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What’s The Most Difficult Part of Applying to B-School?

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Applying to B-School

By Carlin Sack
BusinessBecause

Last month, we asked our b-school applicants, “What’s the most difficult part of applying to b-school?” Congrats to our top participants who received a copy of the GMAT Test Review. Study up, folks! We had some great responses from some very insightful MBA applicants. Here are a few of our favourite responses:

Finance
“The most difficult part in applying to business school is the lifeblood of business itself – finance. Lack of funds is the major factor that hinders getting into good b-schools.” – Sowmya Rajamani, India
“The MBA is a very big financial investment and can sometimes cost up to what may be enough to own your own house. Scholarships are very slim and you hardly get full scholarships. Student loans, if available, will take a lot of your income post-MBA.” – Anthony Onyeahialam, Nigeria

Timing
“I’m working fulltime as a consultant plus I’m dad to two boisterous boys, aged 3 and 5. Slotting in time to study for the GMAT exam has been a pain as I really have to squeeze in time at home for my boys…which means waking up in the wee hours of the morning to read up and revise.” – Nizam Mohd Reza, Malaysia

“I believe the most difficult part is to make a decision to go for a MBA now or later on, especially if you have a pretty good job going on. With the instability around, there is always a fear that you may end up even worse after spending a good amount of money and sweat.” – Saurabh Jindal, India

Application Process
“Writing the essays is in my opinion the most difficult part of the application process. It demands to reflect about you, to get to know yourself and to determine your own strengths and weaknesses. It means you have to look at yourself from the outside, how people look at you when your functioning in your everyday life both professionally as well as personally.” – Sharon Roels, Belgium

Mentality
“The most difficult part about applying to business school is making the case to yourself that the time, money and energy put into it will be of benefit and will propel you forwards into future business success.” – Cyrus Razavi, United Kingdom

“As soon as you start applying, people will tell you it can’t be done; you won’t get the scores, you won’t have the time, you don’t have the money. Nay-sayers left, right and centre will try to sway you with stories of how difficult the process is, and how much of a waste it’ll all be in the end.” – Ashley Coleman-Bock, Australia

“The indecisiveness of the applicant who does not really see on how could he benefit himself after completing the programme. Once his direction is clear, nothing will stop him from applying to the business school. As the saying goes, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way.’ In short, if someone really wants to go for the business school, he will do whatever is necessary to get himself in.”- Charlie Ng, Malaysia

Source: BusinessBecause.com

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