Dear Dr. Archer,
I have completed my undergraduate studies and applied to an MBA program, but I scored a 44.9 percent! Please, someone must help me! No one is ready to give me admission, and I feel like committing suicide because of my low percentage score on my tests. My life is doomed!
I would do anything, absolutely anything, to get admitted into the MBA program at a good institution, even if I had to die. I'll be a failure if I don't get accepted -- Oh, the shame!!! Please, please. Somebody help me, please, please, please.
Please save me. Suicide is all I think about. I think of ways to commit suicide, like consuming poison; I have it with me now. I also think about hanging myself. I wasn't able to focus on my studies, and now I don't know what to do.
Suicide is NOT the answer. Go talk with a university counselor NOW and tell him how you are feeling. You must see a professional immediately. You are depressed and it may have nothing to do with the exam. You could have a chemical imbalance depression and need treatment, let an expert decide this.
Also, Srinivasan, consider a different university which will accept lower scores or a different graduate program rather than an MBA. Stop thinking that there is only one answer. There are always many.
There may be plenty of hype around elite colleges, so you think the others are inferior, but that's just not true. Many students find standardized tests extremely difficult, and perform poorly. Once accepted by a university, they perform well, graduate and secure good jobs.
There are even colleges that accept students without any exams, as they realize these tests are not necessarily a true measure of a student's accomplishments.
Please, put the drama behind you and think in a constructive, beneficial manner. Be composed and speak with a counselor. There are many options here, you just have tunnel vision right now and can’t see them. Good luck.