As admissions consultants, this is a fun time of year for a lot of reasons - mainly because people are getting into top programs left and right (and seemingly with more scholarship offers than ever before), but also because the current clients are laser focused on a small set of programs. For us, almost all the work right now is on HBS 2+2, Columbia's J-Term, and, of course, INSEAD. With it's January intake and looming May 28th deadline, INSEAD is the ultimate "spring school" when it comes to helping people prepare apps. It's also a fun school, a challenging set of essays, and an app that we believe must be crafted in just the right way, which explains why we have created a full "How to Apply" guide for INSEAD. It's also why we wanted to complement that guide by discussing an element that is so crucial for INSEAD: the idea of "readiness."