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Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 16:27
How important is tone in the MBA essays? Is it okay to be colloquial? Is it important to be formal?

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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 16:34
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IMO, you should write in a style that will convey your story that best. Personally, I find essays that are too formal a bit of a bore to read. With that said, you need to use some prudence in too much colloquial. And definitely use correct grammar. Like all things, you need to use your judgement to balance out the two.
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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2010, 19:04
Complex and good question. I recommend that you vary your tone within reason across the different essays. For the core essays (your "career progress, why MBA" essay), you should probably try to maintain a more serious and professional tone - with some measure of passion towards the conclusion.

For the more "interesting" essay questions, you can use more emotional, personal tone and syntax - and experiment with the actual structure of the essay itself.
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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2010, 14:07
Is it considered too informal when writing about your experiences with your current employer to use the word "our" when refering to your company if you had a direct role? As in we opened our 5th location last year... or should it strictly be in the 3rd person?
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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 12:39
I think "our" is ok, and am using it myself. But I'm just another applicant, so take my opinion for what it's worth (nothing!).
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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 16:54
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Complex and good question. I recommend that you vary your tone within reason across the different essays. For the core essays (your "career progress, why MBA" essay), you should probably try to maintain a more serious and professional tone - with some measure of passion towards the conclusion.

For the more "interesting" essay questions, you can use more emotional, personal tone and syntax - and experiment with the actual structure of the essay itself.


I second this, but I'm biased as this is exactly the approach I'm taking. To me this approach shows that you are well-rounded.

I also agree that "our" is ok -- it shows a sense of ownership and pride in what you did.
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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 17:03
I think the tone matters to a certain extent, but what you convey matters much more. Like a funny and slightly informal essay that engages the adcom is way better than a formal repertoire of what you did and didn't. But that's just my 2 cents. Take it with a grain of salt :)
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Re: Essay Tone [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 00:20
Also see this excellent post for tips : storytelling-82064.html
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