Prospective MBA students will find everything they need to prepare successful admission essays in this book. Containing 50 real essays students have written to gain admission to top business schools, this guide details the strengths of each essay, the inspiration of the student who wrote it, and what makes it a winner. The essays represent a diverse group of students and include those with traditional consulting and business backgrounds, as well as those with nontraditional backgrounds in areas such as public service, the military, and culinary arts. Crucial insights are included from business school admission officers who reveal what they are looking for in applicants, and successful applicants describe what worked for them and the mistakes they made that future applicants should avoid. Also included are strategies for the entire admission process, such as how to research the type of students that each school is seeking, ace the interview, and get powerful recommendations.
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About the Author
Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.
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Your first business school marketing test will not take place in a classroom. It will be wherever you are when you sit down to do your business school applications. Getting into business school takes a lot more than good grades and GMAT scores. While you have many strengths, so do the eight other applicants who are vying for that single spot on the admit list. How will you make your application rise to the top? How will you convince the admission officers that you are the best candidate for admission?
In most cases you’ll do it through your admission essays.
Business school admission essays make a big difference in whether or not you get accepted. Yet, you can be the greatest writer in the world or have years of impressive work experience and still fail to capture the attention of the admission officers in your essays.
Writing a successful business school admission essay is not about being a good writer. Nor is it about cataloging all of your work experience in 500 words. The reality is that writing a successful admission essay is a unique blend of art and science. There are some traits that every successful essay shares. You’ll learn what these are by reading the sample essays in this book as well as the interviews with business school admission officers. But each essay is also a unique reflection of the writer. We’ll show you how to find an original essay topic that captures and highlights your unique strengths and personality. We’ll also share with you the 25 most common essay writing mistakes that you must avoid.
Why are admission essays so important to getting into business school? At their most basic level, admission officers use your essays to understand who you are, why you feel that business school is your next logical step and how you will add value to their campus. While admission officers can surmise whether you can handle the academic rigors of business school by evaluating your grades and GMAT scores and they can get a sense of what other people think about you through recommendations, the essays provide the only way they can judge how your background, talents, experience and personal strengths come together to make you the best candidate for their school.
For you, the admission essays offer the best opportunity to market yourself to the business school. You start with a blank sheet of paper and through careful selection, analysis and writing, you create a picture of yourself to impress the admission officers and make them want you for their school.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Admission Essay: Your First Marketing Test
Chapter 2: Executive Summary: The Application
Chapter 3: Admission Officer Roundtable: The Admission Process
Chapter 4: The Essay Writing Workshop
Chapter 5: Admission Officer Roundtable: The Essay
Chapter 6: The 25 Most Common Essay Writing Mistakes
Chapter 7: Essays: Why Do You Want an MBA?
Chapter 8: Essays: Why Attend Our School?
Chapter 9: Essays: What Do You Offer?
Chapter 10: Essays: Leadership
Chapter 11: Essays: Achievements
Chapter 12: Essays: Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 13: Essays: Teamwork
Chapter 14: Essays: A Day-In-Your-Life
Chapter 15: Essays: Cross-Cultural Experiences
Chapter 16: Essays: Extracurricular Activities
Chapter 17: Essays: Most Valuable Possession
Chapter 18: Essays: Defining People and Moments
Chapter 19: Essays: Passions
Chapter 20: Essays: The Optional Essay
Chapter 21: Finishing Touches
What People are Saying About This
About Authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe
“As admission officers look for more subtle ways to make fine distinctions among so many qualified applicants, the personal statement, or college essay assumes growing importance. This book can help students gain the necessary edge that will make their applications stand out. Gen and Kelly Tanabe are nationally recognized experts in every facet of the college application process. They have written several books on the topic and blend humor, organization and specific real life examples with a highly readable style to assure your success.”
David Miller, Director of College Counseling, Stevenson School
“I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to your “Accepted” publication. I recently applied to Cornell University. I read your book from cover to back, wrote an essay about “Snorkeling in Okinawa” (which most people criticized), and got ACCEPTED to Cornell. Thank you very much for your help, and I’ll be sure to refer this book to anyone applying to college.”
“If you’re struggling with your essays, the Tanabes offer some encouragement.”
College Bound Magazine