This short video introduces you to a general, robust approach towards writing your MBA Applications essays. Follow the approach closely as it will help you deliver sound MBA Applications.
A Holistic Approach Towards Writing MBA Applications Essays
The essay portion of your MBA application is one of the most important segments of it. It is the point where you, hopefully, go from being just a collection of data points to a real person in the admission committee’s eyes. Thus, the thing that will have a holistic effect on their perception of you must be prepared in a holistic manner. That is to say, your approach must be systemic, structured, and cover everything; the admission committee will want to know about you.
First of all, you need to have a brainstorming session to understand your key selling points as a candidate for admissions. You must come up with twenty highlights about yourself, preferably those that can be backed up with concrete examples. Some good examples of the type of qualities you should bear in mind are professional achievements, training and mentoring skills, and leadership capabilities. Your set of essays will be a portrait of your best self and these twenty qualities will be your paint.
Your second step will be storyboarding. Storyboarding is when a filmmaker uses still images to put together a story, before filming. Similarly, you have to take your highlights, your motivations, your personality, your background and put it all together to form a visionary story.
Once you are done storyboarding, you will have a good understanding of how you want to present yourself. Here, you begin actually writing your essays. You will begin by writing your Core Essays, basic versions of your essays that can be tweaked as per the requirements of the schools you will be applying to. To begin with, let us take a look at the best way to approach the Statement of Purpose (SOP) Essay. The SOP is typically the largest of the essays that asks for the most comprehensive view of the applicant. Apart from basic educational and professional backgrounds, a standard question will want to know why you want to pursue an MBA at this time from a particular school, what your career goals are, and how you will merge the education from this degree with your background to achieve it.
To avoid SOPs that ramble or those that feel truncated (or, worst of all, those that go on forever but say nothing of value) it is best to approach the SOP with a solid structure in mind - Understanding what you need to share and how much of the essay it can take up. A suggested structure is as follows: