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Essay question contradictions [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2007, 16:16
I am looking at the essay questions for a school and something is a little unclear. The admissions section of the website says to include in the application, "Two personal essays, articulating your choice of X University's School," but the essay questions are:

Question 1: Discuss your post-MBA career goals and how your work experience has influenced these goals. Include in your discussion: Why an MBA at this time? Which industry or functional area do you plan to pursue at the completion of your MBA?

Question 2: Describe a team experience where your leadership and interpersonal skills directly affected the outcome of the project. How will this experience impact your contribution as a team member at X School?

Technically, one can answer both questions without even saying the University's name and still be within the boundaries of the question. I have done much research on this school, but if I use what I have found about it to "articulate my choice of X University", I run the risk of going off topic. If I strictly answer the essay questions, I won't be "articulating my choice of X University." What should I do? Go off topic to explain why I chose X school or strictly stick to the essay questions?

The only thing I can think of would be something like telling how X school fits into my career plans for Question 1, but that is still going a bit off topic. Suggestions?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2007, 16:32
depending on how much space you have, you can definitely go "off-topic" as long as you answer the questions asked. It's also not really "off-topic" if they ask you to articulate your choice of "X University" before asking the two questions anyway. They just didn't include the "why X University" in the 2 questions again since they already asked it previously.

I would try to weave it in with the topic as much as possible. Talk about how X school can help your career goals, and talk about how the culture of X school will work with your team/leadership skills.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2007, 16:36
Kryzak is right.

Has the university got something to offer that is unique and leadership focused ? It could be a course, or something cultural. If so, you can mention it in your second essay.

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depending on how much space you have, you can definitely go "off-topic" as long as you answer the questions asked. It's also not really "off-topic" if they ask you to articulate your choice of "X University" before asking the two questions anyway. They just didn't include the "why X University" in the 2 questions again since they already asked it previously.

I would try to weave it in with the topic as much as possible. Talk about how X school can help your career goals, and talk about how the culture of X school will work with your team/leadership skills.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2007, 16:45
The University has plenty of unique things to offer, and I tried to work them into Question 1. I let someone look over my essay and they said that part of my essay is answering, "Why X?" rather than answering the question. This is true, but I was trying to take into account the "articulate your choice of X school" part of the directions.

Is it just me, or does this seem kind of silly? Why would the University ask you to "articulate your choice of X school" and then ask questions that have nothing to do with X school?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2007, 18:05
Directors are always complainging about how applicants don't answer the qeustion asked, but then they pull this kind of stunt all the time.....

Why MBA? Why now? Why XYZ school?


These are a given that you should include in the "love letter" essay.
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