5 Tips to Writing A Winning MBA Essay
Today MBA admissions tip comes from Manhattan Review, a well-known provider of test prep and MBA Admissions Consulting in Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas, Lima, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo for Top Business Schools.
Other than your face-to-face interview, your essay is the only other opportunity you will get to actually ‘speak’ to the admissions committee. They want to know who you are, what your dreams are, how you stand out from other applicants, what your career paths are, and what kind of contribution you can make to their MBA program.
Before you write your essays, take some time to reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, and try to view yourself as objectively as possible. Concentrate on why you want to earn an MBA and what positive elements you can bring to the specific school’s program as a student. Lastly, don’t forget to research the schools, their programs and courses, faculty, and the campus environment.
Most applicants do a poor job with their essays. One of the main reasons for rejection is actually due to failure to accurately explain their work history or to project a clear vision of their future. Few applicants contemplate the fact that the admissions committee is trying to assemble a future class so you have to write toward meeting that need.
To say that you’d like to be a consultant or entrepreneur is just not specific enough. You must explain how your past experience has brought you to that goal and combine it with what this particular MBA program can help you achieve, both in the short and long run. One of the ways you might do so is to go through the catalog and see which classes you could highlight in your essays.
Here are 5 helpful tips to writing a winning essay:
In conclusion, we want to say a word about the optional essay. These are generally frowned upon by the adcomm. However, they can be used to delve further into something important that may have been omitted in the application. With that in mind, if you feel it necessary to write an optional essay, please be brief.
The best advice we can give is to keep it real. Above all, be yourself. If you have a sense of humor, use it. Approach your essays with sincerity; never attempt to hide who you are; and try not to make excuses, take responsibility instead for low grades, insufficient work experience, etc.
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