Before writing your essays, understand what MIT stands for. "Mens et Manus" (Mind and Hand) is MIT’s motto. The AdCom values a career path that involves learning, leadership and innovation. MIT is looking for candidates who can inspire and collaborate with others, create innovative solutions, lead teams and contribute in a community. The candidate should also have an innate sense of curiosity and analytical skill.
Essay 1: Please describe a time when you had to convince a person or a group of your idea. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
The MIT Sloan AdCom wants to learn how you think and act. A key skill when you work collaboratively in a team is your ability to get the buy-in for your idea. Even if you are leading a team, unless you sell your ideas, the execution will lack conviction, which will affect the quality of the outcome.
The first part of the question asks about a time when you had to convince a person or a group about your idea. The level of persuasion depends on the radical nature of your idea. If it is too radical, your team will be skeptical. If the idea is not creative, then show how you introduced data to convince the team. If the idea is creative with little data to support it, show how you could evoke positive emotion with your arguments and motivated them to work on your idea. Although MIT students are known for their analytical aptitude, think about a time when you sold a creative idea to the team. That shows the true nature of your leadership. Leading a team when the road to the outcome is not clear. Think Steve Jobs! To get some inspiration, download Stacy Blackman MIT MBA Essay Guide
Essay 2: Please describe a time when you overcame a personal setback. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
Understand the definition of setback: The circumstances or your actions that led to the delay in reaching a desired outcome. How you overcame the delay and persisted or changed the course with new ideas or evaluated your weaknesses and took necessary steps to solve the problem – all shows your leadership qualities and emotional intelligence.
Spend considerable space in this essay explaining your reaction to the setback and the solution that you adopted. Conclude the essays with the lessons learned. It shows maturity in handling setbacks.
Supplemental Information (Optional)
The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us and/or your future classmates to know about you. This may be in a written essay of 300 words or less (limit 2000 characters) or in a multimedia presentation. Presentations must be accessible via an unprotected URL and cannot be uploaded directly into your application. Videos should be no more than one minute long; please do not use Flash.
This is a great opportunity to show your unique personality. If you have talent in music, acting, speech writing or something unique, use this space to explain about the skill. If you have spent considerable time on extra-curricular, especially in your community, tell the committee about your involvement.
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