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Chicago essay 2 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2006, 16:48
First, can I post essay questions here?

Second:
Basically an essay #2 asks you to select essay question A or question B.
A. asks you to write about most important aspect of your personal development and B. asks you to write about most pressing issue facing humanity.....

I am wondering if this this some mental trap question? Why would they put such different topics under one essay question. I am not sure if I should choose such "selfish" topic relative to B.

Am I being silly?
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Re: Chicago essay 2 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2006, 17:05
Nsentra wrote:
First, can I post essay questions here?

Second:
Basically an essay #2 asks you to select essay question A or question B.
A. asks you to write about most important aspect of your personal development and B. asks you to write about most pressing issue facing humanity.....

I am wondering if this this some mental trap question? Why would they put such different topics under one essay question. I am not sure if I should choose such "selfish" topic relative to B.

Am I being silly?


Post the questions sure. They aint secret!

Here's my take. B is a great question to answer if you can tie it back to something you have a long standing extracurricular or work related activity with. For example, its pretty weak to write about "the environment" when you don't volunteer for greenpeace (which is a crap organization but thats another argument).

To pick B you need to

A. Have a solid subject about which you are passionate
B. Tie it to your experiences
C. Make it believable.

B, to me, is the more "dangerous" option because unless you really have several years in a leadership oriented role with a non-profit or otherwise "altruistic" activity, I suspect your answer will sound contrived and canned.

A is by far the better question. For a couple of reasons:

1. The other GSB essays don't ask you much about your leadership or teamwork ability - Question 3C lets you hit on it, but oh so slightly in 100 words. Question 1 is all about why an mba, why now, why gsb. Its got little to do to highlight your personality (there are ways but its harder).
2. It's a freebie question. You could write about anything here. Your personality, your leadership your teamwork your hair color, whatever.
3. The GSB adcoms have said again and again that they are looking for people who are introspective and self-reflective (to use their words). Essay option A lets you get this across far better than essay B.

In short, I'd use essay A 98% of the time. I'd consider essay B if you have some truly impressive altruistic extracurricular involvement or if you work for a non-profit that saves dolphins. Otherwise, it's a very difficult essay to write.
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Re: Chicago essay 2 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2006, 18:58
Case closed. Thank you for such detailed response!

rhyme where did you learn about what Chi adcoms are looking for in their applicants?
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Re: Chicago essay 2 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2006, 04:08
Nsentra wrote:
Case closed. Thank you for such detailed response!

rhyme where did you learn about what Chi adcoms are looking for in their applicants?


Went to two events held by the adcoms and spent two days on campus during fall preview where, among other things, we walked through three applications with the admissions directors and go to hear their thoughts on each applicant. The introspection thing kept coming up again and again.
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