Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words) - Writing Tips

Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words) - Tips

Since you have a complete overview of the curriculum, the study options, and the student clubs, it is time to answer Essay B that asks specifically about ‘how your short-term goals will be fulfilled with a Stanford MBA.

Why Stanford MBA – Career Growth (Courses, Clubs, and Alumni)

When 32% of the class of 2017 chose the Finance Industry post-MBA, there is a clear trend. There is nothing wrong in following it. In fact, applicants who try to be ‘different,’ and cite unconventional career paths – Govt. or creative do not often get through the admission process.

Underneath, all the essays about motivation, you have to understand that MBA Admissions is a well-oiled veto process for Employment. Sure, the MBA program will give you the confidence, and the skills, but if the quality of the entering class were to be compromised, the smooth transitioning from pre-MBA to post-MBA for Stanford candidates would get affected. Brand value of the program depends on Stanford's post-MBA salary and career options.

Read 4 Stanford MBA Application Sample Essays for the 2019 Entering Class

Schools reserve a small percentage of seats for the exception – the low GMAT scoring high performer, but almost all top schools have an average GMAT Score of 720, and an average GPA of 3.4, but the most crucial aspect of the selection process is the evaluation of your work experience.

Over 350 recruiting companies hired Stanford GSB Full-time MBA students. The strong partnerships that GSB’s Career Management Center have developed over the years cannot be jeopardized if your application essay hints in any way that you are not the best employee in terms of communication, leadership, teamwork, and effectiveness.

When there is little to choose between two candidates, the professional accomplishments are insurance that the candidate has the potential to repeat her performance, post-MBA.

Clear Career Path --> Stagnation

Applicants have to state that they had a clear career path and growth over their 3-5 year career but reached career stagnation when they started pursuing cross-functional job openings - one of the most common reasons for pursuing an MBA.

Clear Career Path -> Future Value

For Consultants, working for the Big Cs, the narrative has to be slightly tuned. Top 10 percentile of the Analyst is offered Associate role without an MBA (or Associate to Consultant depending on the company you are working)
The admission team is aware of it. If you are in the Top 10-20 percentile, citing the future value of Stanford MBA (mid-term) goal will be a better approach.

To show a clear learning path with Stanford MBA, select four courses - two from the core and two from electives. Demonstrate how you understand the curriculum and its value for your post-MBA role.

We have analyzed them in details in our Essay Guide

Example: Consulting (Career Growth)

An applicant working in consulting might have experienced career stagnation when she seeks opportunities in management consulting. Most Management team will allow the transition for superstar performers, but with a caveat – they have to demonstrate results within a short time or gain experience in the job function for 4-5 years before taking over key accounts.

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.

Section 2: Go to the specifics by quoting Stanford MBA core courses. Mention one of the courses: Leadership Labs, Managing Groups and Teams and Strategic Leadership - and explain how it will help you acquire a new life skill.


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2019-20 Stanford MBA Essay Guide

1. 7 Sample Essays for Inspiration

Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Consulting)(400 words)    
Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Tech Entrepreneur) (390 words)    
Sample Why Stanford MBA: Career Switching (Finance to Green Energy Consulting) (389 Words)    
Sample Why Stanford MBA: Career Switching (Private Equity to Operations) (399 Words)    
Sample Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (740 Words)(Balance in Life)    
Sample Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (750 Words)(Vulnerability and Learning)    
Sample Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (748 Words)(Freedom and Commitment)

2. Detailed Analysis of Stanford MBA Curriculum for 2019 that you can use in your essay

3. Demonstrates how to answer Essay B in three ways (as a Career Enhancer, as an Entrepreneur and as a Career Switcher)

4. Shows how to use ‘The Big Five Model’ to evaluate your unique personality for Essay A.

5. 200+ pages of General Essay Writing, Storytelling and Editing Tips

Stanford MBA Essay Guide will show you, with examples, on how to use the elements of Storytelling like Incorporating "The Struggle", using Emotional connectors, narrating the Journey and the use of Chronology, Vividness and Active Verbs to transform your essays.

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