Who are you - Superman, Peter Parker, Rocky, or Frank Abagnale Jr.? What we learned reviewing hundreds of essays during Round 1 and Round 2 deadlines is that almost all applicants fall under four categories:
These applicants are confident about their skills and know how to demonstrate it. There is not even a single line in the essay where the applicant shows any self-doubt. It is all about the goals, how they got there, the process of overcoming the obstacles, and finally achieving objectives for the team.
Pros: There is no beating around the bush. The goals are clear; the thought process articulated in simple English, and the journey captured in such a way that the applicant’s abilities are revealed at the end of the essay.
Cons: The narrative borders on the narcissistic "I am the best" slogan, and some applicants think it is normal to take credit for the entire team. The majority of accepted applicants were careful, not to overdo the 'Superman' narrative. The credit for the team and supervisors were mixed in plenty in the essay to balance the teamwork qualities with individual achievements.
2) Peter Parker
The dorky version of a superhero, Peter Parker persona gives the hint that the applicant was not extraordinary. They were average with the GPA (2.8 to 3.4) and GMAT (650-700) but the professional achievements were extraordinary. We have not seen even a single case of this Persona where their extra-curricular was the reason for their admission.
Pros: The weaknesses are clear even before reading the Essays. What accepted applicants in this persona do brilliantly is breaking the typecast. Just when the reviewer was expecting street smarts, the applicant cites a problem that requires academic rigor to solve it. The essays demonstrate why Academic criterion is a flawed system to evaluate the candidate's ability to solve complex problems.
Cons: Candidates with this persona are captivating writers. They know how to play with the words, and get the attention of the reviewer. Reviewers who view 'attention-grabbing narrative' as a weakness will reject the applicant. Success in this category is highly dependent on the Essay Reviewer.
Unfortunately, the underdog story has become a clichéd narrative. Over the years, Applicants have overdone this persona and forced a spin on their story to meet the traits of ‘Rocky’ even if they do not fall under this category. A well-written essay captures the vulnerability of the applicant including personal and situational handicaps and sparks empathy in the reviewer.
Pros: The weaknesses are overwhelming and as a reviewer, we sub-consciously root for the candidate. The curiosity to know how the applicant achieved the goals will force the reviewer to read the essays completely - not a common occurrence when there are thousands of boring essays.
Cons: If the applicant uses 'ready to use' opening paragraphs, the fake 'Rocky' persona will be easy to spot.
4) Frank Abagnale Jr.
Although it is rare to see such persona captured in essays, a few brave applicants have shared how they are forced into making unethical decisions. The wrong turns are clear in the essays; the moral weakening apparent, and as a reviewer, I find the narrative the most interesting.
Pros: These essays give complete authenticity to the applicant.
Cons: Essays under this category gives an honest account of corporate corruption. But Admission team rarely take a chance on reformed professionals, and depending on the tone of the essay will interpret the candidate as brave or a coward.
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Winning MBA Essay Guide Includes
+Harvard MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay – Gratitude & Giving Back (319 Words)
Sample MBA Essay – Entrepreneurship (Influence of Childhood) (401 Words)
Sample Harvard MBA Essay - Volunteering (Mental Health Awareness) (774 Words)
+ Stanford MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Consulting)(399 words)
Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Tech Entrepreneur) (390 words)
Sample Booth MBA Essay #2: Leadership experience (Teach for America)(640 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay 2: New York for Marketing Professionals (244 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Marketing Lead) (242 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Technology) (248 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Pharma) (244 Words)
+ MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Personality Type (Accepted MIT Sloan Students)
Cover Letter Checklist
Sample Essay 3: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are
+ Haas MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Non-Profit
Sample MBA Essay: Technology
Sample MBA Essay: Marketing
Sample MBA Essay: Getting Fired
Sample MBA Essay: Diverse and Inclusive Culture
Sample MBA Essay: Leadership
Sample MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goal & How Pre-MBA Experience will help
+ Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Business Development (Mobile Start-Up)(486 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Investment Banking (IB)(404 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Consulting (442 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Technology (452 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Marketing (492 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Entrepreneurship (497 Words)
+ Ross MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Finance Professional who was a former member of a rock band (96 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Marketing Professional with a hidden talent to do Impression (100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Life Philosophy through the prism of an Entrepreneurial failure (94 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Consulting for a Pharma Giant (Made a Difference) (91 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Three-Level Sanitation Campaign (100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Water Conservation Kit (99 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Losing client (100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Misreading Market Conditions (93 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Strategic Planning vs. Tactical Dominance in Chess (97 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Out of my comfort zone(extra-curricular) (93 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Out of my comfort zone (Daily Science Show) (99 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Simplifying Operations for Manufacturing (extra-curricular) (90 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Leadership and Culture) (98 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Technology Project and Last-minute change) (98 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Making Business metrics relevant to a Creative team) (91 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Timidity)(98 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Laziness)(100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Pessimism) (96 Words)
Sample Essay – Short-term Goals and why the goal is the right choice for you (Technology to Marketing)(299 Words)
+ London Business School MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
London as the Financial Hub
London as the Technology Hub
London as the Consulting Hub
Sample LBS MBA Essay (A Career Switcher from Hospitality to Consulting) (499 Words)
Sample Short-term Goals Essay – Technology to Consulting (100 Words)
Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Consulting for Government (100 Words)
Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Plan B (89 Words)
Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things
Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (Max 2 Pages)
+ NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (498 Words) (Finance)
5 Examples with Images
7 Professional Gains
Sample Wharton MBA Essay 1: Gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (473 words)
Sample Wharton MBA Essay #2: Math Tutoring and Experimental music’s value (388 Words)
+ The Art of Storytelling
+ Leadership Narratives
+ Review Tips
+ Persuasion Strategies
+ The Secret to "unleashing" your unique voice
+ How to write about your Strengths
+ How to write about your Weaknesses