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# Stylized Essay?

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02 Nov 2008, 13:20
I am thinking about writing my essays in a stylized way. I received a Creative Writing minor from NYU during undergrad and was thinking that might be something to do to set myself apart. I have a 710 GMAT and a 3.78 GPA, so I'm not horribly lacking in other parts. Do you guys think this is a good idea?

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02 Nov 2008, 13:29
Sorry, what is a stylized essay? Can you give examples?

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02 Nov 2008, 13:34
I've heard conflicting reports on this. On the one hand, obviously you must "differentiate yourself", on the other hand everyone knows you must "differentiate yourself" and are doing the same.

In the end, you have got to stay true to yourself. If stylized is you, go for it. If not, skip it.

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02 Nov 2008, 14:34
Meowzilla wrote:
Sorry, what is a stylized essay? Can you give examples?

ditto - not sure I understand what a stylized essay is

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02 Nov 2008, 22:00
Since I'm applying JD/MBA, I'm also writing a personal statement for law school and they encourage you to be a bit more creative on that end. For law school, I'm writing a first person narrative about a specific event. I could see that working for certain b-school essays (there was one at Wharton that lent itself well to a narrative and I wrote one, though in a somewhat more standard format than my law school essay). In general, though, the b-school essays seem to be asking for very specific things that lend themselves well to cogent essays. For example, Darden gave you only 250 words for a couple of their essays. I think Ross did the same. That's not much room to go stylized when there are so many important points that need to be hit. So, I'd say, if the essay lends itself to stylized writing and you can still hit your points, go for it, but know that for many schools' essays it will not be possible to deviate too much from the standard essay format and still have an effective essay.
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