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In this example, we look at an engineer, who has worked in a transformative phase of the automotive industry and realized that the change in expectations of customers, who are exposed to Tesla’s software updates schedules and iterative improvements, would soon lead the incumbents out of business if they don’t redesign the supply chain.

In the current role as an Automobile Engineer, he has a wide-ranging experience in...


Q) Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and...


Duke Fuqua MBA Essay (Short-Answer)

Q1) Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you?

Q2) What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.

Scenario #1: Maximized the career progression

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Approach: Pre-MBA career transition influencing post-MBA Goals


The third common theme for the Ross MBA goals essay is the mini transition that the applicant already had undergone within the organization. An MBA becomes the official ‘sign of approval’ for the complete transition.
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Approach: Limitations of Pre-MBA Experience

For career enhancers, drafting the short-term career goal might be tricky. Finding the nuanced limitations of the current role requires explaining the inciting incident for the motivation. It could be a mentor’s suggestion, an observation on the lack of...


Q) Michigan Ross is a place where people from all backgrounds with different career goals can thrive. Please share your short-term career goal. Why is this career goal the right choice for you?  (300 words)


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Q) At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.  Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific examples (300...

Q) At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.  Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific examples (300...


Q) At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.

Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific...


In this example, we look at an aviation enthusiast, who quotes flying as the activity that makes her alive. By connecting the germ of her interest to a childhood experience, she quickly explains the motivation for flying.

She narrates her transition from someone who is obsessed with personal milestones to someone who wants...

In this example, we look at an applicant who was always drawn to design. His mother's clothing brand and father's book cover design, naturally build the curiosity in the profession. He took it a step further and helped governments and tech giants find the optimum results through design. The transition is towards a start-up he founded with a friend, tackling design in solar-panels and wind turbines.

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In this example, the applicant takes the admission team to his childhood when, as a 4-year old, he was responsible for looking after his twin sisters. The routine of pacifying her sisters and rationing the quesadilla became the early responsibility that led him to a path of Entrepreneurship.


The narrative transitions to his most...


In this example, after following a traditional software engineering route as an associate and senior associate and finally earning a quick promotion to earn the role of a team lead, the applicant is transitioning into Product Management as managing the product requires skills beyond programming and strong analytical skills.

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In this example, the applicant, responsible for building a team for the developmental project in X, is faced with a unique problem. The success of the project depends on an equal priority approach to fieldwork and fund-raising. Watching the team’s productivity drop after the initial high, the applicant makes a conscious decision to change the culture of the organization by re-visiting the recruitment policy.
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In the second example, we look at an applicant - a Venture Capital professional,  who was raised in a military family where the chain of commands, and “yes-no sir” were music to ears. The command over the room and body language play an equal role in the person’s family as the courage to sign up for combat. The exchange program to Kenya is the backdrop for this narrative. A quiet weekend with friends turns into one of the most...


In the first example, we look at an applicant who had a debilitating fear of pathogens. His mother tried to change his perspective through operational knowledge of germs, bacteria, and virus. The presentation made the case worse. Camping - a uniquely American experience is used as the backdrop in narrating how the applicant overcame his hypochondriac tendencies and learned to apply a new mantra when the day to day challenges are...


Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission, and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community.


The University of Virginia's Commitment to Diversity.Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive...


Applicants seldom are part of transformational times. The Early 2000 and post-2008 applicants experienced the uncertainty and shift in the attitude of the market. However, for the past two years, we have seen a definitive change in the attitude of our clients. It might be generational or perhaps an idealistic call to take part in a transforming world.

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Sometimes the cause could lead the applicants to a journey that was never anticipated.

Climate change, declining compliance with vaccination, the negative influence of social media on democracy, prescription drug addiction, air pollution, access to drinking water, the threat of war, and market forces that weaken government...


This is one of the most unusual questions we have seen in MBA Application. The first obvious question that comes to an applicant's mind - should I include a personal or a professional experience for this essay?

Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)...

In this example, we look at the fictitious profile of a Medical Doctor, who wants to be at the helm of real-change – Investment. A multi-faceted individual, who found impact in every engagement he participated as a Medical Doctor to Strategist, is finally seeking one of the most ambitious career transitions – to switch from someone serving the patients to leading investments in a value-based healthcare system.

The first...


In this example, we look at the fictitious profile of a Program Manager, who has five years serving in a US-based international aid organization that serves in resolving issues in global hunger, disease-control, extremism, and climate change. The impetus to change the career path from Government to Technology happened in 2017 while serving as the primary point of contact for a technology firm that was integrating technology in the...


In the second example, we describe the journey of a Management Consultant, who felt his soul leaving his body while performing for a 200-strong audience at Second city – the improvisational theatre group.

The next week, the performance and the training to listen before leading, found real-world application when the client was sharing a trend. Instead of interrupting, he listened and allowed the CEO to complete the...


INSEAD MBA Essay 3: Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (approximately 300 words) *

The prompt clearly mentions to include all types of extra-professional activities where you are involved for a...


INSEAD MBA Essay: Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned (approximately 400 words). *

In the second fictitious example, we take you through the journey of an international relations officer working for the South Korean...


In the second example, we take you through the journey of a creative, who from a young age found rearranging the spatial design a passion. The opening paragraph captures the incident as a 4-year old to demonstrate the origins of her interest. What seemed a weakness in language skills turned out to be a highly evolved skill in recognizing patterns and visualizing designs in empty spaces.

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Just like with achievements where you can quantify the impact in money saved, time saved, revenue earned, increase in responsibility, and brand reach, failures could also affect the five pillars.

After a failure, typically the management decreases the responsibility by assigning the candidate to low-stake projects. The...


In the sixth example, we consider the fictitious profile of an Electrical engineer who transitioned from a field engineer role for a US Oil refining giant to Growth & Market strategy for a Solar solutions start-up. Post-MBA, the applicant, wishes to transition into consulting and solve clean energy adoption at a strategic level for Fortune 500 companies.

Sample...


Now that you have an overview of the kind of candidates who are accepted at MIT Sloan (read our Essay Guide), it is time to do a life audit. We recommend this to all our clients. If you skip this exercise, the chances are that you will cite a ‘not so great’ event that will...


In the fifth example, we consider the fictitious profile of a women applicant, working as a Component Engineer for a mobile phone manufacturer in China, who despite contributing towards bringing down the cost of cutting-edge mobile phone technology by 35%, feels her true potential would be met by transitioning as a supply chain manager or working as a consultant in the retail industry.

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In the fourth example, we consider the fictitious profile of an applicant, working in Wealth Management, who after working four years with <x> - a leading Investment banking company, decides to solve the tougher problem of bringing financial inclusion into America’s underserved African-American and Hispanic communities.

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In the third example, we consider the fictitious profile of an applicant, working in Management Consulting, who has 3 years’ working in strategy for a retail giant and an Education start-up in releasing a Math Educational platform across charter schools in the United States. A one-year stint for the Bill and Melinda Foundation in improving the efficiency of delivering healthcare services motivated her to find the intersection of...

In the third example, we evaluate the shortcut that nearly cost the technology company its 60,000 power users. The candidate – a consultant, working in Digital solutions is called to evaluate the increasing churn of a software giant’s cloud-based service. The suite of services that include office, productivity, and social products saw a 15% drop in customers, within two quarters, ringing alarm bells in the stock market. An internal...

In the second example, we look at a candidate, who is given the leadership role in a mid-sized company. The role as a Purchasing Manager for a cosmetic company equipped the candidate to manage the hundreds of ingredients, their pricing, transportation, R&D results, and evaluating the performance in the market. Since the role requires interacting with department heads, suppliers, and the R&D team, the candidate soon was...


In the first example, we share the journey of an applicant, who couldn’t afford to recruit urban talents due to the high cost. To disrupt the traditional model of recruitment, the candidate takes on a long-term solution – train the undereducated community in villages on communication, technology, marketing, and business development. Through a 20-year plan, the candidate has started the journey of revolutionizing the job market by...

In the third example, we use the fictitious profile of a Business Development Manager, who is entrusted to lead a team, who have become obsessed over maximizing their contribution to their company.

Changing a Toxic data-driven Culture


Although initially, the success metrics defined by the Founders showed results, later they became a cause of worry for the new...


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...

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...


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...


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...


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...


Some motivations to switching from one job function to another could happen in the midst of a high-stakes project.

For this Sample Essay, we use a profile of a Private Equity Analyst who found her interest in operations while wandering into a Coffee shop.

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In this example, the applicant was stuck at Heathrow Airport waiting for a transit flight. To kill time, she began browsing through the...


The fictitious technology applicant from Zimbabwe takes us to the desperation of a country where cash is everything. The hyperinflation that decimated the lives of Zimbabweans is the backstory when the applicant was seeking fund for gaining admission to MIT.

The moment of hopelessness is a moment of reflection for the applicant on the value he holds most dear – freedom.

Following the lengthy negotiation with...


The fictitious applicant working in FinTech starts with a narrative on his childhood at the heartland of India in a remote village where the culture embraced tradition and looked down on risk-taking. Amidst the hostile attitude towards businessperson, his father established a thriving trading business. The constant interaction with customers from the port cities brought in the value of exploring, learning, and optimizing.
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Wharton MBA Essay 2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

The first line of the question is a hint on what you should highlight in Essay 2.
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The professional gains essay is a reverse advertisement of the Wharton MBA curriculum, learning environment, and networking opportunities. As we had mentioned in other school essay tips, plain vanilla description of the program has low recall when the admission team is reading over 6000 application. To stand out, you must understand what Wharton values.

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Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

Based on the 9 leadership qualities we have highlighted, you can find the one person who had the most impact in your life, someone who has inspired you or changed the trajectory of your life.

If you are mentioning a public...


The second Sample Essay is of a fictitious profile – a Valuation Analyst working in the Healthcare industry.

The applicant strategically mentions Family Business (Restaurant) to highlight his work ethics and offers the background story of how his interest veered away from valuation to consulting.

Strategy: Starting the story with the restaurant business and declining an offer to work on the family...


Columbia MBA Essay 2: Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)

The approach that we are suggesting is based on profiles of clients who received admission to the Columbia MBA program. The most obvious way to answer the essay is to write 3-4 unique selling points of the program and say that you would be a good fit based on your post-MBA job...


The question has remained the same for the past four years – an indication that the admission team has been able to gauge the mind of the applicant through the short but necessary question for your MBA Application. The idea is to create a mission statement for your career.

Short Answer...


Columbia MBA Essay #3: Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

My father’s hero status was shaky, when at the age of 13, I saw him struggle with the power tools. Suddenly, my old man had flaws. He was no longer the ‘superhero’ who sacrificed his comforts for I and my brothers. Perhaps your image of a Leader has similar...

 “What, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?”

The long-term post-MBA goal is phrased interestingly. See how the admission team has used the word ‘imagination’. They would like to see what you have anticipated for your future.
 “What, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?”

The long-term post-MBA goal is phrased interestingly...


The first example is from a Technologist who looks at problems uniquely. This ability to see details others are missing led him to roles that require considerable planning.

Leadership became a natural extension of this skill.

For the in-class and out-of-class learning experience, the applicant’s curiosity and leadership are captured as the foundation on which all his accomplishments began.

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The first paragraph captures the trend in the hospitality industry that has kept them behind by over two decades. The candidate then describes the numerous strategies the team has adopted to improve the value offered to the guests, from monitoring the spending pattern to notifying the various department on the guest presence, in such a way that the responsibility is clearly defined.
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In the first example, we look at the career profile of a Technologist who had worked closely with Investment Banks (IB) while implementing a FinTech solution.

The narrative starts with the background, then quickly contrasts the regulatory mechanism between banks and platforms. Then, the candidate shares his concerns on how...

In this example, we look at the life story of a Technologist, who has found recognition as a leader and as a professional by exercising his superior listening skills. The pattern of listening to peer’s problems began at school and then in college through the candidate’s leadership role. The habit of finding the problem not obvious to the general crowd became an advantage when he found the ‘real reasons’ for the client’s...

In this example, the applicant shares how his passion for math sparked an interest in Finance and a career with Goldman Sachs. Although aware of the career path – short-term and long-term with the current role, the applicant cites a transformation that is happening in the industry as a major motivator to upgrade his skills.

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Prompt 2: I am out of my comfort zone when

Before you articulate how you came out of the comfort zone, understand what the term means. If you are working on a project where the tasks have become routine, with low to no pressure and there are few incentives to take the risk, then you are in your comfort zone.

Two traits define comfort zone: anxiety and skills.
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Prompt 1: I was humbled when

When the phrase starts with “I was humbled when” most applicants will skip it. They don’t have the emotional intelligence to look at the essay objectively. The essay is a rephrased, “when was the last time you failed.”

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Ross values volunteering and extra-curricular activities. If you have more than two active volunteering experience, use this question for highlighting both or offering context on the challenges, setbacks, and change that you brought about with one active volunteering.

The applicant in the example addresses the complexity of sanitation and enabling behavioral changes. With the emphasis on infrastructure, funding, and...


Prompt 2: I made a difference when I

The admission team wants to know the triggers that encourage you to make a difference. Is it intrinsic (responsibilities & challenges) or extrinsic motivation (compensation & titles)?

Another personality trait they want to measure is your ability to take initiatives.

Are you aware of your role in a team?

Do you value excellence?...


The circumstances of your childhood, the influences of your role models, the setbacks, and the successes help you develop a life philosophy that is shareable with the admission team. Instead of sharing an outlook that has been written or shared to death – “Persistence,” “Hard work,” or “Global outlook,” choose an event that reaffirmed a unique value in you.

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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...

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 first example on leadership experiences that influenced the choices in your life, we share the journey of a Technologist with an inspiring father – a restaurant owner, who immigrated from an Asian country. The work ethics,...


In the second example, we study the career of a Business Development/Marketing lead of a non-profit who had an impressive international experience – worked in 5 international cities. The transition from an intern to taking care of the organization’s entire Business development in five years is impressive in itself. However, the motivation for an MBA arose from a failure.

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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)

For the first example, we consider the fictitious profile of a Reservoir Engineer who wants to transition into a Consulting role. With Booth's extensive concentrations, Labs and Global Experiential learning...

In the second example, we look at an applicant who has worked in a non-profit for 5 years as their Business Development/Fund-Raising Manager. Even though she had a positive impact on the lives of women and children migrating from oppressive regimes, an encounter with a Kellogg MBA Alumnus and a Technology Entrepreneur opened up ideas to upgrade her skills.

Kellogg...


In the first example, we share the journey of an applicant, who has a natural inclination to find bigger opportunities. Starting as a Technologist, his keen sense of observation and listening skills, helped him earn $5mn for the company. The transition from a Technologists to a Consultant encouraged the applicant to consider Management Consulting. Kellogg MBA becomes the obvious bridge. The first half of the essay narrates the events...


In the second example, we use the fictitious profile of a Technology consultant, who is from an Entrepreneurial environment and finds the bureaucratic culture limiting for innovation and productivity. Finding the root cause of the cultural problem is narrated with the perspective of the company and its history of serving faceless enterprises. The actions the applicants took to change the attitude of the team towards risk and...


In this example, we use the fictitious profile of a Marketing lead, who has to work with an inexperienced team and nearly lost the client after the team presented a cliched idea. The unexpected exit of the senior most marketer from the team adds to the pressure. The narrative focuses on the leadership of the applicant and how he motivated the team to rise above the limitations. The inspiration for the campaign is narrated with an...

Applicants with monetary goals are easy to spot. Their narration about professional growth is focused exclusively on hierarchical growth within the organization or the performance bonuses they earned. It is never about the experience of helping a colleague, pushing oneself, or learning about one’s true strengths.

Kellogg MBA Essay 2 Tips: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for...



kellogg essay adviceKellogg School of Management has two essays for all Full-time MBA applicants. One essay measures the applicant’s leadership & teamwork skills while the second measures the ability for career progression...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


For Start-up Entrepreneurs, commitment is synonymous with their survival. Unlike job functions, grit is a quality that differentiates would be Entrepreneurs from the ‘successful’ ones. Anecdotal evidence is...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

For the first profile example, we will use the story of a Product Development Manager who is assigned the role to build partnerships with retailers and develop an offline strategy to compete with Korea’s leading phone manufacturer that had a monopoly over the...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

For technologists, the commitment to quality and a willingness to learn the latest developments in technology is necessary to stay competitive and offer the best solution for clients. When industries are evolving at a breakneck pace, Employers value candidates who can learn on the...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


With changing demographics, marketers who have succeeded changed with the new consumption pattern of the customers – both digital and physical. When in-store marketing and copy influences the ad-hoc...


Essay prompt: Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)


Post-2008, Investment Bankers, have been looked down as a Pariah. But not many know the time commitment required for an associate or an Analyst role. If you had a chance to work in IB as an associate, you...


In this MIT Sloan Sample Cover Letter, we consider the profile of an applicant who has 3+ years’ of experience in a management consulting company. Working with clients in the Healthcare industry has exposed the applicant of the inefficiencies in data management and the impact it has on patient care.

Profile Example #2: Consulting to Healthcare Entrepreneurship (with MIT Sloan MBA)...


Q1) Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation)....


How to Answer Essay #5: "What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?" (150 words)

For Essay questions on post-MBA goals, the first action item is to analyze the school’s curriculum.

Darden MBA Curriculum – Summary

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How to Answer Essay #4: "Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact." (200 words)

None of the essay questions for Darden MBA are by chance.


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How to Answer Darden MBA Essay #3: "Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example." (200 words)

Leadership styles are not stagnant. They evolve and change according to the responsibilities, deadlines, experience, and size of the team.

Sharing this...


How to Answer Darden MBA Essay #2: "Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why?" (50 words)

There are no preferences for shortlisting the location. However, understanding the goal of each Global Immersion courses will help you pick and choose a location that would widen...

How to Answer Darden MBA Essay #1: "Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you - personal, professional or both." (100 words)

1. Write about a life-threatening event and some interesting insights that experience gave you

For...

Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words)

When 16% of the latest graduating MBA class is planning to start a new Business, but more affirmatively, not actively searching for a job where the compensation is as high as $300,000, you have to realize that it is not just the idea that is driving this group towards Entrepreneurship.
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Essay B: Why Stanford?

Why Stanford Essay Section 1: You have to explain the tradeoff in the number of years to gain leadership experience vs. the 2-year MBA, and preferably quote the example of one of the Alumni, who made the transition, with the Stanford MBA program.

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Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words) (Career Switchers Sample Essay)

Joining Stanford MBA program does not immediately guarantee smooth sailing for career switchers. In fact, Employers expect much more from Stanford MBA candidates even if they don’t have any pre-MBA experience in the new industry. Admission team wants to understand whether you are up for the challenge.

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Wharton MBA Essay 2 Example: Software Engineer with 4+ years of Experience and Tutoring/Music as extra-curricular

Wharton MBA Essay #2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

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The applicant wants to transition from Technology Consulting to FinTech & Strategic Management

Wharton MBA Essay #1 Strategy: Most essay narrative directly lists the expected professional gain. All of them sound like a reverse advertisement of Wharton MBA. What the admission team needs is the context for the professional gain. Without citing an interesting project you worked, or the motivation for Wharton MBA,...


Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Columbia MBA Essay 1 Tips: The Essay is a rephrased short-term and long-term goal essay. Unlike last year, the admission team has reduced the...


The Sample Essay is of a fictitious profile - a Marketing lead working for an e-commerce start-up that tried to disrupt Amazon's model of low-cost delivery.


The failure is the team’s inability to stick to the DNA that made them unique. Eventually, the volume pressure caught up with the management, and the quality of the products...


The sample essay we have used is for a fictitious profile – a Sales/Marketing applicant working in Enterprise Servers. Instead of sharing the clichéd narrative arc of how he hit a roadblock with the current job, the applicant cleverly includes a non-profit initiative and the interaction with a donor that revealed his limited exposure in marketing to consumers.

The awareness of...


Columbia MBA Essay #3: Please provide an example...


Harvard MBA accepts the typical, the outstanding and the unusual. Applicants worrying that they are aiming too high, don't put 100% while crafting the essay.

You don't have to search for the incredible quality to be considered worthy of Harvard MBA.


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Open-ended questions are tough. But Harvard MBA team has hinted that given all the information they have (resume and recommendation letters), what additional information would give you like to share. The essay is a personal reflection question. The resume has captured your achievements, and the recommendation letters provides a perspective from your supervisor/client or CEO.

What you need now is a personal journey that...


With the case study method, the students are in the shoes of the protagonists, but the FIELD project offers students the opportunity to be the protagonists.

Harvard believes in the cycle of thinking, doing, and reflecting.

The FIELD courses 1 to 3 does just that.

Thinking about Businesses is not the same as getting your hands dirty with the implementation.

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LBS MBA Essay TipsLondon Business School has published the MBA Application Essays for the Class of 2020. This year, there are two essay questions with 500 and 300-word limits. The essays cover post-MBA plans; specific area of LBS MBA program that interest the candidates; the value...


SDA Bocconi MBA Essay 2013SDA Bocconi School of Management application has 13 essay questions, excluding the Financial Independence question, which asks the applicants to describe how they are going to support themselves.

Let us look at the 13 Essay Questions and see some...


The first long-form essay requires applicants to write 25 Random things about themselves.

Tip #1: Length of each item


When you are writing random things about yourself, follow the list form with sentences varying in 10 to 20 words. Even though the admission team encourages using only a few words if the reveal is self-explanatory, we would recommend, a format like:

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Darden is among the few top MBA programs apart from Harvard, INSEAD, Ivey, and IESE to persist with the Case study method as the primary mode of teaching. The MBA Admission team tried using indirect methods of evaluating the candidate’s fit for such a learning environment where active classroom discussion is valued. But the team has taken a step in the right direction this year by directly asking a question that will give hints on...




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