We have tips on everything from what a
spell checker can and can't do to finding your own voice
to saying what makes you special.
10 Things That a Spell Checker Won't Catch
Print out your application and have it checked for
errors 'by eye' rather than trusting a spell checker to
do the job for you. In case you're wondering why, here
are some examples of mistakes that most spell checkers
will not catch.
Leadership is a Key Component in Essays
Invariably, b-schools ask applicants to write about their leadership qualities at some point in their essays or in an interview. Sometimes the question is explicit, as in
Wharton's "Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential?" Other times, the question of leadership is implicit, as in Stanford's
"Tell us about a time when you empowered others" and "Tell us about a time when you had a significant impact on a person, group or organization."
Be Yourself in Your MBA Admission Essays
Today's MBA programs are built around training and developing leaders, not followers. To that end, admissions committees look for applicants who have character, who
stand out in the crowd. With applications to MBA programs increasing steadily, separating yourself from the rest is crucial.
Essays ARE Important – But Only in Context
Some applicants have the wrong idea about why essays
are important, or what admissions committees look for when they read them.
Admissions Essay is a Portrait of You, at Your Best
Admissions officers hear a lot of sad, mournful
violin music spilling out of the essays of applicants to
graduate business school. Strains of epic-sized tragedy
fill the pages of personal essays written by applicants,
who all successfully overcame enormous
Experience in a B-School Application
It's time to dismiss a fallacy about nonprofit job
experience being detrimental to your MBA admissions. In
fact, nonprofit experience might provide an applicant
with points for diversity.
Admission Essays Should Be Like Love Letters
Your admissions essays should be like love letters. Any school that receives one should feel like it is the one and only – a perfect match
Can Overcome Writer's Block
Every fall, there are many things we can always
count on. Football will be a popular topic of conversation, we'll
gain an hour due to daylight savings time and too many MBA
applicants will struggle with writer's block. Since 1996, we've
helped tens of thousands of applicants overcome this psychological
road block and produce high-quality essays that have helped them
gain admission to their top-choice business schools.
Case Study: Finding Your Voice in Your Essays
"Anyone who's studied a foreign language can tell
you that it's much harder to learn to write an essay in
another language than to learn to speak it, especially
given each language's distinct formal writing style..."
Saying What Makes You Special
"We all know this type – the guy or girl who doesn’t get many dates because everyone thinks they're 'nice but boring.'..."
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