Posts Tagged ‘writing the mba application essay’

Writing About Overcoming Obstacles in Your Application Essays

By - Dec 10, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

What does the adcom actually want to know about the challenges you’ve overcome? In this short video, Linda Abraham shares the answer to this often-asked question: Why obstacles? When applicants write about their accomplishments, whether in personal statements for graduate school or in b-school essays that ask for greatest accomplishments,...

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How Can You Show Passion in Admissions?

By - Nov 11, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

When one thinks of passion, one doesn’t generally think of investment bankers. But the admissions committees are looking for passion in their applicants; so how are you – a computer guy, an engineer, a biology major, or yes, an investment banker – going to craft a...

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Writing a Powerful Leadership/Achievement Essay

By - Oct 31, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

Essays that ask you to write about significant achievements fall under the category of behavioral or experiential questions. The basic assumption behind these questions is that past behavior is a great predictor of future behavior and are used to measure of your managerial potential. Introducing the MBA uber-value: leadership Achievement questions present fantastic...

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Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure

By - Oct 25, 18:00 PM   Comments [0]

Essay questions dealing with failure, risk, mistakes, and difficult interactions or conflict often cause applicants to cringe, squirm, and bite their nails. After all, you want to show yourself succeeding and conquering the world in your essays and personal statements, not falling down. But there’s a...

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How Personal is Too Personal?

By - Oct 18, 06:30 AM   Comments [0]

The personal statement serves as a terrific opportunity to share with admissions committees an interesting and unique aspect of your life. How much should you tell, and how much is too much? When I applied to college, I wrote a personal statement describing some challenging family...

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How to Use Powerful Details to Create Strong Essays

By - Oct 17, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

To really draw your readers into your goal-focused essay, you’re going to want to lay the scene for your future accomplishments. After all, what better way to convince the adcom of your ambitions than to illustrate them in your essay? First, identify your goal. When you begin...

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Admissions Tip: BE YOURSELF!

By - Sep 29, 06:30 AM   Comments [0]

One of the things admissions committee members tell us again and again is that they wish – really, truly wish – that applicants would not try to write what they imagine the adcom wants to hear, and instead would just be themselves. Admissions committee members...

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Generic-itis Prevention [Warning: If Untreated, Can Cause Rejection]

By - Sep 25, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

Each year, Accepted consultants are witnessing a recurring epidemic. And it’s worse than you can imagine: Generic-itis. What generic-itis looks like Here is an example of a severe case of generic-–itis that I drafted based on several different examples I recently read, along with 25 years of...

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Two Grad School Applicants Walk Into a Bar…

By - Sep 22, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

This might be a great opening line for a comedy night at a university student center, but can you use humor in a graduate school application essay? Should you even try? The answer is…maybe. If you have a funny bone, use it If you can use humor effectively,...

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Review Your Essays Like an Admissions Consultant and Use the Editing Funnel

By - Aug 26, 18:00 PM   Comments [0]

Most of you are now — or will be soon — editing your critical application essays and personal statements. When Accepted consultants review and edit your essays, they go through a process I call the editing funnel. When you edit your own essays, you should follow...

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