Posts Tagged ‘essay writing’

How to Stay Within Essay Word Limits by Reducing Verbal Verbosity

By - Aug 16, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

Most applicants – whether applying to med school, law school, business school, or any other grad school or college program – need to deal with rigid character or word limits when writing their application essays or personal statements. You may start out thinking that you have...

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The Essays That Got Me Accepted to Kellogg’s MBA Program

By - May 7, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

All business school adcom members want to read essays that discuss the time you saved the day at work, right? That is what I thought when I first sat down to write my Kellogg business school essays. I racked my brain to think of heroic stories...

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Resourceful Essay Recycling

By - Dec 21, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

You’re applying to six different schools and each one requires 2-7 essays/personal statements which equals…a whole lot of writing. PROBLEM: How can you draft so many essays and still maintain a fresh and original voice in each? SOLUTION: Adapt one essay from one application to another essay...

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Writing Tip: Understanding the Fine Line Between Confidence and Arrogance

By - Nov 13, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

“Tone” is often one of the aspects of writing that applicants find most difficult to pin down. And yet, when you’re writing, it is also one of the most important to control so that you maintain an appropriate tone for your purpose. One way to think...

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Why Write a Series About MBA Goals?

By - Nov 11, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

  A few years ago, in the good old days when Wharton still offered feedback to rejected applicants, I talked with a potential client who was reapplying to Wharton. I asked him whether he’d obtained feedback on his application, and he said yes. Well? “Actually they...

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Application Essay Tip: The Devil is in the Details

By - Nov 5, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

You can argue about the devil, but certainly the substance, distinctiveness, and success of your essays depends on the details. Bringing Out Your Uniqueness in the Details Many applicants tend to bury their uniqueness and success under vague assertions. You don’t want to hide your achievements; you...

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Writing About Your Experiences Abroad

By - Nov 1, 06:30 AM   Comments [0]

You studied, worked, or volunteered abroad and now you want to include part of this in your personal statement. Maybe you want to show that you’ve experienced a different culture or that you’ve managed to go outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you’ve had interesting...

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Writing a Lead That Pops

By - Oct 12, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

How many times have you wandered through a bookstore, opening up a book to read the first few lines only to quickly close it again? How often have you read one of those free samples on your Kindle, only to decide after a paragraph that...

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Writing a Powerful Leadership/Achievement Essay

By - Sep 13, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

“Writing a Powerful Leadership/Achievement Essay" is excerpted from MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools, by Linda Abraham and Judy Gruen. Essays that ask you to write about significant achievements fall under the category of what are known as behavioral or...

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Learn How to Answer MBA Essay Questions

By - Aug 13, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

By the time you sit down to work on your b-school applications, you’ve already laid much of the groundwork for your candidacy, and a lot of the pieces of your profile are already set. (There’s no going back in time to change your undergrad record!)...

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