MustaphaMond wrote:Hi Spivey,
I had a question regarding your recent blog post. You say that: "Those who stay in touch with their top schools but in a patient, professional way will reap the benefits of these waves of admits."
I think the instructions there are clear -- maintain contact (in a professional manner) w the school -- but I'm somewhat surprised because that seems to be different from other advice I've received. I'm concerned with HLS, specifically. They seem to indicate that there's not much use in reaching out to them -- am I misreading this? Or is this advice, perhaps, true of schools generally but less so of HLS?
If so, what method of contact would you consider most effective? Would it be best to send a brief email, simply confirming interest and willingness to accept an offer? Or would it be more advisable to send something more lengthy/substantial?
Thank you very much for your help.
it is different from school to school. At the very very top you generally get once shot at it, about a one page LOCI. Most schools, however, would like to hear from you from time to time to make sure you are a yield candidate.
Also, consider this. Let's say a school has 1000 people on the WL. It is July 1 and they are thinking about taking a small number, say 10. let us say you time is right and email them July 1 in a very simple, professional way. Do you think it is more likely they will read your file and a few others, or all 1000? This, for most schools, is a boon when you time it right.