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HBS Essays - Please help! [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 06:38
I am reaching out to you to take your expert advise on one of HBS MBA essay questions for entering class 2011.

There is a question which reads as "What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?"

Does the applicant have to focus only on the academic (class room) aspects of the undergraduate experience or can he highlight the overall experience including extra curriculars, leadership positions held, sports, friendships etc. I would want to highlight on everything except acads. Now I have reached out to hbs adcom over email but they did not respond (rather sent a generic email). Inputs from various current students/alums are mixed - some say it should be primarily acads and leadership/teamwork should be in that context, and some say it can be anything.

I even referred to your blog - but could not get clarity on the 'focus on academics part'

http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_bl ... -tips.html


Your response will be highly appreciated as I am stuck with my application for R2.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: HBS Essays - Please help! [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 21:12
singhm wrote:
I am reaching out to you to take your expert advise on one of HBS MBA essay questions for entering class 2011.

There is a question which reads as "What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?"

Does the applicant have to focus only on the academic (class room) aspects of the undergraduate experience or can he highlight the overall experience including extra curriculars, leadership positions held, sports, friendships etc. I would want to highlight on everything except acads. Now I have reached out to hbs adcom over email but they did not respond (rather sent a generic email). Inputs from various current students/alums are mixed - some say it should be primarily acads and leadership/teamwork should be in that context, and some say it can be anything.

I even referred to your blog - but could not get clarity on the 'focus on academics part'

http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_bl ... -tips.html


Your response will be highly appreciated as I am stuck with my application for R2.

Thanks in advance!


Schools generally ask exactly the question they want you to answer. HBS specifically mentions academic experience, so keep that as the main focus. Can you weave in your other activities to show how they positively affected and/or influenced your coursework or selection of a major or teamwork projects? That might be a possibility.
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