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Grad School Essays: Why Graduate School?
Because people do not make career decisions based purely on reason, it can be difficult to explain why you have chosen a particular field of study. What follows are some categories into which your ideas may fall, but your focus should be on your unique, personal details.

An Introduction to the Business School Essay
Whoever first said that you should worry only about the things you can control was not helping to ease the concerns of the student writing his or her application essay. By that criterion, the student-writer should be very worried indeed.

Business School Essays: Accomplishments
The goal in answering this kind of question is to analyze rather than summarize an achievement. This advice is particularly true if you're discussing an accomplishment that is listed elsewhere on the application.

Business School Essays: Diversity
After evaluating the qualifications and talent of the applicant pool, admissions committees seek to build a class full of interesting people from varied backgrounds. The purpose of this question is to find out what you have to contribute to this potential class. Here are some general guidelines for identifying a strong topic

Business School Essays: Ethical Dilemma
This question is designed to evaluate your ability to reason through complexities rather than to assess your ethical standards.

Business School Essays: Failure
Any applicant who tries to claim or assert perfection on the application would, at best, be treated as a joke. No one is perfect, and no admissions committee expects perfection. Yet, more than any other question, this one strikes fear into the hearts of applicants.

Business School Essays: Hobbies and Interests
This question offers a prime opportunity to differentiate yourself by presenting a vivid description of your life outside of work.

Business School Essays: Leadership
The leadership questions usually come in two forms: the kind that ask about your "leadership style," and the kind that ask you to discuss a "leadership situation."

Business School Essays: Personal Questions
All essay questions, as we have already mentioned, are a way for the admissions committee to learn more about you personally. The getting personal questions just ask more directly than others.

Business School Essays: Role Models and Influences
Business schools learn a lot about your professional development through your description of your mentors. They can determine not only what you have learned but the types of people from whom you have learned.

Business School Essays: Transfer Essays
Transferring from one institution to another is competitive and complicated. Before a student can even think about the details of transferable credit, housing, and financial aid, he or she must get admitted.

Business School Essays: Wait-List Follow-up
If you've recently been wait-listed, take heart: you still have a chance.

Business School Essays: Why the MBA?
Nearly all applications will feature a question that asks about your reasons for wanting to obtain an MBA at this stage of your career. Some will explicitly ask you to tie these reasons into your background and your goals. Even for schools that don't offer this specific direction, you should plan on such a discussion of past and future, as it provides essential context for your application.

Top 10 Business School Essay Tips
Business school students face a uniquely difficult challenge, because most programs require a series of essays rather than a single, comprehensive personal statement. This fact alone should indicate the importance that business schools place on your written responses.


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