But be careful: Show off business creativity and avoid ideas that are better suited for a personal friend, spouse, or partner. For example, one candidate sent flowers on Valentines' Day with a message that read, "You are the b-school for me; we were made for each other; I will never let you down." That applicant was denied.
7. Practice your skills in patience and professionalism: If ever you help admissions evaluators get a sense of you for better or worse, it is when you have been placed on the waiting list. There are several reasons for creating such a list, and it's not to deliberately frustrate you. If you come across as being offended, inconvenienced, angry, or resentful, you are almost certainly determining the outcome of your application: You will be denied. However, if you maintain a positive and confident outlook, you will help yourself greatly.
Dr. Don Martin, Ph.D., is a higher education admissions expert, author, and former admissions dean at Columbia University, Northwestern University, Wheaton College, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. To learn more about graduate admissions, visit gradschoolroadmap.com.