Suggestions for a Waitlist Update
The above is an excerpt from The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on an MBA Waitlist. If you are waitlisted at medical school or law school, you can find the advice you need The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Medical School Waitlist or The Nine Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on a Law School Waitlist.
- Steps you have taken to ameliorate weaknesses.
- Discuss recent achievements. Did you have a 4.0 during the last quarter? Have you led a project or organization? Volunteered? Have you taken your department, business, or club in a new direction? Have you had an article published? Earned a patent? Launched a business? Received a promotion or assumed additional responsibility? Succeeded in a particularly demanding class or project? You should bring out any recent accomplishments not discussed in your application and ideally tie them back to some of the themes or experiences you raised in your essay(s).
Your waitlist updates and letters of support from others should focus on three areas:
Keep the letter short and sweet — two pages max. Don’t succumb to the temptation to rewrite or even summarize your life history or essay(s). Stay focused on what you have accomplished since applying.
- Briefly thank the school for continuing to consider your application and mention how the school’s philosophy and approach fit your educational preferences and goals. Don’t dwell on your disappointment at not being accepted.
- If you are certain you would attend this school, make it clear that this is your first choice and that you will attend if accepted.
The first two areas demonstrate that you are an even better applicant today than you were when you applied. The third reveals that you belong at that school like a hand fits in a snug glove on a cold winter day, and that you will attend if, or should I say when, accepted.