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Thoughts on Columbia Essays 2013-2014 (Class of 2016)

I like the increased confidence and focus that I’ve been seeing in Columbia’s application; over the past two years they’ve moved away from the generic “Why Columbia” in their goals essay, and instead asked applicants to connect their goals and themselves to specific aspects of the program. Last year that was the Cluster System. This year it’s New York City ... Read More »

MBA Application Advice from a Drug Dealer

OK. Bryan Cranston is not a drug dealer. He is an American actor who played the most compelling criminal boss on a TV program (Walter White in Breaking Bad) since James Gandolfini in The Sopranos. But watching this video, I recognized immediately the value of his advice for actors, because I often find myself expressing something similar to my clients, ... Read More »

Thoughts on MIT Sloan (Class of 2016, Starting Fall 2014)

My first thought was, “Thank God they finally got rid of that confusing, contrived Cover Letter!”  In my long history as a consultant, I probably spent more time and tears explaining that damn thing than any other essay, including Stanford’s “What Matters Most to You and Why?” As mentioned elsewhere, MIT Sloan’s decision mirrors that of many other schools this ... Read More »

Thoughts on HBS 2013-2014

You’re applying to Harvard Business School.  We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you.    What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy? There is no word limit for this question.  We think you know what guidance we’re going to ... Read More »

Thoughts on Wharton 2013-2014

What strikes me about this year’s Wharton application compared to last year is that there are fewer essays and LOR questions, of course, but they are more thoughtful and comprehensive, something I’m seeing also in MIT, LBS and in its own way, HBS. 1. What do you aspire to achieve, personally and professionally, through the Wharton MBA? (500 words) Talking ... Read More »