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Essays from Year to Year [#permalink]

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So I am waiting to apply to B-School until Fall 08, but I am wondering about how consistent the essays tend to be year-to-year. Are they relatively similar? In other words, can I start to think about how I want to answer some of the essays that I see now?

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You can pretty much guarantee a "what are your goals, why mba, why now, why our schools" essay.

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Right...

Unlikely that you will see the same set of essays. But overall the theme is similar : Why MBA, Long-term & short-term goals, How you can contribute to the diversity of a particular school, Leadership examples, time when you faced a challenge at work, ethical dilemma etc.

Once you have good answers to these kind of questions, just a matter of using these common themes and fine-tuning to each school.

Many folks suggest that you start with Kellogg's essays as they cover most of the areas you will see elsewhere. Good luck.

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So I am waiting to apply to B-School until Fall 08, but I am wondering about how consistent the essays tend to be year-to-year. Are they relatively similar? In other words, can I start to think about how I want to answer some of the essays that I see now?

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New post 02 Jan 2008, 19:42
Yup, Kellogg and Haas essay questions usually cover a lot of ground for most other schools. HBS and MIT often have very different questions, and then there is the dreaded Stanford's "What Matters Most and Why" question.

I would highly suggest you get Richard Montauk's MBA guide, and maybe Paul Bodine's book too to get yourself started. They analyze all the typical essays and give you a couple sample essays each (usually the essays are way over length though).
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