future, have the editors / consultants at Gurufi give you a hand. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top MBA programs. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook,Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Maximizing Your MBA Admission Chances: A Strategic Guide to Choosing the Right Application Round

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A strategic moment of decision-making for an MBA applicant: choosing between Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3 for submission.

As winter reaches its deepest depths, many of you are just starting your MBA journeys. There is a lot to figure out between now and when you hit “submit” on your final application, and Gurufi is here to help! Every year, we help scores of applicants earn admission to their dream MBA programs.

         Unlike other professional schools like law school or medical school that have a single set of application deadlines, MBA admissions at most schools have multiple deadline dates, or “rounds,” that are, roughly, in September / October, December, and March / April. Each of these rounds has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding these can be crucial in deciding when to submit your application. Here’s a detailed look at the typical timeline, benefits, and drawbacks of each round.

         Before starting, it’s important to point out that, whatever round you apply to, the basic metrics for assessing your application will be the same. Strong applicants, in any round, need a compelling vision for their future, a clear sense of how / why and MBA will help you achieve this future, strong work background, and good grades and test scores (though test scores are not always required).

Round 1: Early Birds Catch the Worm

Timeline: Applications are generally due in September or October.

 

People who have been thinking about an MBA for a while, or who have sketched out life plans / professional trajectories where they can see their MBA applications coming from a mile away often begin their applications a year out or more, preparing their GMAT / GRE and crafting their admissions strategies. These folks often enter the Round 1 pool.

 

Benefits:

  • Demonstrating Eagerness: Applying in Round 1 shows the admissions committee your strong interest and eagerness in the program.
  • Maximizing Chances: Since no seats have been filled yet, you’re competing for the full range of available seats, which can potentially increase your chances of acceptance. This is often school-dependent, though. Some schools make an effort to make each round similar in terms of seats offered and the general criteria, while others prioritize R1 by offering more seats.
  • Early Access to Financial Aid: Being the first group, you have the earliest shot at financial aid and scholarships, a significant factor for many.

Drawbacks:

  • Tight Deadlines: The deadlines for Round 1 are typically the earliest. You’ll need to have all elements of your application ready, including test scores, recommendation letters, and essays. Similarly, if you’re up for a big promotion in the winter or you know that your company tends to issue evaluations and promotions at the end of the calendar year, you may not be able to incorporate these assessments or professional advancements into your application in a meaningful way.
  • Less Time for Preparation: If you need additional time to strengthen your application or retake entrance exams, the early deadlines can be a significant constraint.

 

Round 2: Striking the Balance

Timeline: Applications are usually due in January.

Benefits:

  • Popular Choice: Round 2 strikes a balance between available seats and time for preparation, making it a popular choice. At many schools, the largest chunk of seats are reserved for the R2 round, though, again, this is not universal. You may want to talk to the school about their allotment and even see if they have data on a per-round basis (many do).
  • Second Chance: It’s an optimal choice if you missed Round 1 or needed more time to enhance your application.

Drawbacks:

  • Increased Competition: Despite many seats being available, competition can be fiercer due to a higher volume of applicants. The difference is volume between R1 and R2 is quite substantial. Again, it’s school-dependent, but at many schools, it’s as high as 2x – 3x… or even higher.
  • Limited Scholarships: Some scholarship opportunities might have been exhausted in Round 1, potentially affecting your financial aid options. One particular way this manifests is that if you’re hoping to earn admission into multiple schools and play them off each other to maximize your financial aid (which you should always try), then that’s easier when schools have more discretionary resources earlier in the process.

Round 3: The Last Minute Rush

Timeline: Applications are typically due in March or April.

Benefits:

  • Ample Preparation Time: Ideal for those who decide late to pursue an MBA or need extra time to boost their profiles. This round is especially attractive for people who hope to include end-of-calendar-year assessments and promotions in their applications.
  • Flexible for Profile Enhancement: Beneficial for retaking tests. It’s often the case that an applicant’s preferred timeline is test score dependent. If you get an initial test score that you think won’t keep you competitive at your preferred school, then you should look to delay to a later round, retake the test, and apply in R3.

Drawbacks:

  • Limited Seats: A significant portion of the class has already been filled, leading to intense competition for the remaining seats.
  • Scarce Financial Aid: Scholarships and financial aid are often scarcer in this round.
  • Visa Issues for International Students: Might pose timing challenges for obtaining necessary visas.

 

Making the Right Choice

When deciding which round to apply in, it’s crucial to weigh these benefits and drawbacks against your personal circumstances and preparedness. Here are some additional tips to consider:

  1. Assess Your Readiness: Be realistic about how prepared you are with your GMAT/GRE scores, essays, and recommendation letters. There are often delays in getting transcripts and letters of recommendation(always give your writers at least 2 weeks!), and writing multiple strong personal statements, sometimes takes candidates months. Don’t underestimate the effort and time required. If you’re thinking of submitting for R1, you really need to be in full preparation in the spring.

  1. Consider Your Profile Strength: If you think your profile could be stronger with more work experience or better test scores, waiting for a later round might be beneficial.

  1. Research Individual School Policies: Each school may have slightly different timelines and policies. Ensure you understand these specifics to make an informed decision.

  1. Understand the Financial Implications: Consider how applying in a particular round might affect your chances for scholarships and financial aid. Choosing the right round to apply for your MBA is a strategic decision that can significantly impact your admission chances and overall experience. By understanding the nuances of each application round and aligning them with your personal situation, you can optimize your approach and increase your chances of success in this competitive landscape. Remember, each journey is unique, and the best choice always aligns with your personal and professional readiness.

Other than the GMAT, the most time-consuming part of the application is also the trickiest: the personal statement. If you need help with your Personal Statement, the editor / consultants at Gurufi have decades of experience helping clients get into top MBA programs. Contact us today. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

This grid provides a basic understanding of the three rounds of MBA applications, but remember that each school may have slightly different timelines and policies, so it’s crucial to do your research. As you decide which round to apply in, weigh the benefits and drawbacks against your personal circumstances and preparedness.

Round Typical Timeline Benefits Drawbacks
Round 1 Applications due in September/October Round 1 is generally the preferred round for most applicants. Applying early can demonstrate to the admissions committee your eagerness and strong interest in the program. Additionally, as no seats have been filled yet, you’re competing for the full range of available seats, increasing your chances of acceptance. You also have the first shot at financial aid and scholarships, which can be a significant factor for many applicants. On the downside, the deadlines for Round 1 are usually the earliest, meaning you’ll need to have all elements of your application, including GMAT/GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and essays, ready to submit. For those who need additional time to strengthen their applications or retake entrance exams, this can be a significant drawback.
Round 2 Applications due in January Round 2 is often the most popular round, providing a balance between available seats and time to prepare a strong application. If you missed Round 1 or needed more time to enhance your application or retake the GMAT/GRE, Round 2 is the optimal choice. Although there are still many seats available in Round 2, competition is typically fiercer due to the higher volume of applicants. Additionally, some scholarship opportunities may have been exhausted in Round 1, potentially impacting your financial aid package.
Round 3 Applications due in March/April Round 3 allows the maximum amount of time to prepare your application, making it ideal for those who decide late to pursue an MBA. It can also benefit those who need extra time to boost their profiles, such as retaking the GMAT/GRE or adding more work experience. The most significant drawback of Round 3 is the limited number of available seats. By this round, a significant portion of the class has been filled, and the competition for the remaining seats is intense. Scholarships and financial aid may also be scarcer. Furthermore, international students may face visa timing issues.

Mastering the Boss Conversation: Strategies for Discussing Your MBA Goals

An anxious professional in a business suit stands hesitantly outside a closed office door labeled 'Boss.' He clutches an 'MBA Application' folder under one arm and is about to knock on the door with his other hand. The modern, sleek office hallway around him emphasizes the serious corporate environment. His expression is a mix of determination and nervousness, capturing a pivotal moment in his career.
Talking to your boss about your aspirations can be a nervous affair!

 

At Gurufi, we help hundreds of applicants each year get into their dream schools. One problem we repeatedly encounter is applicants being worried what their bosses will think about them applying for an MBA. Indeed, the decision to apply for an MBA can trigger a swirl of emotions, especially when it comes to discussing your plans with your employer. You might be feeling an odd mix of excitement about the next steps in your career and apprehension about how your current boss will react, particularly if you’ve recently been promoted. Rest assured, this is a common dilemma faced by many MBA applicants, and there are tactful ways to approach the situation.

Firstly, it’s essential to remember that applying for an MBA is a significant professional development step, not a sign of ingratitude or disloyalty. As you talk to your boss, keep this frame in mind and use it to inform your tone and thoughts. Even if you have recently been promoted, your pursuit of an MBA demonstrates your ambition and drive to further contribute to your organization or industry in the future.

It’s also worth noting that your boss, like any other professional, likely understands the importance of continuous growth and learning. If they have been supportive and instrumental in your career development thus far, chances are, they will be supportive of your decision to pursue an MBA as well. Remember, a recommendation from your boss can significantly strengthen your application, so it’s worth having an open and honest conversation with them about your, especially if you intend to return to the company upon earning your MBA.

Before you talk to your boss, have a clear idea about why you want to pursue an MBA. Being able to explain your motivations will not only help convince your boss that this is the right step for you, but also shows that you’ve thought seriously about this decision. The reasons can vary widely, from wanting to deepen your business acumen to intending to switch industries or roles, but the crucial thing is that your motivations align with your overall career trajectory.

When discussing your decision, focus on the positive outcomes an MBA could bring to your current organization. For instance, emphasize how the skills and knowledge you gain could benefit your team or department. You could even propose a way to stay connected with your current organization while pursuing your MBA, if this is a possibility and something you’d be interested in.

Timing is also crucial in such conversations. Consider your boss’s schedule and choose a time when they aren’t rushed or stressed. It’s best to schedule a dedicated meeting for this discussion rather than bringing it up casually or in a meeting with a different focus.

As for the conversation itself, honesty is the best policy. Start by expressing your gratitude for the opportunities and support you’ve received so far, including the recent promotion. Explain that you’re discussing this with them because you value their opinion and would appreciate their support.

Then, outline your reasons for wanting to pursue an MBA, ensuring to tie them back to your professional growth and how this could potentially benefit the organization. It’s essential to convey that this decision is about your long-term career development and isn’t reflective of any dissatisfaction with your current role or company.

When it comes to requesting a letter of recommendation, be straightforward and respectful. Acknowledge that it’s a significant request and assure them that you understand if they need some time to think it over. If they agree, make it as easy as possible for them by providing a summary of key points that they might include in the letter.

But what if you aren’t intending to return to the company or are looking to transition into a new industry?

When preparing to discuss your departure for an MBA with your boss, approach the conversation with professionalism and transparency. Begin by scheduling a private meeting, ensuring an environment conducive to a respectful and focused discussion. Start by expressing gratitude for the opportunities and experiences gained at the company, acknowledging how they’ve contributed to your professional growth and decision to pursue further education.

Clearly communicate your intention to pursue an MBA to transition into a new industry or company. Be honest about your career aspirations, emphasizing that this decision aligns with your long-term professional goals. It’s important to be clear that your path forward involves moving on from the company, but do so respectfully, highlighting your positive experiences.

Offer to provide a smooth transition, including training a replacement or documenting your responsibilities. This demonstrates responsibility and respect for the company’s needs. Be prepared to discuss the timing of your departure, aiming for a mutually agreeable timeline.

Finally, maintain a tone of gratitude and professionalism throughout the conversation. Your goal is to leave on good terms, preserving professional relationships and networks for the future

Remember, while you might feel nervous about this conversation, it’s a normal part of the MBA application process. Most bosses will respond positively to your ambition and drive, and will want to support you in your next career step. Even if they express concerns or disappointment about your potential departure, maintaining open and respectful communication can help ease the transition for both parties.

It’s normal to feel apprehensive about discussing your MBA plans with your boss, especially if you’ve recently received a promotion. However, by approaching the conversation with honesty, tact, and a clear vision of your future career goals, you can not only gain their understanding but potentially their support and a powerful letter of recommendation as well.

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top MBA programs. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Expert Tips for Choosing the Right Program After Admission Success!

Cartoon of a pensive MBA applicant with three thought bubbles overhead, each labeled with the names of top business schools: 'Harvard Business School,' 'Columbia Business School,' and 'Wharton.' The applicant appears slightly stressed, symbolizing the challenging decision-making process involved in choosing among prestigious MBA programs.
In the world of elite education, choosing the right MBA program can be as challenging as getting in. This cartoon captures the dilemma faced by applicants who must decide between two or more great options.

When I checked my email this morning, I remembered why this is my favorite time of year! Two of my favorite clients got into their dream schools, and my back-and-forth emails with a client who just found out that he got into Stanford brought a warm feeling to my heart that just about melted the huge pile of snow outside my house!

During the late fall and early winter, we’re incredibly busy at Gurufi, helping clients get into their dream schools. But now, our clients are starting to hear back from MBA programs, and the good news we get is fantastic and justifies all the late nights working with them to perfect their personal statements and CVs. But now, many of our clients face a happy dilemma: how do you choose between two good schools?

To be clear, it’s a champagne problem! And, to be honest, it’s a problem that we love to dump on our clients’ laps!  As we say at Gurufi, “there’s no crying on the yacht… but it’s okay to worry a bit…”

Though technically speaking picking from among schools isn’t part of my job, I often give clients some advice about this question based on years of experience. Here are ten thoughts on how to pick between schools after you’ve been offered admission!

  1. Ask yourself: do I want to live there? One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve seen people make is to view their graduate school experience as something that they should just endure or merely Not your preferred location? Well… it’s only a few years! That is the wrong approach. If you’re happy, you’re more likely to thrive, make connections, and get the most out of the experience. So, take the school’s location and size into account. Think about whether you want to attend a large or small school and if you want to live in a major city or a small town. Ask yourself, “is this somewhere I could live?” Don’t be afraid to try something new, but listen to what your gut says and ask yourself “could I thrive here?”

  1. Once again, look into the academics and how well they align with your goals. Especially if you’re trying to decide between comparable programs, take the time to do another “final check,” perhaps even more in-depth than when choosing whether to apply. Check out the instructors and available programs. Check the curriculum to see if it fits your professional objectives, and look into the professors to see if they have any relevant experience or publications. Contact current students and ask them what they love and what they wish they could change. Write down what you think your two years of coursework, training, resources, and extracurriculars would look like.

  1. Okay, fine… take into account the school’s reputation and ranking. I am a HUGE believer in the idea that fit matters more than ranking, but ranking and reputation do matter. Rankings should not be the primary consideration, but they can help you determine the standing of the institution and the caliber of its curriculum.

  1. Think about the alumni and current students you’ve met. By this point, you’ve likely talked to lots of current students and alumni. Once you’ve been admitted, use LinkedIn and other resources that the school provides to have more conversations about the school and its strengths. You’ll likely find that students are even more frank with students who’ve been admitted. Similarly, find out about how active alumni are and the kinds of things that they’re up to. After graduation, a robust alumni network may offer useful contacts and assistance.

  1. Price compare. Usually, schools provide financial aid and cost information a few weeks after admission. Sometimes longer. As soon as you have this information, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. How much are you willing to spend? Importantly, you can also use this period to bargain. Contact the Admissions and Financial Aid offices if you’ve gotten a more generous package from another school, and ask them to close the gap. They won’t always be able to do so, but they often can, and it never hurts to ask! At any rate, once you have some solid numbers, a basic ROI assessment that includes everything from long-term trajectory to immediate salary bumps can help you figure out your next move.

  1. Don’t forget to do a deep dive into local expenses! If you’re comparing, for instance, NYU and Ross, remember to account for the fact that Manhattan is a lot pricier than Ann Arbor.

  1. Listen to your gut… but you don’t have to obey it! Churchill said that “intuition is reason in a hurry.” There’s real truth to this. In 99% of cases, people have a gut-level preference for one school. Begin by acknowledging what this is, and then ask why. Are you a little too enamored with rankings? Did the campus dazzle you? Whatever the reason, ask yourself a follow-up question: is the basis of my gut’s decision rational and good? If not, then be willing to deny your intuition and take a more thoughtful approach. If so, then you know what to do!

  1. Consider the culture and ideals of the school. To learn more about the school’s culture and beliefs and determine whether they coincide with your own, visit the school’s website and go to informational sessions. If this hasn’t been made clear to you, ask somebody. Attending a school where your values align with theirs is vital, so don’t overlook it.

  1. Dig into the data. Now is the time to get even fussier about all of the relevant data that schools keep. What’s their 1-year and 5-year employment data look like? Average salary? Long-term satisfaction rate (or its proxy: alumni giving percentage)? You probably looked at this information during the application process, but now is the time to do it again!

  1. Take into account the school’s inclusion and diversity. A varied and inclusive school may offer a richer educational experience and can also be a positive reflection of the ideals of the institution. And if that touchy-feely stuff doesn’t move you, remember that you’re hoping to thrive within an increasingly global and diverse world, so be sure that you have the background and comfort level to do this!

I hope that you have the happy conundrum of trying to choose between great options! If you’d like to have this problem, then be sure to check us out Gurufi.com!  For seventeen years, we’ve helped thousands of clients craft powerful personal statements and attractive CVs. Check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top medical, law, and graduate programs. We pride ourselves in guaranteeing the satisfaction of every client. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

“Mastering Your McCombs MBA Essay: Essential Tips for a Compelling Personal Statement”

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Are YOU McCombs Material?

 

In the fifteen years that Gurufi.com has been helping MBA applicants get into their dream schools, we’ve noticed that the number of competitive / elite applicants looking at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business has grown steadily. Once a school known mostly for its great programs for people looking to enter the energy or oil & gas sectors, McCombs has becomes a much more well-rounded and broadly excellent MBA program. In fact, in last year’s cycle, two of our clients earned admission into both McCombs and an elite Ivy program, and both elected to attend McCombs.

The McCombs School of Business Full-Time MBA program stands out for its diverse academic offerings, experiential learning opportunities, and strong post-graduation career outcomes. To start, here is the raw data.

Admission Details

Category Information
Application Deadlines – Round 1: October 10, 2023
  – Round 2: January 5, 2024
  – Round 3: March 26, 2024
  – Round 4: May 9, 2024
GPA Average 3.46
GMAT Average 704
Class Size 241
Acceptance Rate 34%
Average Age 29
Average Work Experience 5.9 years
Diversity (Women) 35%
Diversity (International) 26%
Undergraduate Majors Business/Economics: 35%, STEM: 32%, Humanities: 13%, Others: 20%
Salary Average Post-MBA $190,650
Employment Rate Post-MBA Offers Upon Graduation: 79%, At 3 Months: 90%

McCombs offers a distinctive Full-Time MBA program, renowned for its focus on entrepreneurship, diverse academic concentrations, and a robust career development framework. This essay will explore the strengths of McCombs Business School, emphasizing its unique academic offerings, experiential learning opportunities, and comprehensive admissions process. The essays also make clear that the school values people who have a clear sense of the future they aspire to chart for themselves and have a vision for how they’ll fit into the McCombs family post-graduation.

 

Unique Strengths of McCombs Business School

  • Concentrations and Curriculum: McCombs stands out for its varied concentrations, particularly in Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Clean Tech, Innovation Leadership, and Supply Chain & Operations Management. The curriculum, spanning core courses and over 100 electives, allows students to tailor their MBA experience to their career aspirations.
  • Experiential Learning: The school emphasizes real-world experience through programs like Venture Labs and the MBA+ Program. Students engage in hands-on projects and consulting opportunities, gaining practical skills and insights.
  • Career Development: With a strong track record in post-MBA employment, McCombs supports students’ career aspirations through a comprehensive Career Advancement system. Graduates find opportunities across diverse sectors, including consulting, technology, and financial services.
  • Global Exposure: International study programs, double-degree options, and global tours enrich the MBA experience, offering students a worldwide perspective on business.
  • Research Opportunities: McCombs’ 19 research centers foster an environment of innovation and critical thinking, spanning areas like leadership, ethics, risk management, and healthcare innovation.
  • Community and Diversity: The school’s culture is deeply rooted in collaboration and diversity, with a class profile reflecting a mix of backgrounds and experiences.

 

Admissions Process

  • Application Components: The application includes a cover letter, video assessment, and an optional peer interview. The cover letter is a critical component, allowing applicants to showcase their fit with McCombs and their career trajectory.
  • Video Assessment: This innovative component provides a dynamic way for candidates to express their personality and competencies like adaptability, empathy, and ambition.
  • Optional Peer Interview: This interview offers an additional platform for applicants to demonstrate their collaborative skills and motivation for pursuing an MBA.
  • Research and Preparation: Prospective students are encouraged to thoroughly research McCombs, understand its unique offerings, and engage with the community to strengthen their application.

 

Admission Tips

  • Highlight Personal and Professional Growth: In the application cover letter, focus on how your experiences have shaped your career path and leadership skills. Gurufi has extensive experience helping clients craft these letters. Let us help you!
  • Prepare for the Video Assessment: Reflect on pivotal experiences and practice delivering your story with clarity and authenticity.
  • Engage with the Community: Utilize the peer interview to showcase your collaborative nature and alignment with McCombs’ values.

McCombs Business School offers a comprehensive and dynamic MBA program, marked by its diverse curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and a personalized approach to career development. The admissions process is holistic, seeking candidates who are enterprising, tenacious, curious, and authentic. For applicants, thorough research, self-reflection, and engagement with the McCombs community are key to crafting a compelling application.

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top MBA programs. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

How Movies Can Inspire a Powerful MBA Personal Statement

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Use tips for movies on your MBA personal statement

Each year, Gurufi.com helps hundreds of applicants earn admission into their dream schools. We help clients earn admission into all kinds of MBA programs, including quant-heavy ones, more traditional kinds, or ones that focus on relatively newer disciplines like social impact. Our client reviews speak for themselves. Check us out today!

 

Crafting a compelling MBA personal statement can be a daunting task. It requires introspection, authenticity, and a narrative that captures your journey and aspirations. Interestingly, the world of cinema offers valuable lessons in storytelling that can be applied to writing an effective personal statement. Let’s explore how iconic movies like “Rocky,” “Avengers,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” and “Titanic” provide insights into crafting a narrative that resonates.

Embracing Imperfection: Lessons from “Rocky”

“Rocky” is a classic underdog story that has resonated with audiences for generations. The titular character, Rocky Balboa, isn’t a flawless winner; in fact, he loses his fight with Apollo Creed. Yet, what makes Rocky’s story compelling is his grit, determination, and personal growth. He embodies perseverance and heart, capturing the essence of a true fighter.

When writing your personal statement, remember that it’s not about portraying yourself as a perfect individual. Admissions committees appreciate authenticity and resilience. Share your struggles and how you’ve overcome them. Reflect on your journey, showing how challenges have shaped you into a better, more insightful person. This vulnerability and honesty can make your statement more powerful and relatable.

Building Stakes and Overcoming Challenges: Insights from “Avengers”

The “Avengers” movies excel in presenting formidable challenges and high stakes. The antagonist, Thanos, poses a catastrophic threat, elevating the tension and urgency of the heroes’ mission. This narrative technique can be effectively applied to your personal statement.

When discussing your professional and personal challenges, emphasize their magnitude and why overcoming them was crucial. Describe the context and the stakes involved. This approach helps to engage the reader, making them invested in your story and rooting for your success.

Celebrating Teamwork: Learning from “Lord of the Rings”

“Lord of the Rings” illustrates the power of collaboration.

The victory against Sauron wasn’t the triumph of a lone hero but a collective effort. This theme is vital in an MBA context, where teamwork and leadership are paramount.

In your statement, highlight experiences that demonstrate your ability to work within and lead teams. Discuss how you’ve contributed to group successes and what you’ve learned from others. Show that you value and thrive in collaborative environments, a key trait for future business leaders.

Personal and Professional Growth: The Dual Journey of “Star Wars”

In “Star Wars,” Luke Skywalker’s journey is not just about defeating the Empire; it’s also about his personal growth and self-discovery. This “hero’s two journeys” concept is crucial for your personal statement.

Reflect on how your experiences have contributed to your professional achievements and personal development. Admissions committees seek candidates who demonstrate growth and learning, not just a list of accomplishments. Your journey should showcase how you’ve evolved and what you’ve learned along the way.

Crafting a Thoughtful Conclusion: The Elegance of “Titanic”

The conclusion of “Titanic” skillfully brings together various narrative threads in a meaningful and memorable way. It’s not just about ending the story; it’s about leaving a lasting impression.

Your personal statement should conclude thoughtfully. Tie together the different elements of your story, reflecting on how your past experiences have prepared you for an MBA and your future career. A well-crafted conclusion leaves the reader with a clear understanding of your journey, your goals, and why you are a strong candidate for their program.

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Movies, with their rich narratives and character development, offer a treasure trove of storytelling techniques that can enhance your MBA personal statement. They teach us the value of authenticity, the importance of presenting challenges compellingly, the power of teamwork, the significance of personal growth, and the art of a well-crafted conclusion. By drawing inspiration from these cinematic lessons, you can create a personal statement that not only tells your story but also resonates deeply with admissions committees. Remember, your personal statement is your screenplay; make it as engaging and authentic as the movies that have inspired millions.

For more help with your personal statement, check us out at Gurufi.com. Our personal statement editors and consultants have decades of experience helping clients get into top Masters and Ph.D. programs in STEM, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Our specialty is helping you craft compelling personal statements that move the needle in your admissions process! For questions, shoot us an email at service@gurufi.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.