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Avoid Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers in MBA Application Essays [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Avoid Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers in MBA Application Essays A dangling or misplaced modifier is a word or phrase that is intended to describe one thing but actually describes something else because of its placement in a sentence. Misplaced modifiers are a common mistake in MBA application essays and can be very distracting to a reader, in addition to possibly misrepresenting the writer’s intention. Although misplaced modifiers can appear anywhere in a sentence, the most common, most obvious, and (thankfully) easiest to correct are those that occur at the beginning of a sentence. Consider the following examples:As the highest-rated professor at the school, West’s academic writings are primarily analyses of recent developments in tort law.Even after studying all night, the test was still too difficult for John to pass.In the first sample sentence, “the highest-rated professor at the school” is meant to describe West, but it instead refers to “West’s academic writings.” In the second example, we can assume that John was the one who studied all night, but because of the way the sentence is constructed, “the test” supposedly did the extensive studying.To avoid these kinds of confusing constructions, make sure that the first thing you mention after a descriptive introductory phrase is what you want that phrase to describe. To correct our examples here, we could reword them as follows:As the highest-rated professor at the school, West produces academic writings that are primarily analyses of recent developments in tort law.Even after studying all night, John was unable to pass the test.However, misplaced modifiers can appear anywhere within a sentence when a phrase is juxtaposed with a different part of the sentence than is intended. Consider the following:As I became aware of what I wanted in life, I shared my dream of starting a charitable foundation with my parents.With this wording, the writer is saying that he dreams of starting a foundation with his parents, yet we can safely assume that the writer instead meant that he shared his dream with his parents. To correct this sentence, you could move the misplaced phrase or even reword the sentence to clarify:As I became aware of what I wanted in life, I shared with my parents my dream of starting a charitable foundation.As I became aware of what I wanted in life, I told my parents about my dream of starting a charitable foundation.Always make sure your descriptive phrases are in proper proximity to the elements of your sentence that you want them to modify.
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How to Build an MBA Resume, Part 1 [#permalink]
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How to Build an MBA Resume, Part 2 [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: How to Build an MBA Resume, Part 2 Presenting quantifiable results in your resume is preferred, because such results clearly convey your success in the actions you undertook. However, in some instances, you simply cannot quantify your success. In such cases, you can instead demonstrate nonquantifiable or even potential results. Consider the following examples:Persuaded management to review existing operations; currently leading Manufacturing Review Committee, which will table its final report in June 2016.Established divisional continuing education series, noted on review as “crucial” and “game changing.”Initiated biweekly “Tuesday at Five” team social event, resulting in enhanced workplace morale.In each of these bullet points, the results of the writer’s actions are not measurable, but they are nonetheless important. The accomplishments, while “soft,” are conveyed as clearly positive.
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Avoid Mentioning Rankings When Applying to MBA Programs [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Avoid Mentioning Rankings When Applying to MBA Programs In your MBA application essays and admissions interviews, you should thoroughly explain your interest in each program by developing and presenting arguments that center on the school’s academic and environmental attributes (e.g., research institutes, professors, experiential learning opportunities, classes, pedagogies). However, you should definitely not refer to the school’s position in the various MBA rankings as a reason for applying. Although applicants, administrators, students, and alumni all pay attention to rankings, within a candidate’s application, the topic is entirely taboo.Why is this? Rankings are a measure of a school’s reputation and fluctuate from year to year. By citing rankings, you indicate that you could (or would) be dissatisfied by a drop in your target program’s prestige as conveyed by such rankings—a drop that would be out of the school’s control and that, from the institution’s perspective, could ostensibly put your relationship as a future student (and later as an alumnus/alumna) at risk. Further, MBA programs want to be sure that you are attracted to their various academic offerings and that you have profound professional needs that they can satisfy. Rankings, however, are superficial, and referencing them in your application materials undermines the profundity of your research and motives.
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Earn an Accelerated MBA in Sustainability at Duquesne [#permalink]
 FROM mbaMission Blog: Earn an Accelerated MBA in Sustainability at Duquesne Appealing to professionals at all stages of their careers, Duquesne University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business offers an accelerated, 12-month MBA in Sustainable Business Practices with an “integrated” focus on sustainability and the environment. With core course work centered on four foundational areas—social, economic, environmental, and ethical—students gain exposure to the basic problems and frameworks of sustainable development beyond conventional notions of “green” business. In addition, the program includes global study trips, in which students travel abroad to examine global sustainability practices firsthand; two required sustainability consulting projects with sponsoring nonprofit or governmental organizations; and a capstone practicum course that challenges students to develop strategy and management skills.
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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: If I Do Not Get Accepted in R1, I Will [#permalink]
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 FROM mbaMission Blog: Watch Out for Repetition in Your MBA Application Essays Some time ago, a prospective MBA student emailed us to ask, “What is the most basic stylistic error candidates make when writing their MBA application essays?” Our response? Unnecessary repetition. Although using the same word more than once within a single sentence or in consecutive sentences does not constitute a grammatical mistake, the repetition can still be grating to a reader.Consider this example:“During my time at XYZ Sales, I increased productivity by 31% and increased revenue by 21%. Meanwhile, I increased my client base by an industry-leading 81%, bringing increased prestige to my firm.”This example—which uses the word “increased” four times in just two sentences—may seem like an exaggerated case, but it is actually not as rare as you might expect. However, the repetition can be easily eliminated and the sentences made increasingly reader friendly with just a few simple changes:“During my time at XYZ Sales, I increased productivity by 31% and revenue by 21%. Meanwhile, I grew my client base by an industry-leading 81%, enhancing my firm’s prestige.”The key to eliminating repetition is to first become aware of the potential problem and then gain distance from your work. Stepping away from your essay drafts for a day or two and then going back to reread them will give you the objectivity necessary to catch—and correct—this easily avoidable mistake.
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