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Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 10:03
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I've had a few people pm me about how I went about the powerpoint for Booth. I wanted to share mine with others after editing a bit for privacy as one example of a successful essay. Too late for this application season, but maybe will help others applying this Fall. I wouldn't recommend copying this format but rather to get ideas on the types of things to mention. I didn't abide by the rule of thumb to include less text than photos, and yes it is a bit corny, so don't laugh :lol:

I looked at my essay 1 (career goals, why mba, why chicago) and essay 2 (a challenge or risk, I wrote about taking a risky job offer) and then at a list of Booth's core values and made a list of what was missing. EC's, a good teamwork story, a leadership story, study abroad experience etc. and made sure this all got in there somehow. The other 2 essays were very direct and dry, so I wanted this one to show my personailty. I felt the email format allowed me to not only talk about my experiences in a much more personal way as if talking to a friend, but also demonstrate the way I interact with different people in my life.
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 10:21
nice take on the whole thing! well dont and congrats again!
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 11:44
great concept and no wonder you are an admit. Congratulations
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 13:32
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Thanks guys, appreciate the kind words. To those struggling with this, I want to reiterate that it's not really about the concept at all, for me the hardest part was discovering what was missing in my application as it relates to what Booth wants. They promote this theme of wanting students that always challenge and push themselves, so I kept this top of mind and actually used words like challenging, courage, confidence etc. when describing my experiences. Don't look at the blank slides as something terrifying, think of it as an opportunity to sneak a lot more content in there than other schools would allow in only one essay, effectively getting to say as much as you want without a strict word limit. Another reason why I don't think it's a bad thing to include a lot of text.
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 14:11
Good stuff! My powerpoint slides were actually the opposite from yours. I went picture/logo heavy and minimalist text to get across my message. It related to stuff I had talked about in my essays and I really was emphasizing the personal branding element. :-D

It shows that they aren't looking for some cookie cutter slides but rather a personal reflection of the individual.
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 03 May 2011, 19:53
This is a nice powerpoint slide, I like it! And now it's quite obvious why I was rejected by Booth.... =)
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 08 May 2011, 12:41
Thanks for sharing, @Michmax3!!

I was dinged in R2 and was wondering ever since what sort of content was present in Essay 3 for those who got in...I checked with a few people but never got any solid inputs..

This presentation definitely gives me a lot of leads! Thanks again, congratulations & enjoy your time at Booth!
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I appreciate the sharing, but I guess I'm in the minority that wasn't impressed by this concept. I suppose I have a lot to learn about the skills and traits that business schools value.
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Re: Booth Powerpoint Essay Example [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 15:48
Michmax3 wrote:
I've had a few people pm me about how I went about the powerpoint for Booth. I wanted to share mine with others after editing a bit for privacy as one example of a successful essay. Too late for this application season, but maybe will help others applying this Fall. I wouldn't recommend copying this format but rather to get ideas on the types of things to mention. I didn't abide by the rule of thumb to include less text than photos, and yes it is a bit corny, so don't laugh :lol:

I looked at my essay 1 (career goals, why mba, why chicago) and essay 2 (a challenge or risk, I wrote about taking a risky job offer) and then at a list of Booth's core values and made a list of what was missing. EC's, a good teamwork story, a leadership story, study abroad experience etc. and made sure this all got in there somehow. The other 2 essays were very direct and dry, so I wanted this one to show my personailty. I felt the email format allowed me to not only talk about my experiences in a much more personal way as if talking to a friend, but also demonstrate the way I interact with different people in my life.



Mine is very honestly personal and full of aesthetics. Yours is premised on a gimmick of emails and you are hiding behind your ideas. I can see you are a more verbose person. Our slides are totally different.
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