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FROM Accepted.com Blog: What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Analytical Aptitude and Appetite
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This is the second post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.

So, HBS wants “analytical aptitude and appetite.” Hardly a surprise. You might be tempted to just skim that section of the website message.

Maybe it’s not as obvious as it sounds. Let’s break it down.

Analytical: This word encompasses a range of things – quantitative methods, various tools and processes such as decision trees and FMEA, mental and intellectual objectivity, an exacting attitude. Parsing the relationship between a whole and its parts. Pursuing root causes.

Aptitude: Ability, innate and/or learned.

Appetite: This is the really interesting word, because it’s open to interpretation. We can read it as meaning to enjoy, to savor, to be open to, to relish, to hunger for, to have capacity for. Here are some of its practical implications and nuances (in question form):

• Do you use objective analysis in understanding past events, planning future actions and strategies, and making decisions?

• Do you respect results and outcomes determined by objective analysis even when they don’t jive with your preconceptions, ideologies, or preferences?

• Does your analytic mindset allow you to be comfortable with – even relish – ambiguity and uncertainty?

• Do you help your teammates understand and use analytic approaches and thinking?

• Do you use language effectively as an analytic tool, e.g., when the team is facing a muddle, are you the one who can verbally separate the threads, clarify them, and guide the team to understand their relative weight and importance?

As the HBS website indicates, for HBS, analytical aptitude is not a solitary feast (regardless of how hearty the analytic appetite). You’ve got to bring your analytical chops to the table, i.e., to classroom debates and case studies, projects, etc. Therefore, to use a music analogy, you must be able not only to read and play the analytic score – but also to improvise, on the spot and with other virtuosos.

The adcom will grasp your analytic aptitude from your transcript(s), test score(s), and resume. But if you feel these elements don’t adequately show this dimension, use other parts of the application (essay, short answers, additional info, recommendations) to amplify it.

As for showing analytical appetite:

• Your resume may reflect this quality, depending on your work.

Invite your recommenders to discuss this quality and to provide examples.

• In your essay, use a story or two that demonstrates analytical appetite.

And be assured, it won’t hurt to let other programs you apply to appreciate your analytic aptitude and appetite!

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A Veteran’s Transition to Tuck [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: A Veteran’s Transition to Tuck
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This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with business students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top programs. And now, introducing Keal Harter…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Keal: I’m originally from West Michigan, but I’ve moved around a lot since I finished undergrad at the University of Michigan. There I studied political science. I got a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and then I became an officer in the U.S. Navy. So other than a few economics classes, I hadn’t taken a single business course before applying to business school. That was a little nerve-wracking, but so far it has been a great experience.

Accepted: Where are you currently in b-school? What year?

Keal: I’m currently a first-year student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in lovely Hanover, New Hampshire. I expect to graduate next spring.

Accepted: Why Tuck? How did you know their program would be the right “fit” for you?

Keal: I chose Tuck because of its incredibly tight-knit community. With the smaller class size comes the opportunity to know more of your fellow students, and the Upper Valley is a beautiful area to do that. There is so much to do – skiing, hiking, biking, checking out great farm-to-table restaurants and craft breweries.

The strong core curriculum was also a driver for coming to Tuck. Again, I didn’t come from a business background; I rarely had even used Excel. Tuck’s core curriculum builds students’ depth of knowledge in several business disciplines from marketing to capital markets in the first year. First-year courses are essentially chosen for you the first few terms (if you don’t test out of them) which I found helpful in establishing a foundation of business knowledge.

Accepted: You were in the Navy before transitioning to the civilian world and attending Tuck. How has this transition been? How has Tuck supported you along the way?

Keal: My transition has gone really well. Veterans in particular arrive to a strong network at Tuck. Second-year veteran students and veteran Tuck alums are always accessible and eager to provide guidance on everything from where to live in Hanover if you have a family to class selection, case interview preparation, and crafting your narrative so that you can translate your military experience to those in the private sector. Fellow classmates who aren’t coming from the military are also invaluable resources, as they have insights from their own private sector experiences.

Tuck is also extremely generous when it comes to the Yellow Ribbon Program. There is no limit on the number of veterans who can receive Yellow Ribbon funding at Tuck, and the school recently announced an increase in its level of funding under Yellow Ribbon.

Accepted: You’re a . What does the AFAA do for current students and alumni?

Keal: The Armed Forces Alumni Association provides resources and support to veterans at Tuck and their families through integration, recruitment, and veterans’ networking initiatives. Within the community, we raise awareness and create discourse about military and veterans’ issues by taking part in events such as Veteran’s Day talks at local schools, a Tuck vets vs. Ice vets sled hockey game, and our annual Tuck Runs for Vets 5k which benefits a local veteran’s organization.

For prospective veteran business school students, we answer questions that they may have about transitioning, the b-school application process, and are happy to help them make connections. And the Tuck AFAA hosts Military Visit Day so that veterans can come see what the Tuck community is all about. There really is no better way of assessing fit than visiting a school and meeting current students.

Accepted: What has been your favorite part about attending Tuck thus far? What has been your biggest challenge?

Keal: My favorite part about Tuck thus far has been challenging myself with more complex business classes such as decision science or accounting. I’ve also met a lot of great people along the way.

Accepted: Lastly, what advice would you like to give you current applicants? Anything you wish you would have known before, that you know now?



Keal: My advice to applicants is find the program with the best fit. I found that visiting the school is a great way to experience the culture and environment. MBA programs are a huge investment in forgone wages and time, so you want to be in a place that you like and where you can make the most of it. For me, I found that place to be Tuck.

Thank you Keal for sharing your story with us, we wish you continued success!

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Harvard Business School Announces New Joint MS/MBA Program [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Harvard Business School Announces New Joint MS/MBA Program
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Harvard Business School and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced a new joint MS/MBA program beginning in August 2018. The program will award both a Master of Science in Engineering Sciences (MS) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The program is designed to train future leaders of technology ventures, providing a solid foundation in general management, building design skills, and strengthening students’ understanding of engineering. It is completed in four semesters over two years, plus summer and January term coursework. Students have the summer between the first and second years to work on their own startup idea or at an internship at a tech company.

The program plans to enroll about 30 students annually, looking for students whose undergrad training in engineering or computer science in addition to their work experience will enable them to lead teams that make “how to build it” decisions in technology ventures. Graduates of the program will also be prepared to make “what to build decisions,” which are the domain of startup founders and product managers, as well as CEOs in already established tech companies.

The first year of the program consists of:

• Completing the MBA Required Curriculum (RC)

• Completing the System Engineering course

• Meeting as a cohort at SEAS in the Engineering, Design & Innovation Management Seminar

• Completing the Technology Venture Immersion course during the January term

During the second year, MS/MBA students split their time between SEAS and HBS, enrolling in electives at both schools. They also:

• Take an Integrated Design course

• Complete the Capstone course during the January and spring terms, during which they work in small teams to build and launch a new product

The program is looking for students with the following qualifications:

1. Desire to lead technology ventures

2. Undergrad degree in engineering, computer science, or a related tech field with a record of academic excellence

3. A minimum of two years of full-time work experience, preferably designing and/or developing technology-intensive products

4. Ability to meet the other criteria to admission to HBS’s MBA program

“We are looking for individuals who want to balance their passion for engineering and innovation with a deep understanding of management and leadership,” stated Chad Losee, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS. “The students we are seeking have already distinguished themselves technically; this program will help propel them into leadership roles.”

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What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Engaged Community Citizen [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Engaged Community Citizenship
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This is not about “community service” — it’s not about doing halo-worthy things in your free time. (Though neither HBS nor I will discourage that, and “engaged community citizenship” and “community service” certainly can overlap.)

Community service is an activity that you do; engaged community citizenship is a quality that you embody. Doing community service does not automatically mean you possess the quality of engaged community citizenship.

Harvard Business School explicitly seeks this quality in its applicants – announced in bold letters on its “Who are we looking for?” page.

Plaudits to HBS for the directness and clarity. Yet it’s a complex idea. Let’s see exactly what “engaged community service” means by examining each element.

• Engaged:

Showing up. Participating, with your heart and mind as well as your actions. When you ask a question or make a comment, it’s not just for participation brownie points; it’s thoughtful, pertinent, contributing. You share doubts and fears as well as offer solutions. You know how to listen, you do listen, and you synthesize what you hear. You check your ego at the door, knowing it’s not about you, it’s about the issue or project or process.

• Community:

It’s your organization and your team or department within it. It’s your social circle. It’s your sport team and/or religious group and/or music ensemble and/or hobby club. It’s your service organization. Not least, it’s your school – including the HBS classroom. It is also your neighborhood. And your country. It’s the people around you on the subway platform. It’s every group formal or informal with which you have a connection.

• Citizenship:

Citizenship involves a sense of responsibility, a sense of ownership, the values that inform and drive your engagement with your community. First and foremost, you care – about the community at large, the people within it, and, yes, yourself. You act on that caring and your actions reflect that caring. Therefore, you are ethical and honest. You are reliable and generous. In a nutshell: You can be counted on to pitch in and do the right thing for your community.

Actually, the quality of engaged community citizenship is something that any b-school adcom will value. So how do you express it effectively in your application? Use example and anecdote. For HBS, reflect it in your essay, even if indirectly. Also, try to bring it out in your resume and your interviews. Ask your recommenders to highlight it.

If you have it – let it enhance your candidacy.

For more insight into what HBS is looking for, check out our posts: What Harvard Business School is Looking For: Analytical Aptitude And Appetite and What Harvard Business School is Looking For: The Habit Of Leadership.

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What’s New at NYU Stern? A Lot! [#permalink]

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: What’s New at NYU Stern? A Lot!
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What’s new at NYU Stern? New MBA programs. New application process. New deadlines. Let’s learn all about it!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome back to Admissions Straight Talk Isser Gallogly, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern School of Business. I almost feel like Isser needs no introduction at Accepted. He participated in many of Accepted’s old text-only admissions chats. He’s also been a guest on AST twice before – Episode 97, where we discussed part-time options at Stern, and Episode 184, where we discussed NYU Stern’s FT MBA admissions process. So when you finish with this show and want to learn more about NYU Stern, check out those.

Welcome back, Isser!

Can you give us an overview of the changes to Stern’s MBA application process this year? [2:00]

We launched two new, focused MBA programs. We explored the idea of separate applications, and decided on having one application for all of the programs – so you can apply to up to four MBA programs with one application: the full-time MBA, part-time MBA, and our two new specialized, full-time, 12-month programs (one in tech, one in fashion and luxury). You indicate a primary program of interest and explain why it’s your primary, and then identify your alternates.

The EMBA has a different process because it’s a unique profile.

If you list an alternate, it won’t be held against you? [5:00]

Not at all. Maybe someone’s preference is the full-time MBA, because they want to be immersed – but they can also see that the part-time program would be viable, because they can see that going to school while in the work environment would be helpful for them. It’s two different paths to the same goal.

What is the EQ Endorsement? [6:35]

This is a completely new section for the MBA application, and one we thought was important!

At Stern, one of the differentiators for us is what we call IQ + EQ – our students don’t just have raw intelligence, but also emotional intelligence (EQ), to work with people and lead. EQ is always something we’re looking for. We thought there was an opportunity to get more information in the application process.

Professional letters of rec are often limited – sometimes the recommender doesn’t know you that well or hasn’t known you that long. We came up with the idea of an EQ endorsement. Someone who knows you well provides an example of your emotional intelligence.

We’re hoping to get good insight into what makes people tick – almost a preview of the interview. We’re really looking forward to the responses! Applicants are always looking for ways to tell their stories and differentiate themselves. This is another opportunity to do that. You can ask anyone aside from a family member. It opens up a wide playing field. The basic prompt will be a definition of EQ, and then ask for a specific example/instance that shows EQ.

Can you describe the Pick Six essay? [12:40]

We’ve had our creative essay for over 15 years. It’s been pretty wide open – given people a lot of flexibility. What we discovered over time is that the medium can cloud the message – we thought it would be good to provide a little more structure, without getting in the way of applicants expressing themselves. This prompt is six images (that you get to choose) with six short captions.

There’s a lot of flexibility to show a lot of who they are – multiple aspects and vantage points. For an applicant, it’s a great opportunity to express themselves and differentiate themselves, in a format that’s very familiar.

The former creative essay prompt seemed to be an opportunity to go deep into one aspect of your profile. Do you anticipate people using the “Pick Six” to go broad instead? [18:14]

You could go deep into one topic, or broad (highlighting several different ones). I think it’s one of the advantages – it gives the opportunity to go deep or broad or some combination. I think it gives more options than the creative essay.

I’m not a creative or visual person. Any advice for me on this prompt? [19:45]

Do you have pictures in your home? On your phone?

I don’t think it’s so much about being an artist or being visual – but about what strikes you and what’s important to you.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see graphs, charts, word clouds, along with images.

Can you tell us about the two new, one-year, specialized MBA programs at NYU Stern – the MBA in Technology and the MBA in Fashion and Luxury Goods? Let’s start with an overview of each. [22:20]

What makes them unique is that they are full-time programs, MBA programs, focused on a specific industry specialization. They are one-year programs.

We thought about accelerating industries that didn’t exist in their current form when the traditional MBA developed – does the two- year MBA make sense for them? It works great for traditional MBA routes.

We analyzed recruitment structures. For fashion/luxury, internships are more variable.

In both fashion and tech, there’s a unique skillset: technical/specialized skills plus management training. So the programs focus on that combination.

Instead of a summer internship for fashion, we built experiential learning right into the program – it’s leverageable and valuable.

The program is laser-focused, and the internship is baked in. The approach is optimized for these specific industries, so one year makes sense.

The person it will be good for is the person who has an interest in the intersection of the industry and business, and who has a strong interest in that particular field. You have to have a high level of focus and commitment.

Is it necessary to be working in tech or fashion to apply? [30:10]

You don’t necessarily have to have been in the field. In tech, some level of coding is important.

For both, there’s the possibility that someone has high interest but may or may not be doing it currently. Deep interest and engagement is important, but work experience in the field isn’t a requirement.

Did your past at L’Oreal help you give feedback on these programs? [32:50]

A lot of places have a history: Stern is a place with a future. We’re always thinking about what’s next – is what we’re offering the right thing? Is it optimized?

The advisory board for tech is a who’s-who of the tech space. On the fashion/luxury side, we have a fashion lab. The people involved are extremely impressive. It’s a collaboration between education and industry to optimize our programs.

We want to find out what’s next and what works best. We’re really excited to see our first applicants!

Does the lack of an internship make these programs not suitable for career changers? Or as long as they can demonstrate commitment to the field, would you consider them? [36:30]

I would say it’s the latter. There are people who should be working in fashion or tech, but aren’t for whatever reason. But you can see their interest in everything else they’ve done. “Of course you should be in that, why aren’t you yet?”

They should know at a deep level that it’s exactly what they want to be doing. It’s not for casual interest.

What is the tech MBA Silicon Valley Immersion? [40:20]

It’s an opportunity to go out west and spend time with firms out there. It could be a couple of weeks long – that’s not finalized yet, it depends on which firms are involved.

We want people to have the opportunity to get out there and work with firms directly. We don’t think the program would be complete without that kind of immersion.

For fashion, we’re looking at international immersions in the capitals of that industry (Paris, Milan).

This type of immersion also provides inroads/exposure for recruiting.

Do you think grads of the tech MBA are going to work for established companies or start their own? [42:28]

We anticipate three major paths: product management (working for companies like Amazon or Google); the startup entrepreneurship path; and the FinTech route.

On the fashion/luxury side, there’s a range of paths, too. People could work with designers, or work in retail, across a wide range of opportunities.

What should applicants know/do now if they’re considering one of the specialized MBAs? [44:00]

Be absolutely sure it’s the right program for you. It’s a lockstep, structured curriculum – if you want a lot of options, it’s probably not for you.

Be sure this is the industry for you – if you’re not all-in, take some time, maybe do an internship, and decide. You really have to be committed and focused.

It comes back to self-reflection: who you are and what you want.

When are the deadlines? [47:20]

For the specialized MBAs, the deadlines are Sept 15 and Nov 15.

For the full-time MBA, the deadlines are Oct 15, Jan 15, and Mar 15.

Apply to the deadline of the program of your primary interest.

And you don’t have to wait for the deadline! Apply when your application is complete and competitive.

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• NYU Stern MBA Student, Published Author and Journalist Writes His Way to Success

• Sports, Media, and an MBA: NYU Stern Student Shares His Story

• NYU Stern to Offer a New FinTech Specialization in the MBA Curriculum

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• Get an NYU Stern MBA: Interview with Admissions Dean Isser Gallogly

• Exploring the Part-Time MBA Options at NYU Stern

• How to Become a Corporate Executive, an Interview with NYU Stern Executive-in-Residence

• An NYU Stern Grad and Strat Consultant Helping Vets Get Into School

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Short And Sweet: Tips For Writing “Mini” MBA Essays
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What is an admissions committee’s message or intent behind limiting an “essay” answer to 100, 200, or 300 characters? Just the facts, please. In fact, just the key facts.

No adornment, no backstory, no extended rationale.

Columbia Business School has had a short answer goals question for a few years now; Darden has had a 140-character Tweet question; and now HBS has a couple of these mini-essay questions. Yes, it’s a trend.

In working with clients on such questions, I’ve been struck by how hard providing “just the facts” really is – it’s counterintuitive, it’s letting go. It makes the writer feel, well, a little naked out there. Adornment, backstory, rationale – those are the comfortable “clothes” now in a heap on the floor.

So how do you give the admissions readers what they want – while simultaneously serving your goal of creating a compelling application that differentiates and distinguishes you?

Here are 7 unadorned tips to answer that question:

1. Read the question carefully and weigh each word, to make sure you’re answering the exact question. (Seems obvious, right? But I’ve witnessed many very smart people misread the question or simply disregard the question, with predictable results.)

2. Short doesn’t mean easy. The opposite is often true. Allocate and devote some up-front thinking time to what you’ll say. The fewer words you have, the greater weight each word carries.

3. While brainstorming, decide which 1-3 key points you must convey. Don’t even consider anything else.

4. Also while brainstorming, consider the application overall. These mini-essays must work within a larger whole. For example, if you only have 200 characters to write about your goals, and you’re planning to shift careers, look for other places in the application to indicate that you have relevant skill sets, understand the industry/function, etc.

5. In drafting your essay, write a little over the limit and then pare down. It’s always easier to cut your ideas down than it is to draw out new words once you’ve completed your thoughts.

6. Make sure each word is meaningful. Stick to nouns and verbs. Use short, direct sentences, which allow you to “squeeze” the most out of the limited characters.

7. Avoid repeating the question. If it’s about post-MBA goals, the reader will know what you’re referring to, you don’t have to say, “Post-MBA I plan to…

You know the expression “short and sweet.” Turn brevity to your advantage. A short statement can have great power, propulsion. The key is to do it right.

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The application process is a tricky balancing act: You want to show your target schools that you’re a perfect match, but you don’t want to blend into the multitude of applicants or become just a number. How can you show your authentic self in the application process? How can you present your strengths, and stand out? This series shows you how.

In our last post, I discussed the first necessary ingredient of “fit” – demonstrating you can do the work in your target program. The next key to showing your fit as an applicant is demonstrating that you’re a perfect match for the program’s culture and mission.

This means going beyond the rankings and doing research on each program you’re applying to. Ask yourself the following:

• What are the core values of the program?

• What type of community does the program promote?

• What unique opportunities would you have at the target program that make it a perfect fit?

• Does the program have a distinct mission or teaching philosophy? For example, if you’reapplying to an MBA program, are you drawn to schools with a case-based methodology? An emphasis on experiential learning?

• If you’re applying to medical school, do you want a research or clinical focus?

The key here is research. Your reasons for choosing a particular school need to go further than rankings and deeper than platitudes.

How to Research Schools Effectively

There are many ways to do this research.

• Your first stop is the school’s (or department’s) website. Scour it for information related to your goals. Many programs offer the opportunity to contact or meet with current students or alumni, or attend admissions events. Those are all great opportunities to learn more.

• Reading student blogs or student-run newspapers can also give you insight into what life is actually like on campus.

• If you’re applying to a research-oriented program, read up on the current projects that people in the department are working on. Department websites normally provide profiles of professors, along with their CVs. You may also find profiles of current or recent grad students, with descriptions of their research topics. This is all there for your benefit, so take advantage of it!

Using Your Research to Demonstrate Fit

Once you’ve done your homework, it’s time for you to demonstrate cultural fit throughout your application. Your coursework reflects your interests. Your work experience, hobbies, and community service reflect your values and impact. The way you describe what you’ve done can highlight those experiences that scream shared values.

Finally, there are the essays – prime time for showing fit.

Whether it’s in the context of an MBA goals essay that also discusses how a particular program will help you achieve those goals, a MA/MS or PhD statement of purpose that highlights why the department is a perfect match for your research and career goals, or a med school secondary essay that discusses the school’s mission statement head-on, your essays are the first place for you to show your fit with the school’s culture.

Show you’ve done your homework by referring to specifics: which opportunities (such as research opportunities, experiential learning, clinical training, etc. – depending on your field) make their program compelling? It is never enough to say that a program is appealing because it has a great reputation and is in a location you like. Instead, you need to go deep.

Pay Attention to the Details

As you identify the school’s core values, think about how you exemplify them, and keep that in mind as you choose examples for your essays and your resume/activity history. For example, some med schools place an especially high premium on volunteer service. Say your target school specifies a minimum of 300 hours of volunteer service. Your further research has revealed that admitted students actually average about twice that. You should definitely highlight your service experience in your application, since this is a core value of that school.

One thing to remember: don’t just repeat the school’s mission statement or phrases from their website. Do your research and show how your experiences make you a great fit for what the school is looking for, as well as how the school’s offerings make it a perfect fit for your interests and goals.

In our next post in this series on “fit,” we’ll talk about the importance of defining and demonstrating your realistic goals.

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If you’re preparing to apply to HBS, you already know how competitive the application process is. We’re not telling you anything new when we say that your application needs to be perfect.

But what, exactly, is Harvard seeking in its applicants? How can you approach your application thoughtfully and ensure that it stands out? And amid the static and noise of often-conflicting advice, what advice can you trust?

That’s why we created our free webinar, Get Accepted to HBS. In just one hour, Accepted’s founder, Linda Abraham, will guide you through a proven strategic framework for application success.

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NYU is certainly demonstrating its innovative and creative streak with this year’s application. Lots of changes! In a nutshell:

• It’s “Pick Six” question is replacing the creative question it has had for years.

• It is adding an EQ Endorsement to its app.

• It has moved from four rounds to three rounds — eliminating the November deadline that it had previously.

• It allows applicants to apply to up all of its non-executive MBA programs with one application.

That’s an awful lot of change for one school in one application cycle. Let’s explore a little more.

My comments are in blue.

Essays:

1. Professional Aspirations (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

• What are your short and long-term career goals?

• How will the MBA help you achieve them?

This question is somewhat similar to last year’s Essay 1 in that they both focused on professional aspirations, but NYU is putting your writing on a diet — sort of. The question is now 500 words, not 750, and no longer asks “Why now.”

Stern’s #1 is a fairly typical MBA goals question.  At the heart of this question: What do you want to do after you graduate that requires an MBA and why is the MBA the best next step for you  on this path. You should be able to answer Stern’s #1, or you shouldn’t be applying.

Finally make sure you answer all elements of the question while staying within the word limits (not guidelines). No adcom member sits there and counts words, but the readers can tell when you are significantly over. “Significantly” in my book is more than 10%. Write succinctly.

You can start your essay with the goal and then give reasons for it as well as how an MBA will help you achieve it. Alternatively you can start with a past event or achievement and describe how it influenced the development of your aspiration. Then discuss how an MBA will help you realize your goal or perhaps how this or another event showed you that you lack the skills to achieve it.

2.  Program Preferences

NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.

A. Primary Program Preference (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

• Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application.

• Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you.

B. Alternative Program Preference(s) (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

• Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s).

• An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate “N/A”.

The removed part of Essay 1 was “Why Stern.” They have moved that section of the old essay 1 question here to allow you to explain why you would pursue some or all of the different non-EMBA programs at NYU Stern. In my interview with Isser Gallogly, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions at NYU Stern School of Business, he made it very clear that you don’t need to express interest in more than one program and that you can express interest in all four non-executive programs as long as you provide cogent reasons for pursuing each one. He recognizes that sometimes there is one path to a particular goal and sometimes multiple paths can work. The quality of your reasoning not the quantity of programs matters.

3: Personal Expression (a.k.a. “Pick Six”)

Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

• A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).

• Six images that help illustrate who you are.

• A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

Again in my interview with him, Isser explained that today images are used for communications as much as words, and he strongly feels that images combined with a few sentences and captions may be more comfortable for applicants accustomed to communicating on Instagram, Facebook, etc.  So let your visual talents shine. You can go deep on one special interest, or let your 6 picks show different facets of you and your experience.

You can use word clouds, graphs, infographics, charts, and of course pictures. Basically anything 2-dimensional that will go into a PDF for uploading.

4: Additional Information (optional) (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

Stern provides several suggestions of what you may want to include in this essay. However, if you have something significant you would like the admissions committee to know and that topic isn’t mentioned above, this question is open enough so that you still should write this optional essay.. Just don’t duplicate what’s found elsewhere.

If you would like professional guidance with your NYU MBA application, check out Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the NYU application.

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We know there’s a lot of information out there about MBA applications, and it can be really overwhelming. If you have questions about what a school like HBS is looking for or how your profile measures up, it can be stressful.

That’s why we created our free webinar, Get Accepted to Harvard Business School. In just one hour, Accepted’s founder, Linda Abraham, will give you proven strategies for application success. She’ll help you understand what HBS is looking for, how you can show you’ll be a great fit, and how you can make your application stand out. What are you waiting for? There’s still time to reserve your spot – don’t miss it.

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OK: you’ve decided to apply to b-school this year. How will you take advantage of this summer to prepare for fall’s deadlines? Will your application be ready? Will it be strong enough to impress the adcom and earn you a seat at the school of your dreams?

An MBA is a huge investment in your future, which is why it’s so important to get your strategy right. If you miscalculate, you risk getting dinged or stagnating in the wrong program for you. We’re here to help you apply right: your personal consultant will be at your side every step of the way to help you craft a successful MBA application strategy.

Summertime is the perfect time to get started! Not only will you get a jump on your application materials and have plenty of time to revise your essays, but you will also have a chance to SAVE BIG with our MBA summer special.

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McCombs combines its rigor with a passionate community. To create its desired community, it seeks a student body that is diverse in every dimension and comprises individuals who can bring together their varied voices to form a cohesive group. The questions below reflect this value; they draw out applicants’ individuality, motivations, and ability to collaborate, while also addressing the practical matters of goals and why you are seeking an MBA at McCombs.

Essays:

1. Introduce yourself. Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

• Write an essay (250 words), OR

• Share a video introduction (one minute)

First, choose from the two options – for the purpose of self-introduction, which medium is the most natural for you? That is the one you should use – both are equally good. Next decision: out of the universe that is you, what to say? I suggest a combination of distinctive professional and non-work points to reflect well-roundness – points that show the adcom what you’ll “bring to the table.” Another effective approach is to focus on one key event or experience, if that one element bridges your work and non-work spheres. Both communication options require brevity, so focus on the essential.

2. Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your two years as a Texas MBA student, and how that experience helped to prepare you for the post-MBA world. (500 words max)

The key here is to show that Texas McCombs is the right program for you, professionally and personally, that you understand the program, and that you have a plan to use its resources productively. It will be most efficient and (for most people I think) intuitive to start with the last part of the question first: where you are at graduation, in terms of imminent job – what position, what company, where geographically, what you will be accountable for. Because your post-MBA job will be the first step on a career path, you could also refer briefly to how you expect your career to evolve.

With that established, in the rest of the essay envision your time at Texas – in very specific terms. For example, since you are starting X job, describe what academic coursework (including electives) prepared you, and highlight other aspects of the academic program as relevant. Also, note activities that contributed to your goals, such as study groups, clubs, etc. Finally, consider adding some insight into the personal growth you gained while at Texas and how this prepares you for the “post-MBA world”.

 3. Optional Statement:

Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

I encourage you to write the optional essay. Just make sure you are submitting an informative optional essay that complements the required essays and adds to the reader’s knowledge of you and your qualifications. If you do not have “an area of concern to address,” this optional would be a great place to explore a non-professional interest or commitment of yours not addressed in your application. As always, if you have nothing to say, don’t say anything.

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UT McCombs MBA 2017-18 Application Deadlines:

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The application process is a tricky balancing act: You want to show your target schools that you’re a perfect match, but you don’t want to blend into the multitude of applicants or become just a number. How can you show your authentic self in the application process? How can you present your strengths, and stand out? This series shows you how.

So far, we’ve discussed two crucial ways to show you “fit” in a school’s applicant pool – demonstrating you can do the work and showing how your interests align with the school’s mission and culture. A third key way you can show your fit is by demonstrating you have a clear, realistic goal – a goal that the program will help you achieve.

Goals are an important part of the application process for many types of programs. That’s why MBA programs normally ask you about your post-MBA goals, and why grad programs in a variety of fields ask for a “statement of purpose” – they want to know that you have thought clearly about your plans and goals for the future, and what role their program will play in helping you get there. (If you’re applying to college, it’s OK for your goals to be more nebulous – but you can still start thinking about your interests.)

Some programs may ask you to describe both short- and long-term goals. Think about the industry you plan to work in, and how you hope to see your career develop.

Where Are You Headed? How Will You Get There?

If you’re early in your career, your goals may still be evolving – and that’s fine. The key here is that you have thought about the direction you want to go in and how the skills and training you’ll gain in the graduate program will help you get there. An example of this early-career goal dilemma: Some med school secondaries ask you to consider the direction your future career might take. Even if you’re really not sure which specialty you might choose, this is a place to think seriously about how you see your future career – what type of practice you envision, whether you want to incorporate research into your career, etc. They’re asking that question because they want to know you’ve thought seriously about your goals and understand the path you’re setting out on.

Using Your Goals to Stand Out

While having a clear, coherent goal is one of the things that will help you show you “fit” in a school’s pool of target applicants, your description of your goals/statement of purpose is also a way to stand out. What do we mean by that?

Your goal is unique, because you are unique, and the set of experiences that have prepared you (and motivated you) to pursue that goal are unique. Your goals essay/statement of purpose must connect your previous experiences and your future plans, and show how the school’s strengths meet your educational needs and will help you transform your plans into your future. Think about your experiences, and how they’ve helped shape your interests (and your goals for the future). Even if you’re going to grad school to change careers, there’s normally something in your experience that has set the foundation for your current interests.

Connect the dots for your readers. Show them how your path – a journey that is distinctive to you – has led you to your goals for grad school and your career.

In the next post in our Fitting In/Standing Out series, we’ll talk about how you can highlight your unique perspective in your application.

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This interview is the latest in an Accepted blog series featuring interviews with business students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top programs. And now, introducing Mischaela Elkins…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?

Mischaela: I’m originally from Southern Indiana but have lived in Chicago for the last eight years. I studied Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Finance at Indiana University. My first two years were spent in a legal studies program, so my undergrad experience was split between Corporate Legal Studies and Jurisprudence and Business studies.

Accepted: Where are you currently attending b-school? What year are you?

Mischaela: I am in my second term in the 15-month IE Business School Global MBA program. As the program is an accelerated and intensive 15 months, I’m still a first year – but so much has been packed into this time.

For those not familiar with IE, it is a European b-school located in Madrid, Spain. Ranked eighth globally, it is known for the tremendous diversity of its student body with an incredible amount of nationalities, cultures, and languages represented.

Accepted: Why did you choose IE? How did you know you were you a good fit?

Mischaela: I chose IE for the international student body and strong emphasis on cultural diversity. I absolutely see myself as a citizen of the world, and I wanted to learn, network, and make friends with people who have the same self impression and vision. I like the challenge and richness that cross-cultural friendships give you. And my classmates haven’t disappointed – they provide me with so much perspective and clarity on international affairs, global business and economy, and collaboration and communication. They are making me a better person – daily.

I knew I was a good fit for this program because I’ve always valued international cooperation and inclusion and have been fascinated by international business. On a more personal level, I have always developed a very international and diverse group of friends. The citizen of the world who is looking to change the world through entrepreneurship/business and private sector/NGO cooperation is the perfect IE candidate. Thankfully, that is just who I am.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about that program? Is there anything you’d change?

Mischaela: My favorite thing about the program is that we never deeply hold our beliefs or opinions – we keep challenging ourselves as individuals and as a collective. Our professors encourage this in us. There is a real attention to the thought that we can constantly collect data, re-assess, reformat, and change…innovate or die but with empathy and respect. This comes across in the learning and academics and in the social aspects of the program.

The only thing I’d change is that I would make the program longer, because I just don’t want to shift out of it! I am excited to graduate, but I love the coursework and meeting with my peers to discuss, debate, and create our deliverables. I will really miss it when I’ve completed the program.

Accepted: You’re a UN Global Goals Ambassador! How did you get involved with their work? How has this service shaped and changed your life and career?

Mischaela: I’ve been very involved with the more grassroots aspects of the United Nations through the work of the United Nations Association and The US National Committee for UN Women as well as UNICEF. I got involved with the UN Global Goals campaign through the United Nations Association and was selected to champion the Millennium Development Goal for Women’s Rights and Equality. This service, this platform and position, has colored everything I do professionally and I see it as a tremendous honor to be selected to be a voice and a figure in this issue in my community. It has made me more aware of my privilege as a woman with educational opportunities and economic freedom, and how my gender becomes less of a hindrance because of my societal status. Women who are less financially stable have much bigger problems. There is some degree of privilege in fighting to shatter the posh white collar glass ceiling and I don’t take even that struggle for granted.

Accepted: You’re the Founder and the current Managing Director of Minivest. What prompted you to start this organization? Can you tell us a little about what Minivest does?



Mischaela: I started Minivest as an expansion of my idea for the I Was Here campaign. I Was Here is a campaign and life commitment I’ve begun to touch the life of one person in every country on Earth in my lifetime. Originally, this idea was just going to be a blog I wrote to discuss each project I invested in – a very personal effort. I very quickly began to see the potential for this to be a viral social campaign, so I pivoted it to be a campaign within a larger organization. I am working on the specifics of another campaign called Trade Zero to leverage a day or even an hour of commissions with Financial Services providers to combat human trafficking with partners like the Polaris organization. I plan to launch many more in the future.

It is my aim to develop innovative ways to siphon off small funding from crowdsourced efforts and bundle them in creative, awe-inspiring campaigns. This is the aim of Minivest, to be a vehicle for these campaigns. The Minivest slogan is “Small capital, big change,” which speaks to the ability for small financing and microphilanthropy to enact real change when enough people get involved. I want to change the dialogue around philanthropy, international development, and planned giving and ensure it’s not just in the domain of billionaires and scions. It’s my life’s mission to leverage FinTech to change the world. What we have is not a scarcity issue – what we have is poorly allocated resources on a global scale.

Accepted: With all that philanthropic work under your belt, what do you plan on doing after graduation?

Mischaela: I plan to continue my career evolution in FinTech and keep leveling up in my understanding of the financial markets, allocation of supply and demand, global economics, and of course designing and building technology solutions that democratize free markets and open exchange for people. I also intend to learn more about impact investing and develop myself as an authority on microfunding, which is a broader term for both microfinance/microcredit and microphilanthropy.

My eventual life passion and long term goal is to work for the United Nations headquarters, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, The Foreign Service, or on assignment abroad on strategies pertaining to leveraging technology to solve complex issues. In my MBA experience and throughout my career thus far, I’ve really developed a skillset for dissecting a problem and understanding the little cogs of inefficiency, lack of transparency, and lack of resourcing that bring about a core problem. Many of the challenges we see as a people are solvable through innovation and a succinct application of technology.

I want to be the one who charts the course and motivates a group of talented people to create solutions that rewrite global norms and truths about poverty, human rights, and more. In my lifetime I’ve already seen social media help people incite political change and fight for their own justice and emancipation and I’ve seen FinTech change how people fund their businesses and grow their livelihoods all over the world. This is just the beginning.

Accepted: Lastly, what are your top three tips for getting the most out of your b-school experience?

Mischaela:

1. Expect to learn more from your classmates and their experience than from your professor. It is pretty common among MBAs to be highly driven and competitive, but in your MBA it’s important to orient your way of thinking to the fact that you will learn more if you learn from your peers. Hearing their explanation for a concept or their application of a method or analysis through the unique filter of their occupation, education, and background will make your experience so much richer. Don’t see them as your competitors, see them as your teachers.

2. Be more open minded than usual. My MBA was a really eye opening experience for me in terms of showing me just how much I make judgments, perceptions, or form ideas and opinions with more than a little bias or built-in thinking. Being accepted into a program with a highly diverse student body (approx. 100 different nations represented in a class of 120) has really pushed me to listen three times as much as I talk (the usual saying is listen twice as much as you talk). Admittedly, early in my program I judged certain concepts in business, industries, and approaches with inherited thinking. What’s worse is I often judged some nations, cultures, or people in the same way. My MBA experience has taught me to question my reactions and question my deeply held beliefs and forever keep assessing. Don’t settle your mind on something and put blinders on, question everything and consider everything. Labyrinth thinking (as in just channeling yourself forward in a set path) will get you nowhere, you must think about life and business like teleportation. You can go anywhere, just choose. Don’t railroad track yourself in one direction.

3. Time management should be your “minor.” If business strategy and all it entails is your “major” in your MBA, then time management should be your minor. This time in your life is likely the moment you’ll feel the big shift to being highly accountable for every minute of your schedule. As an executive in training, when you graduate from MBA you’ll likely be on track for the kind of job where time management is absolutely key. Life is about to move at a faster speed and on a higher level, so study and read all you can on good time management strategies before, during, and after your MBA.

Interested in following Mischaela? You can check out her blog Mischaela.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook. Thank you for Mischaela for sharing your story and advice – we wish you much success! 

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Welcome to the Team, J. Scott Brownlee!
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We’re excited to welcome Scott Brownlee to our staff. Scott is an admissions expert with two master’s degrees himself, a Masters in Library Science and a Masters in Fine Arts. He has 10 years of experience working directly with college and grad school applicants and as an NYU pre-law and premed advisor, committee member for NYU’s Postbac Program, Assistant Director of NYU’s University Learning Center, and interviewer for NYU Undergrad Admissions.

Scott has taught writing at the college level for more than five years, helping countless students clarify their pre-law, premed, and other career objectives. He is committed to helping students reach their higher ed goals and specializes in helping clients tell their unique stories and polish their application essays until they shine.

Welcome to Accepted, Scott – we’re thrilled to have you join our team!

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FROM Accepted.com Blog: Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines
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Chicago Booth has always prided itself on admitting students who can handle ambiguity and lack of structure. And its application reflects that principle. In spades. This year’s Booth application, like last year’s, also mirrors Chicago’s pride in its distinctive culture. This essay/presentation question, a modified version of last year’s prompt, is about as open-ended and original as it gets.

The prompt wording has changed and become more succinct, but the intent is the same: To get to know you and see how you think. And to see how you will fit into Booth’s community. Booth shares more thoughts and advice on its blog.

My tips are in blue below.

Essay:

View this collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.

Presentation/Essay Guidelines

• Want to illustrate your response visually? Submit a slide presentation. Like to express yourself with words? Write a traditional essay. Use the format that you feel best captures your response, the Admissions Committee has no preference.

Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.

Technical Guidelines

File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.

Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and PowerPoint. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.

Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.

A few thoughts:

Should you write an essay or use a visual presentation? That depends on you. If you are talented visually and love graphics and powerpoint, use a visual medium as long as it will translate to PDF. If you are a “words person” who prefers expressing your thoughts in writing, write the response. Do what will make it easiest for you to express your essence.

Don’t take the lack of a word limit as a license to write the great American novel or your culture’s equivalent of War and Peace. Don’t use more words or take more of their time than necessary. Don’t mistake quantity for quality. This is a great place for you to show judgment – preferably good judgment.

Optional Essay:

Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300 words maximum)

This is an open-ended optional question. You can use it to provide context for a weakness or blemish in your record. Or, you can use it to highlight an experience or aspect of your background that you didn’t have room for elsewhere and that you would like the Booth adcom to know about as they consider your application.

This question, unlike the required question, does have a word limit. Respect it.

Also keep in mind that the optional is not for repeating what’s found elsewhere. It’s for “additional information.” Don’t waste your readers time with repetition or the misplaced grand finale.

Reapplicant Essay:

Upon reflection, how has your perspective regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application? (300 words maximum)

The answer to this question is critical for MBA reapplicants, and it’s different from most reapplication essays in that it’s more about your perspective than what you’ve done. Chicago  wants to see growth and development. Same ol’, same ‘ol got you a ding last time and probably will again this time.

Let this brief essay show a maturation and evolution of your goals and reasons for wanting to attend Chicago Booth. Let it also reveal that you meet Chicago’s criteria better this year than last.

If you would like professional guidance with your Chicago Booth MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Booth application. 

Chicago Booth 2017-18 MBA Application Deadlines:

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The Wharton EMBA adcom, through its three required questions, expresses its values and its interest in a relationship with students who share those values. Each of the questions highlights a different facet of this relationship. Respecting, recognizing, and responding to that vision through your essays will be the key to a successful application.

Essay question 1 focuses on your goals and Wharton’s role in helping you achieve them.

Essay question 2 invites you to share your understanding of Wharton more broadly and delineate your fit with Wharton’s culture and community.

Essay question 3 seeks confirmation that you understand in practical terms what a commitment to attending the program involves.

My tips for answering Wharton’s EMBA essay questions are in blue below.

Essays:

1. What are your career objectives and how will the Wharton MBA Program for Executives contribute to your attainment of this objective? (750 word limit)

You may want to start by discussing your current career situation to set the context, and clarify how the MBA education will enable you to achieve your immediate goals in your current role. You can then naturally move on to your future goals. In describing your goals at any given point, indicate why you are taking that step or pursuing that role. Put more detail on the roles you plan immediately post-MBA and the several years following; longer-term goals need less detail, but they still should present a clear direction.

In discussing how the program will benefit you, be specific: describe what skills and knowledge you need, and how the program meets those needs. Also refer to the structure and special features of the program, detailing how they will support you and your goals.

2. In his groundbreaking Ted Talk “Are You a Giver or a Taker?” Adam Grant describes three primary personality types in the workplace: givers, takers, and matchers. Based on your understanding of yourself and our program, how do you intend to give and take as a student at Wharton? (750 word limit)

First, listen to the Ted Talk, and ground your essay in its concepts of givers, takers, and matchers. As you write, occasionally refer to the talk and integrate it into your discussion. Doing so conveys engagement with ideas that are clearly important to the Wharton EMBA adcom.

Essay 1 addresses how Wharton supports your goals specifically; this question focuses on Wharton as a broader community and culture and on you as a person. Professional factors will certainly be part of your answer, but there may well be community, social, personal and other facets of life where you and Wharton intersect. That said, don’t explain how you will give and take as a Wharton student – frankly, future, prospective activity isn’t all that interesting or credible. Rather, SHOW the adcom how you will give and take (and match) by providing brief examples of how you have done so already.

Not only will using example and anecdote to make your points be more credible, vivid, and interesting than the drone of explanation, it also gives you an opportunity to strategically showcase aspects of your life and experience that distinguish you and/or enhance your application.

3. Given your already demanding job and the desire to remain committed to important family and personal obligations, how do you plan to handle this additional demand on your time once you enroll? (500 word limit)

This straightforward question deserves a straightforward answer. Discuss the accommodations you will make at work, such as delegating more, adjusting travel schedules, etc. Don’t tell them every single thing you can think of – focus on the most significant two or three adjustments.

Also address your personal responsibilities and how you will meet them with this additional significant demand on your time and energy; even acknowledging that you’ll have less time at the playground with your toddler or mentioning the support of your significant other will show that you’re facing this issue squarely. If you’ve already successfully balanced school and working full time, by all means mention it.

Optional Essay. Please explain any extenuating circumstances you feel the Admissions Committee should be aware of (e.g., unexplained gaps in your work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent academic performance). You may also take this opportunity to share other aspects of your life that you feel have shaped you that the Admissions Committee would not otherwise have learned from your application or resume. (500 word limit)

You can use the optional essay not just to explain a problem (low GMAT, employment gap) but also to present new material that will further illuminate your candidacy. However, if you do the latter, use good judgment and make sure your points are germane to and truly enhance your application. For structuring the essay, first, succinctly explain any points that need explaining. Then, if there is some additional content, write about it succinctly.

If you would like professional guidance with your Wharton EMBA application, check out Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the Wharton EMBA application.

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