MBA Angst: Coping With Dings & Waits

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There’s nothing worse than not knowing. These days, many MBA applicants are still waiting, wondering what’s happening behind the admissions curtain. Drained and powerless – and facing only silence – some look for signs (and the meaning behind them). But most are turning to their peers to gather intelligence and find support. And you won’t find a better forum for that than Clear Admit’s MBA Livewire community,

Here, prospective students run the gamut of emotions. They rant, speculate, and console as they await the decision that, one way or another, will help them get on with their lives. Often, they use humor to bond.


Some tweak the lyrics of their favorite songs to express their longing – or defiance. “I’ve had my dings… Time after time,” pens one applicant channeling Queen’s Freddie Mercury. “I’ve done my sentence… But committed no crime… And application mistakes… I’ve made a few… I’ve my share of dings kicked in my face, but I’ve pulled through!! (and I need to go on, and on, and on, and on).”

Others graphically depict the depths of their cynicism. “I heard they printed off all of our written applications, laughed at every one of them, then threw them into a giant bonfire,” snarls one disillusioned student. “So savage!!”

Of course, you’ll find a brave few who drolly come to terms with the futility of their situations. “I swear to God if I don’t hear from Haas this week……….. I’m gonna come back and check again next week,” cracks one applicant. And another simply found comfort in having his hopes dashed. “Finally got the ding! Feels like a burden has been lifted.”

Recently, Poets&Quants collected the funniest musings on Livewire. From tweedy dissections of Stanford’s favorite food question to a deranged outburst over receiving a rejection on International Women’s Day, here are some posts that’ll make you wonder just who your future classmates may really be.

Comical Lyrics Express Skepticism…and Hope

Hello from the outside. At least I can say that I’ve tried. But GSB, it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore.

But I keep cruising, Can’t stop, won’t stop moving. It’s like I got this music. In my mind, Saying, “It’s me, GSB, it’s gonna be alright.” ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

Wherever you go, whatever you do I will be right here waiting for you. Whatever it takes or how my heart breaks, I will be right here waiting for you.

Every step I take, every move I make Every single day, every time I pray I’ll be missing you Thinkin of the day, when you went away What a life to take, what a bond to break I’ll be missing you Ding, ding, ding…

Ever since I left the city you got a reputation for yourself now. Everybody knows and I feel left out. GSB you got me down, you got me stressed out.

Hello! Is it me you’re looking for? I can see it in your eyes. I can see it in your smile. You’re all I’ve ever wanted And my arms are open wide.

Hey Rod, don’t make it bad – Take a sad song and make it better – Remember we’re dying here in this wait, but with one quick update, then you’ll make it better – Better better better better better, WHA – Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Rod

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time ‘Til a “News from MIT Sloan” email brings me ’round to find – I’m not the man they think I am – Oh, no, no, no – I’m a rocket man – Rocket maaaaan – Burnin’ out his fuse up here alone

Gallows Humor Softens The Ding

Note: Application status still listed as “Application under review”. No interview invite yet… Anyone else in the same boat?

NYC4: Same boat, and everyday the ship is taking on more and more water

China and India, the most doomed countries for MBA application hahaha

Losers, we have finished sending out interview invites and are waiting to press the button to make here a sea of red. Thank you for your interest in MIT Sloan School of Management.

What you going to B-school for anyway (asking respectfully btw)? They’re just gonna take your money and tell you sh*t you already know and have already done. I guess network but still…

Note: It’s so damn funny that these LGBTs get into every program so easily! Looks like there is no place for straight people anymore!

Anonymous: LGBT with 770 GMAT and 3.9 GPA here and rejected from GSB and Wharton w/o interview. I really don’t think it helps much, so relax. Not being white/indian/asian male helps significantly more.

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