I saw the Harvard MBA Admissions Director asking applicants to be genuine and the INSEAD MBA Managing Director recommending not to polish the Essay too much; hints that the edited version of the essays tends to be devoid of any personality or genuineness.

As you might have experienced by now, switching styles is not easy in MBA Application Essays. We tend to overdo the blog part with self-references, slangs, or try our hand at humor. Essays have no place for any. But with recent edits in our review service, one part that has helped my clients is the Art of Pillaring. I have included a chapter on it in Winning MBA Essay Guide. The idea is to break the expected series of events. Do parallel storytelling or jumble the sequence to such a degree that you find the perfect balance in narrative and a standard essay.

Your passion for a goal or activity might have already come out with an extracurricular or your short-term goal, but if you have not covered them, this is the space for you to show that you are complete person. Bring your unique hobby to the picture. We had an applicant with a passion for music - not as a musician but as an organizer. It was so unique and apparent in his Instagram feed that any one from the admission team would recognize that he did not create the narrative for the essay.

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