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2019 - 2020 NYU Stern MBA Essay Analysis  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: 2019 - 2020 NYU Stern MBA Essay Analysis
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For those candidates who have their hearts set on relocating to (or remaining in) New York City, NYU Stern might be a great option. NYU Stern is the #12 full-time MBA program and #4 part-time MBA program according to US News & World Reports. Unlike many other top programs, NYU Stern has a round 2 application deadline in November (11/15/2019) which is great if you did not make round 1 but prefer not to wait until January to submit everything. There is also a round 3 deadline on January 15, 2020 and a round 4 deadline on March 15, 2020.
Please see below for Personal MBA Coach’s tips on how to answer this year’s essay questions.
Essay 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 first essay should be very straightforward. As with any other goal-oriented essay, you want to be specific. Include both the role you hope to have and a discussion of what you wish to accomplish in this role. Your short-term goal and your long-term goal should flow naturally (be prepared to explain if they do not).
While I would not repeat your resume in this essay, some brief context behind these goals would be appropriate. Include just enough detail to let the reader know where you are today so that these goals make sense.
Finally, devote a good chunk of the essay to explaining how an MBA (and specifically Stern) will help. Think about your skill gaps and how an MBA will close these gaps. It is important that you allow adequate time to research all that Stern has to offer. I suggest being very specific in detailing the opportunities you plan to take advantage of on campus. Think about classes you are particularly interested in or perhaps professors you are looking to study with, etc. Do not include a laundry list. Instead, carefully think through how each offering will allow you to fill in your skill and/or experience gaps.
Essay 2: 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.
There are no wrong answers here as this is your chance to let the reader into your world. You do want to include a well-rounded mix of photos that tell the reader more about you. While a mix of personal and professional photos can work well, some candidates will only include personal details. Think about what makes you unique and what values drive you as you select these images. Finally, follow the directions. One sentence is ONE sentence. Have fun with this one and feel free to be creative.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
M7 Essay Analysis
Acing The MBA Interview
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From Berkeley Haas to Yale SOM: MBA Essay Analysis Beyond the M7  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: From Berkeley Haas to Yale SOM: MBA Essay Analysis Beyond the M7
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While the M7 business schools (Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Stanford GSB, Chicago Booth and Wharton) get a lot of attention, there are numerous compelling MBA program options beyond the M7 schools.
In fact, the average Personal MBA Coach client applies to five business schools, some of which will fall beyond the M7. This is why we have put together our latest eBook: MBA Essay Analysis: Beyond the M7. In this book we include our tips on how to tackle the 2019-2020 MBA application essays for seven top business schools outside of the M7, including:
Berkeley Haas: #6 (2019 US News & World Reports),Duke Fuqua: #10 (2019 US News & World Reports)Michigan Ross: #10 (2019 US News & World Reports)NYU Stern: #12 (2019 US News & World Reports)UCLA Anderson: #16 (2019 US News & World Reports)UVA Darden: #12 (2019 US News & World Reports)Yale SOM: #9 (2019 US News & World Reports)
Whether round 1 did not go as planned or you are just now developing your round 2 strategy, one or more of these programs may be great options for you to consider.
This eBook is offered to all Personal MBA Coach newsletter subscribers! Sign up today.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
M7 Essay Analysis
Acing The MBA Interview
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Wharton and Michigan Ross: Tackling the MBA Group Interview  [#permalink]

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New post 23 Oct 2019, 12:02
FROM Personal MBA Coach: Wharton and Michigan Ross: Tackling the MBA Group Interview
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The group interview is something that causes anxiety for many MBA applicants. This topic is particularly top of mind now as Michigan Ross just released round 1 interview invites and Wharton round 1 interview invitations are expected on October 29th.
Each school approaches the group interview slightly differently. For Michigan Ross, this 30-minute team-based activity is optional but with preparation, participating can work in your favor. We always encourage applicants to participate in the interview if possible.
The Wharton TBD (Team Based Discussion), on the other hand, is required for all candidates invited to interview and includes the following three components:
1. Each candidate gives a one-minute introduction to the group, providing an opportunity to get to know one another (this is the first 5 minutes).
2. This is followed by a 35-minute team discussion, during which you should present the results of your discussion to the interviewers. Part of this is delivering your “pitch” and part is the broader team chat.
3. Once the group exercise is done, you will have a brief individual 1:1 interview to discuss a couple aspects of your profile and your interest in Wharton.
This year, Personal MBA Coach will be offering à la carte group interview sessions for both Michigan Ross and Wharton (see below for details), giving candidates a unique opportunity to practice this difficult interview. We have former Wharton TBD interviewers to conduct these sessions! You can practice with an interviewer who evaluated over 70 applicants last year in person at Wharton and knows exactly how to help you ace the TBD.
Group interviews are a bit more complicated to prepare for, but once you learn how to address them, they can actually be easier than a regular interview. As you prepare, read these five tips for candidates on how to effectively tackle the group interview.
1. Do not be the loudest one in the room.
In an effort to stand out, it can be tempting to dominate the conversation. We do not advise this approach. The group interview is a great way to assess how a candidate is likely to act in classroom discussions and during group meetings. Admissions committee members are looking for leaders who are able to actively contribute, but they are not interested in someone who will talk over their peers and force their opinions on others.
2. You also do not want to be the quietest one in the room.
While you do not want to dominate, you also should not be a wallflower. It is important to stand out in the crowd (to some extent) and ensure that your opinions and voice are heard. This means that you need to strike a delicate (but difficult) balance here.
3. Be respectful.
This should be obvious but is important enough to mention. Bringing in new points of view does not mean debunking what others have to say. If you disagree with someone in the group, be respectful and politely add another perspective with being critical or rude.
4. Think about opportunities to build on an existing point of view.
You might believe that in order to stand out, you have to be the one to come up with a unique idea or a differing opinion. This is not necessarily the case. Collaboration is key during business school and in the broader business world and looking for ways to build off another idea or suggestion can be extremely beneficial. Think about where you can add the “and” instead of the “but” or the “or” here.
5. Do your research and plan ahead.
As with any other interview, it is important to adequately prepare for a group interview. Wharton will release the topic in advance, giving candidates the opportunity to come prepared. Heed this advice and arrive with specific and well researched talking points. However, be flexible and be prepared to pivot as needed.
As a Wharton alum, I conduct a limited number of unique TBD practice sessions with my team of former M7 interviewers to help candidates. These sessions, which will begin in early November, will mirror the actual Wharton interview, providing candidates an opportunity to work together with other applicants during a group session. They will then be followed by one-on-one interviews with former M7 MBA interviewers. Each participant will receive our proprietary interview preparation guide and a personal feedback session.
We are also planning similar sessions for the first time this year for the Michigan Ross group interview. See here for details.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
M7 Essay Analysis
Acing The MBA Interview
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Fine-tuning Your MBA Application Plan After an Early Rejection  [#permalink]

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New post 30 Oct 2019, 11:02
FROM Personal MBA Coach: Fine-tuning Your MBA Application Plan After an Early Rejection
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Yesterday, Wharton joined the growing list of schools to roll out the first round of rejections, releasing those not offered an interview. As round 1 decisions begin to roll in, many candidates are not receiving the news they had hoped for. While this is no doubt disappointing, do not give up hope. Personal MBA Coach would like to help you develop a strategy to realize your MBA and career dreams.
Candidates rejected from their target schools during round 1 have two options for continuing to pursue their MBA dreams.
Option 1: Apply to additional schools during round 2.
If now is really the ideal time for you to get an MBA (see our advice on this here), or if you were shooting for the stars with your round 1 list, you should consider altering your strategy and submitting additional applications during round 2. Round 2 is a very viable option! In fact last year, it was easier to get into some schools in round 2 than round 1.
Follow these 3 key pieces of advice:
1) Broaden Your School List.
Unfortunately, not everyone can earn an MBA from HBS. In some cases, it comes down to a numbers game: your profile is great but there were simply too many qualified former consultants from your native country in this year’s pool, making it even harder to stand out. This is why my average candidate applies to 5 schools. For some, this means having schools from a range of tiers. For others, this means spreading your eggs across multiple top-tier school baskets.
Of course, for all candidates, your target list must match your candidate profile. Be sure that you not only have a wide enough list, but one that is reasonable based on your GPA, GMAT/GRE and professional experience. Personal MBA Coach prides itself on offering open and honest feedback on your chances of success at any given school. We want our candidates to reach high, but we also will not sugarcoat your chances for you.
2) Retake the GMAT/GRE.
Even though time is limited for January deadlines, you may want to consider retaking the GMAT/GRE or switching from one exam to the other. Remember, depending on your profile and background, you might need a score above the average to be competitive. This is particularly true if you had a lower GPA or are from an overrepresented applicant pool. As you plan to re-take the exam, consider your previous preparation. Did you get help last time around? If not, consider hiring a personal tutor who can give you targeted advice on how to improve your score.
3) Improve Your Application Development and Interview Preparation.
Finally, reapplicants should focus on improving all aspects of the application itself. As you develop a new plan, take an honest look at your application (or we offer a ding report service to do this for you) and think about whether your story clearly and consistently came across. Some questions you should consider include: Have you shown your unique value add? Did you share what truly makes you shine? Were your career goals clear? Did you actually answer the questions? Did you show passion? If you received an interview invite: How did the conversation go? Were you adequately prepared?
Option 2: Strengthen your profile and apply again next year.
For those of you willing to wait another year to give your dream school a shot, consider these 3 pieces of advice in addition to the suggestions above:
1) Improve Your Extracurricular Activities.
Step up your involvement outside of work. Seek leadership positions within your existing organizations or consider joining a new activity or group. For more details, read our blog: Improving Your Extracurricular Profile.
2) Look for Leadership Opportunities at Work.
In any way you can, take on more at the office. A promotion is of course ideal, but even if that is not possible, look for ways to stretch yourself within your existing role. Or consider volunteering for internal committees or projects to help strengthen your company and culture. Review these tips on how to make your career work harder for you for more specific suggestions.
3) Address Your Skill Gaps.
Think about where you are weakest and see what you can do now to close these gaps. Is there a course you could take to improve your analytical skills? Perhaps you got an interview but did not get accepted? If so, consider options for improving your presentation and interview skills. Everyone has weaknesses; take the time now to address yours.
By starting early for next year, you can take the time to fine-tune your story, rethink your LOR strategy and ensure all aspects of your application work together cohesively. Every year we successfully advise reapplicants on what to change (and what not to) to increase their chances of success.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
M7 Essay Analysis
Essay Analysis Beyond The M7
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Bloomberg Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings  [#permalink]

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New post 06 Nov 2019, 13:02
FROM Personal MBA Coach: Bloomberg Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings
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Bloomberg Businessweek released the 2019-2020 Best Business School Rankings earlier this week. Personal MBA Coach would like to share our thoughts on the latest rankings and business school rankings in general.
According to Bloomberg, “The Bloomberg Businessweek 2019-20 Best B-Schools ranking is based on 26,804 survey responses from MBA students, alumni, and recruiters in 2019 about their goals and experiences, as well as compensation and job placement data from each school.”
For the second year in a row, Stanford GSB claimed the first place spot. However, the most surprising news from this year’s rankings is Tuck’s rise to the #2 position, up from #19 last year. This is a nice recovery for Tuck, which took an unusually large decline in 2018.
Harvard Business School secured the #3 position, matching its previous year performance. Chicago Booth placed 4th (up one slot from last year), while UVA Darden jumped four spaces to #5.
Wharton fell four spaces to the #6 spot, yet was ranked #1 in terms of compensation. MIT Sloan fell three places to #7 and Berkeley Haas dropped two spots to #8. Columbia Business School and Kellogg rounded out this year’s top 10.
GMAT scores overall fell slightly at some schools last year, yet remain high with most top 10 schools reporting scores in the 720-732 range.
In addition to the overall ranking discussed above, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked schools across additional categories including Compensation, Networking and Entrepreneurship. As mentioned above, Wharton placed #1 in Compensation, Dartmouth Tuck took the #1 Networking spot and Stanford GSB also claimed the #1 ranking for Entrepreneurship.
Also notable are the schools that rounded out the top 20, which include (in order of ranking): Cornell Johnson, UCLA Anderson, NYU Stern, Yale SOM, Carnegie Mellon Tepper, Washington Foster, Michigan Ross, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Georgetown McDonough and Duke Fuqua (which fell five spaces from last year).
I would like to remind everyone of the most important things to keep in mind when evaluating rankings: Average ranking over time is much more important than year to year fluctuation and rankings vary considerably across sources.
This year’s surprises and shifts are additional reminders of the value (for some applicants) of broadening your school list beyond the M7 schools. In addition, beyond rankings, it is important to look at job placement. You can often land your dream job after graduating from a number of similar schools. Depending on your post-MBA goals, you may also want to pay more attention to some of the specialized rankings that exist. Just because a school is higher ranked overall does not mean that it will do a better job at preparing you for your next job, especially if you are not going for a more standard goal like consulting or banking.
Finally, with the lines blurring between top schools, available financing should be a key consideration. You may be able to secure more substantial funding from one school vs. another: last year, my clients earned over $4.5M in scholarships. Often you will be better served selecting a school with a slightly lower ranking but a more favorable financial package. Some M7 schools are very generous with scholarships and others are not.
As a reminder, do not overreact to these new rankings but do keep an open mind to expanding your MBA list.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
2020 US News & World Reports Rankings
Essay Analysis Beyond The M7
ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Personal MBA Coach’s Accelerated 7-Week MBA Application Plan  [#permalink]

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Personal MBA Coach’s Accelerated 7-Week MBA Application Plan
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Fall is flying by and the winter holidays are just around the corner. While many of us are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, it is also a reminder that round 2 MBA application deadlines will be here before we know it.
To keep you on track, Personal MBA Coach has included a roundup of application deadlines below along with our advice on how to best use the next ~two months. While many of our clients are well into the editing phase, with finalized school lists and GMAT/GRE under their belts, if you are just getting started, we can help you get back on track.
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Here is our accelerated 7-week MBA Application Plan:
Week 1: Finalize your school list and testing plans
If you have not yet taken the GMAT/GRE or have yet to achieve your target score, you should schedule your test and begin your test preparation ASAP. While you can take the test at any time during this 7-week window (be mindful of some “test deadlines” based on the school), be sure to develop a concrete plan today.
Similarly, if you have not finalized your school lists, that should be priority number 1. Do online research, speak to current students or alumni within your networks and attend any school events or tours near you. There may not be adequate time to plan a campus visit before you apply, but do not let this deter you from applying this year if the time is right for you.
Week 2: Select and prepare your recommenders and develop your MBA resume
Next, you should be selecting your recommenders. I have written extensively on selecting and preparing your recommenders in case you need help deciding who you should ask to write on your behalf or determining what information to provide them with. Remember, well-thought-out letters take time and your recommenders are busy; do not wait any longer to ask them, especially with the holidays just around the corner.
In addition, all applicants will need an MBA resume - more on this here. As an added benefit, developing this resume will force you to take stock of your accomplishments, helping you to determine what to include throughout your applications.
Weeks 3, 4 and 5: Write, Write, Write
Ideally, we want to have at least one month for this process. However, if you are diligent (we suggest our clients send a new draft every 2 days and return edits within 2 days), this timeline is possible (depending on the # of schools you apply to). First, get your thoughts on paper. Think through your career goals, why you want an MBA, what you hope to learn from the program and what makes you unique. Most accomplishments from your resume will not fit into your essays and this is to be expected. Then begin drafting one question at a time. I advise you to begin with the easiest schools or questions as your writing will improve throughout the process. However, if your timing is very tight, start with the application due first.
Week 6: Short Answer Questions
Do not forget to leave plenty of time to answer the short answer questions. Read each requirement carefully (often candidates get thrown off by questions with character limits vs word limits) and minimize repetition.
Week 7: Proofread!!!
Be sure to leave PLENTY of time to proofread. Whenever possible, avoid writing during the last week or two and get someone unfamiliar with your work to proof your application. Our clients’ applications are proofread by an expert proofreader who was not involved during the application development process.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings
Essay Analysis Beyond The M7

ForumBlogs - GMAT Club’s latest feature blends timely Blog entries with forum discussions. Now GMAT Club Forums incorporate all relevant information from Student, Admissions blogs, Twitter, and other sources in one place. You no longer have to check and follow dozens of blogs, just subscribe to the relevant topics and forums on GMAT club or follow the posters and you will get email notifications when something new is posted. Add your blog to the list! and be featured to over 300,000 unique monthly visitors

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Personal MBA Coach’s Five MBA Essay Writing Guiding Principles  [#permalink]

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New post 22 Nov 2019, 07:38
FROM Personal MBA Coach: Personal MBA Coach’s Five MBA Essay Writing Guiding Principles
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This is the time of year when essay writing is top of mind for most MBA round 2 hopefuls. While Personal MBA Coach has published detailed tips on how to handle most of the top MBA application questions, there are a few key pieces of advice that hold true regardless of the question, and these bear repeating. As you write your essays, keep these five guiding principles in mind.
1) Answer the question ASKED
It is surprising how often candidates write beautiful essays but do not answer the question. Instead of writing what you want to show off, answer the question. While thinking a bit outside of the box and considering the why behind an essay prompt is advised, first and foremost you must answer the question.
2) Write authentically
Do not write what you think admissions committee members want to read. There is no one perfect candidate profile. Instead, your uniqueness will be one of your greatest selling points. Your essays should paint a clear picture of who you are, what motivates you, and what you are passionate about. Do not feel compelled to show how you fit the mold that seemingly makes up the “ideal” candidate. If you have no desire to run a non-profit, that is ok. If you are not motivated by improving the environment, do not pretend you are. Readers will see right through this and you could end up doing more harm than good.
3) Be succinct and avoid repetition
Keep in mind that the essays are just one part of the application. In addition to submitting an MBA resume (Unsure how to write an MBA resume? Check out these tips), most schools will have you fill out a detailed application. This means admissions committee members will read about everything you have accomplished, all roles you have held, and the awards that you have won. There is no need to try to fit this all into your essays. So instead of squeezing in as much as you can, focus on sharing a few key highlights and adding the details as well as your voice. This is your chance to explain your choices, show your accomplishments, and share your passions. The fewer things you try to cover in your essays, the more you will be able to achieve this objective.
4) Keep your language approachable
The terms you regularly discuss at the office may be foreign to others, including admissions committee members. When in doubt, do not assume the reader is familiar with everything about your job. Focus on language that is more general and easier to use to compare you with other applicants. Admissions committee members do not need or want all of the technical details anyway.
5) Limit flowery prose
Similarly, I often read complex flowery prose. You are not submitting your essays for a Pulitzer Prize or applying to become a professional writer. Instead, you are telling your story. While of course you want your essays to be well written and free from grammatical mistakes and typos, you also want them to be relatable and easy to follow. Everyone, from your grandmother to a professor of microfinance, should be able to understand your essays. They should also convey why you are someone others would want to study with, learn from, and eventually be inspired by. That type of person is human and down to earth. Your essays should show this.
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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Do’s and Don’ts for Involving Your Family and Friends in Your MBA Applications
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Those of us in the United States are busy planning for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and will be sharing time with our family and closest friends later this week. For those outside of the US, in spirit you may be doing the same! Naturally, your MBA applications are likely to become a topic of conversation. Far too often, I have seen clients derailed by well-meaning but ill-informed parents or colleagues.
Whether or not you are celebrating this week, determining when and how to involve your friends and family in your MBA application is always a challenge. To help you wrestle with this, I have put together some do’s and don’ts for involving others in your MBA pursuits.
Family Involvement Do’s:
Your friends, family and colleagues can have very beneficial roles, if they limit their involvement.
Seek out your family and friends for moral support: There is no doubt that applying to business school is draining and time-consuming, particularly on top of working full time. Do not be afraid to ask for support. Moral support can help you manage the inevitable ups and downs of the process. In addition, you will likely have less time for other obligations during this busy time. Take up the offer for dinner, do not be afraid to do a bit less cooking this holiday season and understand you may have to say no sometimes. Your family will forgive you!
Ask your family and friends to access their networks: Naturally, networking is key throughout the MBA application process. Your friends and family can be great sources to find alums from your target schools (or in your future target industries). In some cases, such alums can even write effective character reference letters. In other cases, alums and current students are good avenues for conducting research on schools and including such insider information in your applications. Use these networks wherever possible!
Use those closest to you for an authenticity test: While I advise treading carefully when sharing your essays with your family (more on this later), family members can provide a great authenticity check. As I have written many times, being authentic is crucial during the application process. Ask your mom or brother to read your essays and see if your voice is clear. You want to ensure that your essays sound like you! This is particularly helpful in early drafts when there is time to incorporate their feedback.
Let your family tell you if your essays are too technical or difficult to follow: Your family can also be a great reality check source to ensure your essays are easy to understand. Ask your family members if they can follow what you are talking about. Far too often, essays become too technical or convoluted. In most cases, your family and friends do not work in the same industry and can offer a true independent comprehensive test.
Ask your family to help you brainstorm potential topics: The people who know you best can also be excellent resources when you are stumped for topics or stories. Brainstorming together is a great way to solicit feedback in a low risk environment. When you are collecting a long list of ideas, you do not have to worry as much about insulting someone by not following their feedback.
Family Involvement Don’ts
While there are countless ways your family can be helpful in the application process, they can also easily derail you. Generally, your family members are not experts in the MBA application process. Even if you are speaking to another business school graduate, things may have changed considerably since she applied to school. In addition, best practices vary broadly by school and circumstance. So, as you ask for help, be careful!
Do not have your friends or family re-write essays that are nearly finished: Far too often, I have seen family or friends Monday morning quarterback strong MBA application essays. Most often, they do not have the whole picture of your application, do not know what the school is truly looking for or simply feel the need to critique. Last minute changes are rarely for the better and there will always be countless opinions. Do not scrap an essay you have been working on for months just weeks before submission because Uncle Joe who went to HBS 30 years ago does not agree with your essays. Unless your essays are difficult to follow or sound inauthentic, take others’ opinions with a grain of salt.
Do not let your family or friends question your school list: This same advice goes for school lists. I have had prospective clients tell me that they should be a shoe-in at Columbia even with a 660 GMAT because their brother/sister/father got accepted with that score. Everyone’s circumstances are unique and Personal MBA Coach specializes in helping clients find the right school list for them. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence is not going to be helpful here. Personal bias can always weigh in heavily. Just because a school was right for your mother or your cousin does not mean it is the right choice for you. Besides, application numbers and acceptance rates can vary drastically year to year. Take the time to determine the right school list for you and do not let your family question this.
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
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Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings

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FROM Personal MBA Coach: Can I Really Finish My Applications in Time?
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It is hard to believe that December is upon us and the first round 2 application deadline is just over four weeks away (see deadline summary below). The holiday season is hectic for everyone, but for those of you working on your MBA applications, this can be a particularly challenging time of year.
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You may be doubting whether you can get everything done in time. Personal MBA Coach prides itself on offering honest feedback, so here is the good, the bad and the ugly!
The Good News:
Many of you can still meet early January deadlines! Wondering if you can really work your magic and finish in time? Ask yourself these 4 questions:
1) Have you already narrowed down your school list?
2) Have you taken (or are prepared to take) the GMAT/GRE?
3) Have you already selected and prepared your recommenders?
4) Do you have a large portion of your holiday vacation set aside to work on your applications?
If you have answered yes to most or all of these questions, do not despair! Even if you have not put pencil to paper (so to speak) for your essays, resume and short answer questions, you can still finish on time with the proper dedication.
We have successfully guided candidates with a shortened timeline for a limited number of schools (and adding additional schools in future rounds or years as needed). But do not wait much longer!
The Bad News:
If you answered no to a few of these questions, you have your work cut out for you; honestly, you may not be ready this year. In this case, particularly if you have not finished your testing and do not have recommenders nailed down or schools identified, ask yourself how crucial it is that you apply THIS year.
If now is really your time (perhaps you have 4+ years of experience and have plateaued at work or 2019 is an ideal year, personally, for you to start school), you may be able to meet the challenge.
However, if you do not feel this level of urgency, I generally advise candidates to apply when they can submit the strongest applications, which might not be now. While you can successfully reapply, each application will remain on record; therefore, we do not advise submitting applications to which you have not given at least 100%.
The Ugly News:
If you have answered no to all of the questions above, January 6 may not be realistic for you (though some schools offer mid/late January deadlines that could still be feasible). This is particularly true if holiday obligations will prevent you from dedicating the majority of your time to your applications.
Regardless of which boat you are in this year, there is still plenty that you can do now. Even if you do not end up hitting submit in January, early planning can always work in your favor.
Still not sure which bucket you fall into or need additional help? E-mail me today!
Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.
Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
You may also like these other blog articles:
Accelerated MBA Application Plan
Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings

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