Developing Engaging Stories for MBA Essays – Helpful Tips -A Summary
For the last 13 weeks, we have been discussing one essay tip every week. I have illustrated each of these super useful essay tips with examples from my students’ essays. I hope you have enjoyed them. For those of you who missed some of them, here is a compilation of the links of all of the blog posts at one place.
Tip # 1 Comprehend the Essay Prompt
Tip # 2 Brainstorm Ideas/ Begin Writing
Tip # 3 Address Each Part of the Essay Question
Tip # 4 Make your Introduction Compelling
Tip # 5 Organize Your Story Well
Tip # 6 Do Not Use Jargon
Tip # 7 Do Not Use Passive Voice
Tip # 8 Provide Specific Details
Tip # 9 Use Transitional Expressions
Tip # 10 Avoid Using Quotations
Tip # 11 Conclude your Story Well
Tip # 12 Choose Your Words Wisely
Tip # 13 Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
To sum up, developing stories for admission essays is a skill that can be acquired with careful thought and preparation. To choose your best stories/ experiences, you need to devote significant amount of time in reflecting on your professional aspirations and life experiences. After selecting your stories, organize them coherently, and flesh them out with relevant details, keeping in mind all the above mentioned guidelines/ tips. Remember, the essence of writing is rewriting. So you must revise your essays multiple times to ensure that all the pieces of your story fit together and then proofread them for any grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. Lastly, get your essays reviewed by a friend because a second perspective can help you determine if your story is engaging and persuasive enough to the reader. I am confident that by following this structured approach, you will transform your stories into memorable essays that will help you secure admission in your chosen school.
Good luck on your Round 1 applicationsJ
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