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Calling all Stanford GSB MBA Applicants: (2018 Intake) Class of 2020!!

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Well, I have finished early drafts of a few schools, and gearing to start the big S. I guess what I am struggling with is bringing down to what matters to me to a basic primary level. I totally agree with what hlin mentioned that it needs to be deeper than what has mattered to you over the last few years.

How are you guys doing that introspection? Anybody interested in some peer review?
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Interesting -- I have always recommended my clients start with Stanford first, PRECISELY because it forces you to do the kind of deep introspection that is going to be leveragable for all programs afterward. I find that what matters most to someone (and the more important "why") usually in some ways is connected to their career goals or future plans outside of work (like being a board member of a nonprofit whose work is important to the applicant for some personal reason, etc.). And so once the Stanford set of essays is complete (along with the app's mini essay), there is a lot of great content that can often be repurposed for other schools and it's already well thought out with the "why."

For Question 1 I tell clients to think about all of the most memorable moments in their lives -- things that really changed them or that stick in their memory for some reason. I also have them ask family members and lifelong friends for stories from their childhood and younger years that are "Classic Bob" (or whoever) - usually there is a pattern that emerges regarding something that applicant has always been into or cared about, even since their earliest days. To me, those are the strongest essays -- they show commitment to or action taken on something the client cared about for years if not decades.

Not everyone who is accepted into Stanford is going to have some sort of overarching life theme, of course, but I feel like many do and I would encourage applicants to spent A LOT of time thinking about it and asking others for their memories/stories before they get going on their drafts.

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Aaliyah537, I do think that is seriously good advice, and I know the blog you are referring to, and they are known to make solid posts. My 2 bits is that you will never know when that lightbulb will go off, and it is more likely that it will while you are working on some other essays. That said, it should not stop you from writing the Why Stanford content.

hlin - I'd be curious to know if you are willing to share your what matters most and why approach. How did you tackle it?

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Thanks, SBCErikaOlson for the suggestions. Even I'm yet to start brainstorming for Stanford. I can figure out what I can draft for "Why Stanford" but as souvik101990, I'm struck in deciding what I should draft for "What Matters Most. May be your suggestions would really help. I know Stanford values community oriented things. Should I include that and show the integrity and leadership in my 1st essay as well?
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I would suggest a different approach -- it sounds like you're trying to write what you think they want to hear and shoehorn examples in, which is usually not a good strategy for What Matters Most (or really, any MBA essay).

I would think back on your life and see if there is a common thread to things you've done that you're proudest of, or a theme to times you've taken action or initiative. Some of the stories could even be from childhood or when you were younger. If a common thread emerges, that's probably a hint as to what your "answer" is to What Matters Most. You have to be genuine and back up your answer with proof (things you've done/actions you've taken) about the thing you're claiming is all-important to you.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks, SBCErikaOlson for the suggestions. Even I'm yet to start brainstorming for Stanford. I can figure out what I can draft for "Why Stanford" but as souvik101990, I'm struck in deciding what I should draft for "What Matters Most. May be your suggestions would really help. I know Stanford values community oriented things. Should I include that and show the integrity and leadership in my 1st essay as well?

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I would suggest a different approach -- it sounds like you're trying to write what you think they want to hear and shoehorn examples in, which is usually not a good strategy for What Matters Most (or really, any MBA essay).

I would think back on your life and see if there is a common thread to things you've done that you're proudest of, or a theme to times you've taken action or initiative. Some of the stories could even be from childhood or when you were younger. If a common thread emerges, that's probably a hint as to what your "answer" is to What Matters Most. You have to be genuine and back up your answer with proof (things you've done/actions you've taken) about the thing you're claiming is all-important to you.

Hope that helps!


Thanks again for your suggestion. I will try based on the approach you provided. :-D
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Dear All,

it looks like there aren't that many questions for our chat session.
Maybe we should postpone it for a later date?
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