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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 17:54
kryzak wrote:
LOL, funny thing is, I *just* dug that comic strip up from last year's threads and was going to ask rhyme about it. :lol:


There are a lot of random such gems from last year....somewhere I have a breakfast club mock up but its gmatclub instead...

Here are some fun ones I dug up

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t33703

http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t49032

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http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t49032?po ... c&start=20
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 18:11
that was just too funny... I had to sticky it.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 19:01
I am not a particularly creative writer, so my goal is not to make my essays funny or exciting or exotic. My intention is to make my essays excellent by making them clear, effective, concise, and easy to read. Not that I want them to be dull, I just think that sometimes people go to far to try to make their essays original and interesting.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 19:08
Amen. I am in the same boat. I am an average writer at best. I am banking on cold logic and in-depth narration to make an impression.

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I am not a particularly creative writer, so my goal is not to make my essays funny or exciting or exotic. My intention is to make my essays excellent by making them clear, effective, concise, and easy to read. Not that I want them to be dull, I just think that sometimes people go to far to try to make their essays original and interesting.
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Re: What makes stellar essays? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 15:25
Ha, bringing up an old thread..

Now that a lot of you have finished your essays... what do you think now?

Personally, my style of writing changed depending on the country the university was based in.
For the Asian schools, I was quite to the point and emphasised lessons learned and actions completed.
For the UK schools I was a mix of story telling, achievements in a descriptive and slightly modest.
For the USA schools I was more emotional, more personal and used more selling of my skills.

I adapted to the region due to perceived cultural difference in each country. e.g. If i was applying to Helsinki Uni, i would not use much emotion at all.
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Re: What makes stellar essays? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2008, 07:00
Now, what's that "goals vs aspirations" thing?
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Re: What makes stellar essays? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2008, 15:38
I do a lot of writing for work so didn't have a hard time with the essays (ok--they were torturous. rose-colored glasses). However, my two cents:

-skip the humor. it rarely translates verbally.
-be clear and concise. it gives you more space to sell yourself and you don't bore the AdCom by repeating yourself or going into too much detail.
-grammar!! poor grammar drives me nuts.
-make sure you reread your essays and have other people read your essays.
-be sincere
-show your excitement for the school and that you've done your research.
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Re: What makes stellar essays? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2008, 22:48
Wht shud we do for schools which specifically dont ask why school. I was in a deadlock whether to mention why school or not for Yale
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Re: What makes stellar essays? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2008, 23:32
toDoorNot wrote:
Wht shud we do for schools which specifically dont ask why school. I was in a deadlock whether to mention why school or not for Yale


It's a tough one. The only school that I applied to that didn't specify "why us" was Harvard. For them, I opted to avoid addressing the question directly, as they apparently removed "why us" from the application because they felt that most of the answers were too contrived. How many times can an adcom read about how great the case method is before the response loses any value? That being said, not specifically saying "School X is a perfect fit for me because of x,y,z" doesn't mean that you avoid the issue altogether. It can, and likely should, be done more subtly on these sorts of applications. For example, Harvard looks for a habit of leadership. By drawing upon experiences you can demonstrate this trait in yours essays, thereby showing fit for their program, which in most cases is more powerful than stating fit.
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Re: What makes stellar essays? [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2008, 10:15
toDoorNot wrote:
Wht shud we do for schools which specifically dont ask why school. I was in a deadlock whether to mention why school or not for Yale


I think its still very appropriate to weave FIT into the essays even though it isn't explicitly asked.
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