The year was 2007. I was working for a start-up in Bangalore. On its 11th year of existence, the company moved from a crummy apartment to a new building in an upscale locality. The 80+ employee, many of whom I saw for the first time, had gathered for the big occasion. After the opening prayers, we had a chance to meet the old guards and network with them.
From the small gathering, I saw a man, pudgy, short and in his late 50s, walk towards me. He asked, "Haven't seen you. New Recruit?". I gave an elaborate introduction and shared how my travel responsibilities limit meeting up with my team in the office".
"Hi, I am Rakesh. I don't visit the office that often. That is why we have never been introduced."
I smiled and didn't have much to add. "Maybe an ex-employee," I thought.
A friend of mine, nudged and shared "You know who that is? It's Rakesh Sharma - the first Indian to go to Space." He expected me to fangirl out, and I did, although I didn't scream at him.
I was starstruck, to say the least, and found new excuses to hang around him, and absorb everything he was saying. He is among the 549 people from a population of 7.4 billion to have reached space, and among the first from 1.2 billion Indians to do so.
Now everything he said was Gold. My analytical mind was taking a hike. My emotional mind has taken over. The validity of the information didn't matter.
Most opening lines that we get in our Essay Review Service fall into the four categories:
1) What you always knew/loved
2) Take the narrative to a year
3) Start from a third person's experience or
4) Start with a philosophy or value
"I was always fascinated by consulting."
"The year was 2013."
"My Father had just bought his new.."
"Life is not what you get but what you give."
Many applicants procrastinate till they get the perfect opening.
Forget the opening, start writing.
You have to understand one blind spot most reviewers have. They become a fan of the applicant when it is 'truly' unique. I am not talking about Academic achievements - GMAT 750+ or GPA 3.8, but achievements that had the most impact on humanity or community (no matter how small it is) or your country.
When I suggest creating an IMPACT list in our consulting and review services, clients feel intimidated.
What you have achieved in your project had far further implications. You just have to sit, reflect and brainstorm.
What is your 1 in a Billion Space Moment?
Maybe it is a 1 in a Million moment. It doesn't matter.
Let us find out.
For your Success,
"He invested so much time going through my company, my sector, and my undergraduate institute, finding every small thing that could be leveraged in the essays. Despite deadline looming, he insisted on making an impact list that had all the events related to my life and finding an innovative way to weigh them. Once we selected the achievement that was most impactful, he asked me every possible detail about the project, even asking me to make a small presentation that would explain my project in the simplest way possible. This process, though exhausting, was important, as along the way we were able to discover the business impact of an engineering project." - Accepted to the 2016 MIT Entering Class - Round 1 Deadline
Posted On: 30th August 2016
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Only 1 in 900 gains admission to Harvard MBA program. If you write your essay focused only on your achievements, post-MBA goals, and your pre-MBA experience, you will be among the 899 rejected applicants.
ATTENTION is the secret ingredient. How will you get the attention of the essay reviewer?
You know why parables shared 1000 years ago are still shared among us?
Yes, the art of storytelling has won presidency for Obama, transformed Apple from an unknown start-up to a brand synonymous with Quality, and gained admission for the average MBA Applicant.
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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 Essay A
+ Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
#1. Modern Art = Make you Think
#2. Teamwork and Individual Ambition
#4. Diversity = Creativity
#5. Classroom Experience
#6. Harper Center
+ Columbia MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay 1: Enterprise Technology to Consumer Marketing (495 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 – Engineering Lead) (248 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Pharma – Product Manager) (244 Words)
+ MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample Cover Letter
+ Kellogg MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample Essay - Leadership and Challenges
Sample Essay - How you have grown and intend to grow
+ Insead MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample Essay 1: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses
Sample Essay 2: Achievements and Failures
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 (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay – Investment Banker
Sample MBA Essay - Consultant
Sample MBA Essay - Technologist
Sample MBA Essay - Marketer
Sample MBA Essay - Entrepreneur
+ Ross MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Finance Professional who was a former member of a rock band
Sample MBA Essay: Technologist (Idea to Action)
Sample MBA Essay: Creative Marketing (Idea to Action)
Sample MBA Essay: Consulting (Made a Difference)
Sample MBA Essay: Losing a Client (Resilience)
Sample MBA Essay: Finance to Marketing (extra-curricular)
Sample MBA Essay: I am Aware that I am different
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People
Sample MBA Essay: A valuable thing I have taught someone
Sample Essay – Part 2 (Short-term & Long-Term Goals, skills relevant to your career goals and how Ross
prepares you for the goals)
+ Wharton MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
7 Professional Gains
Sample Wharton MBA Essay 1: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (473 words)
Sample Wharton MBA Essay #2: Math Tutoring and Experimental music’s value for the Wharton Community (388 Words)
+ London Business School MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
London as the Financial Hub
London as the Technology Hub
London as the Consulting Hub
How to Cite the Curriculum (Example)
Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals - How Prior Experience & LBS MBA will contribute (486
+ Darden MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Case Study Method
What is valued at Darden?
Framework for Answering the Darden Essay Question
Sample Darden Essay: When your opinion evolved through discussions (499 Words)
+ Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua Short-Answer Essay Questions
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 (2018 Entering Class)
Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (498 Words)
Essay 3: Personal Expression (a.k.a. "Pick Six")
5 Examples with Images
+ Sample Essays
+ 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