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Essay 1# How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)

In the fourth example, we look at the fictitious profile of a Technologist. His passion for technology began in the early 2000s when social media was non-existent. Passionate to study over 17000 species of butterflies and build a community around the hobby, he sought assistance from the father, who taught him web programming. The applicant experienced the first success in scaling. However, his attempts to convert innovative ideas to scalable product is met with repeated failure. To study the process and develop a deep understanding of commercializing the technology, the applicant joins Google.


With the newly acquired agile development skills and processes that facilitate the conversion of ideas to marketable products, the applicant was eager to apply his Agile Development skills when a friend introduces him to an algorithm that is the precursor to the machine learning algorithm that we know today. As a passionate conservationist, the applicant focuses on the complex problem of saving the rapidly declining Marine Life. With the tools and the acquisition of two vital datasets, the technologist, develops a product that becomes the basis for his start-up.

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In the third example, we look at the fictitious profile of a Financial Consultant who shares the origins of her unique blend of talent for accounting and creativity. The narrative quickly translates to how she became part of a non-profit that brokered deals for the underprivileged workers in emerging economies. The marketing and business development role gave her a glimpse into the challenges of someone living in the absence of basic amenities. The day job evaluating the strategies to maximize revenue from millionaire customers in luxury hotels helped her switch between two extreme contexts.

The engagement with the non-profit is cited as the experience for reigniting her unique passion for collecting fashion accessories from the 1960s to 90s. Her intent to pursue Entrepreneurship with the help of Chicago Booth is mentioned as the short-term goal. In the long-term, the applicant plans to create a fund to encourage Women Entrepreneurs and guide them through one on one coaching.

Sample Booth MBA Immediate and Long-Term Goals Essay: Accounting to Entrepreneurship (495 Words)

My father’s obsession over using accounting to predict future trends and mother’s unbridled imagination as a futuristic-themed novelist brought interesting conversations to the Dinner table....


Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

In the fourth example on leadership experiences that influenced the choices in your life, we share the journey of a Corporate Finance candidate, who witnessed how peer to peer lending App, M-PESA, took 2% of the Kenyan population out of poverty and led the Entrepreneurial boom in sub-Saharan Africa.
 
As the beneficiary of the start-up boom, the timeline for the essays starts when Safaricom, the parent company of M-PESA was dominating the market. His recruitment was to ward off the competitor <x> through strategic allocation of funds to maximize the on-the-ground competitive advantages and improve the efficiency of the operation.

The motivations to switch from a billion-dollar enterprise to a scrappy start-up is the core of the Leadership experience essay.

The contrast in challenges between an established company and a company desperately seeking attention from the customers is captured to demonstrate the diversity of experience he had acquired in both the environment. The unique vision of the start-up is intermingled into the applicant's vision and drive to see a better 'Kenya.'

Sample Essay #4: Leadership...


Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

In the third example on leadership experiences that influenced the choices in your life, we share the journey of a primary care physician who was shaken by a personal tragedy in rural Iowa. The event is narrated as a wake-up call to stop sitting on the sideline and start creating solutions for the Opioid crisis that is engulfing rural America.

The leadership traits are captured in the context of starting the non-profit. The applicant demonstrates her skills in breaking down a crisis to multiple problems with unique approaches to tackle each problem, starting with her networking skills in pursuing a venture capitalist from her alma mater, approaching a medical school to accentuate their successful rural relocation program for physicians and finally leaving open the last piece of the puzzle, which could only be solved with the support of Chicago Booth.

Sample Essay #3: Leadership experience that influenced the choices of your life (496 Words)

A big part of my memory as a child was the summers of rural Iowa where I tagged along with my Uncle in his tractor to explore the ten-thousand-acre...


Essay 2# Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250-word minimum)?

1) Start with the Family

We underestimate the role our parents, elder sibling(s) or the father figure played in the development of our leadership skills, attitude, and the choices we made in our life.


Even growing up in a certain culture, financial status, economy, family, or neighborhood would stretch your leadership skills in unexpected ways.

If it was a tough neighborhood where safety was a concern, attention to cues of threat might later develop into attention to details in your professional environment.


If it were an immigrant family, you would never take the opportunities for granted. The tales of parents’ struggles although act as fodder for ridicule inside the family, they later develop into an unmatched work ethic.

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Round       Submission Deadline     Decision Notification Date
 
Round 1    Sep 27, 2018                December 06, 2018
Round 2    January 3, 2019            March 21, 2019
Round 3    April 04, 2019               May 16, 2019


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Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

The second example is a narrative that demonstrates how Science became the foundation for the applicant’s economic promotion from low to middle-income family. The growth inspires the applicant to join Teach for America and take up the role of an 8th grade Science/Math teacher. The challenges of teaching complex concepts to children whose family is in disarray add another dimension to the daily struggles of a school teacher.


Each challenge, the solution, and the life lesson are summarized as a leadership lesson. As the concluding paragraph, the applicant also provides context on why she moved from Teaching to Consulting. Booth MBA is mentioned as a natural progression in her search for leadership IMPACT.


Sample Chicago Booth MBA Essay: How leadership experiences influenced the choices in your life (640 Words)

As an African American, my parents were the first family members to graduate from college. The impact of education was direct. When I was four, we moved from the projects to a middle-income neighborhood....




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