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Sample Columbia MBA Essay – Spend One Free Day

b. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

This is another way of asking what you are passionate about or how you would spend your valuable time. Mentioning a leisure activity is not what is expected here. Impact is hinted with the phrase “if you were given a free day.”

The admission team knows that if you have the caliber of being a Columbia MBA, your calendar will be filled with meetings, presentations and consulting engagements. What would you do if you can get away from work?

For this question, you don’t have to conclude with impact, but incorporate a secondary skill, a hobby, and deconstruct how it has helped you develop a perspective or a world view or defined you as a person.

Hobby --> How it defined you as a person

We had an Entrepreneurial applicant who had a small exit ($3 mn) from his first start-up, but wanted to scale his ambition with an MBA from Columbia. The applicant was obsessed with Chess.

He might sound like a Gamer with no social life, but he applies a lot of the strategies from Chess while dominating the market with his start-up.

 “If I get a free day, I would combine two of my favorite hobbies – hiking and playing chess. Every month, a close group of friends and I choose one of the trails from our top 10 list – a secret ranking of some of the best peaks in the US. The rules require that at the end our trekking, we play a game of speed chess. Nothing tests a character more than using strategic play and outsmarting the opponent’s moves when each of us are exhausted, and depleted our willpower to continue. The experience was similar to my first start-up. When the competitor had expected us to burn our cash on marketing, we ...
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+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)   
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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 Why Stanford MBA: Career Switching (Finance to Green Energy Consulting)(394 Words)  
    Sample Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (740 Words)

+ Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
    #1. Modern Art = Make you Think   
    #2. Teamwork and Individual Ambition   
    #3. Adventure   
    #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 (2019 Entering Class)
     Personality Type (Accepted MIT Sloan Students)   
     Cover Letter Checklist   
     Sample Cover Letter – Technology Consulting (286 Words)   
     Sample Cover Letter – Healthcare Entrepreneurship (296 Words)   

+ Kellogg MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)

     Sample Essay 1: Demonstrated Leadership (Marketing) (449 Words)
     Sample Essay 2: Demonstrated Leadership (Technology) (449 Words)   
     Sample Essay 3: MBA as a Catalyst for Growth (Technology) (438 Words)
     Sample Essay 4: MBA as a Catalyst for Growth (Non-Profit to Consulting) (442 Words) 

+ 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 (2019 Entering Class)
    
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Business Development (Mobile Phone 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 (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   
    Words)
   
+ Darden MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
    
Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Near Death Experience)   
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Networking and Job Offer at an Unlikely place)   
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Mountaineering)   
     Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (47 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – Evolving Leadership Style (198 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay – Meaningful IMPACT (200 Words)
     Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (149 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

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1) How to create the 51-character post-MBA professional goal using Facebook’s mission statement as a starting point

2) How to use the 5 Step Process to write about Post-MBA Career Goals


3) How to write about long-term career goals connecting your pre-MBA experience and short-term career goals

4) How to Quote New York's Economy and match it with your post-MBA career path


5) How to write about Immersion Seminars and Master Class


6) How to use Internship and Full-time Jobs data for your Essay


7) How to write about your Hobbies in an intersting way

8) How to write about team failure by balancing Personal ownership and Leadership

Bonus: 5 Sample Essays

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)   

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