The application deadline has been fast approaching and the pressure is on. It's fine, you've dealt with high-pressure situations before. Hell, you practically live for this. You eat pressure for breakfast and shit out greatness.
For the past couple months, you have lived and breathed business school applications. After months of researching MBA programs, attending open houses and sitting in on classes, filling out applications, networking with current students and alumni, composing admissions essays, communicating with recommenders, studying like crazy for the, and balancing all of that with your responsibilities at work (you've got to keep up appearances because, let's face it, you haven't told them you're leaving yet), you have finally finished your business school applications.
You've quadruple-checked everything, and are completely confident with the product you're putting out there. Now all that's left to do is press that magic little button labeled "SUBMIT". And you do. And there it is, the first sigh of relief you've breathed in five months.
You are rewarded for your hard work and diligence with the following message.
"Congratulations! You've submitted your application. We will release our final admissions decisions in two and a half months."
WTF?! Two and a half months!?
To just sit around and wait? In our high-octane, on-demand, instantly gratified society, two and a half months may as well be an eternity. And after running on overdrive for so long, turning it down and a notch and "waiting" could very well drive a sane person bonkers. Fear not. Here are some surefire ways to make it to the decision release date without completely losing your shit.
And if all else fails, you could probably just keep refreshing that email inbox, hoping for any good word. I mean hey, you've waited this long, right?