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HBS essay : undergrad academic experience

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HBS essay : undergrad academic experience [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2005, 11:29
Hi,

My question is on the HBS essay #1 pasted below. The essay is asking for undergraduate academic experience. I think you are right in recommending that the experience should focus on leadership. Can the leadership instance come from "non-academic" experience during under-graduate years ?

I am thinking about writing about my experience as captain of a university sports team.

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1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400-word limit)

This question replaces HBS' question on leadership which has been its question #1 for years and is now #3. I think it reflects somewhat HBS' tilt towards younger applicants, but for all applicants it represents HBS' attempt to see patterns over time. What you choose to include here will obviously vary depending on your experience and the rest of your application, but my ideal answer show a leadership experience from your undergrad career to show that you are a natural leader with a history of leadership -- even if you are several years out of school. Remember: HBS wants to develop leaders, not create them.
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[quote="cont_halt"]Hi,

My question is on the HBS essay #1 pasted below. The essay is asking for undergraduate academic experience. I think you are right in recommending that the experience should focus on leadership. Can the leadership instance come from "non-academic" experience during under-graduate years ?

I am thinking about writing about my experience as captain of a university sports team.

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1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience? (400-word limit)

Since the question focuses on "academic" experience, while yes it should reveal leadership, I think it should also tie to academics. I would save your captainship for another essay.

Please also see additional thoughts on HBS 1

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2005, 06:59
This is what I got from hbs:

"Please be advised that the Admissions Board is interested in what the candidate believes is important to communicate about their academic experience. There is no specific format to answer the essay questions."

I guess it has to be "Academic".
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