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UCLA Anderson - 2017 Essay Analysis!

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New post 17 Aug 2017, 02:36
Hey there Anderson applicants!

Admissionado back once again with fresh, off-the-shelves essay analysis for Anderson's 2017 application! We wanted to jump in and give you a head-start on the sole essay question, jog that imagination, and give you a few tips and tricks to get started on your UCLA Anderson essay to get you started on the best foot this year. Soooooo, without further ado:

UCLA Anderson School of Management MBA Essay

We believe that the best results are achieved when you share success, think fearlessly and drive change. With this in mind, what are your goals at UCLA Anderson and in your short-term and long-term career? (750 words maximum)


They wanna know three things:

What are you planning to do at UCLA? How are you going to take advantage of this program? This… opportunity?
Then, what are you going to attack in the ST?
Finally, where does it all go, where is it all headed? The vision, at least. What’s driving you?

But, they’ve given you a framework to test your fit with UCLA in particular. If you avoid tying your reasoning BACK to these three concepts, it may seem like a cut and paste job, so let’s figure out what they’re going for specifically. UCLA is high on the following three things: sharing success, thinking fearlessly, and driving change. Let’s take em one by one (they’re not terribly complicated).
Share Success

What does it mean to share success, and why do we care? Well, sharing success can mean a few different things. On the one hand it can be about inspiring others by celebrating wins, and wins feel good. It can also be a great way to improve the odds for future success, by sharing best practices and educating others on how and why the success occurred in the first place. It also implies the power of many over the power of one. If you embody the spirit of sharing success, chances are you’re the type who will be great to collaborate with.
Think Fearlessly

This isn’t just about risk. It’s about having the boldness to consider… everything. It’s about encouraging ideas even if they’re bad, because at some point a GREAT one is likely to change everything. It’s having a thirst for the unknown. It’s being comfortable with failure. Now, you can still be shrewd and risk averse, but simultaneously embody a “think fearlessly” attitude. You just need to start out open-minded and end up wherever you end up. It’s the guys who approach things with a restricted vision for how things need to be, who fail this particular smell test.
Drive Change

Are you the first guy in the pool? Are you the guy that pushes someone ELSE to get on board a crazy idea? Are you the guy who’s unafraid of belly-flopping, because you know that a chink in the armor of the status quo is a necessary first step? Do you have the tirelessness required to persevere in the face of multiple obstacles? These are all the things that are characteristic of folks who don’t just appreciate change, but DRIVE it themselves.

As you answer three of the more familiar sub-questions (plans at UCLA, ST goals, LT goals), your job is to channel each of these three things in your walkthroughs. Now, there is NO formula for HOW you should weave this all in. The best way to approach this is to draft your response quickly, and then go back and search for compelling evidence that addresses each of the three components. These don’t need to be direct, by the way. In other words, you shouldn’t hit it too on the nose and talk about “how you like to drive change” or “think fearlessly” etc. It’s more about your actions that support your claims, that SPEAK to these qualities.

And that's that. Helpful, eh? If you have any questions on it or Anderson or anything, just reply here or shoot us a PM. And if you want more Essay Analysis Goodness, check out more schools here. We're updating 'em daily as new prompts are released, so keep checking back.
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New post 17 Aug 2017, 06:04
I believe UCLA Anderson changed their essay topics for the 2017-2018 application. It's now two essays. One 500 word essays asking what UCLA Anderson can add to your professional development as well as a second 250 word essay asking what you can contribute to the UCLA Anderson community. There's also a 250 word optional essay.
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