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Recommenders & Recommendations

For most applicants with several years of professional experience, the best recommenders are past and current supervisors. They are in the best position to judge your professional abilities and answer the questions that most MBA schools ask. Their recommendations serve to confirm and expand on the information included in your essays. It’s really that simple. Ensuring that happens though is ... Read More »

Wharton Essay Topic Notes

Sorry for not posting recently. It’s starting to get busy… Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Wharton to help you achieve these goals, and why is now the best time for you to join our program? (1,000 words) MBA admissions committees (adcoms) are like venture ... Read More »

Columbia Essay Notes

I’ve started providing notes to aid with topic choices on selected essays, particularly for new or unusual essays. Last time I covered Stanford’s optional essays. This time it’s Columbia.  I know the early round deadline is just around the corner, but this will be for all the late birds and second rounders out there. (Required) Master Classes are the epitome ... Read More »

CMU/Tepper Essay Questions

Here they are, finally. Please note that it’s unclear what the length limitations are. I’ll post them as soon as I can find them. Read More »

Stanford GSB Optional Essay Analysis

Stanford’s optional essays deal with multiple dimensions of leadership and teamwork. It is often difficult to separate good leadership from good teamwork, but when it comes to choosing MBA essay topics there is a difference. A leadership story, like Options 2-4, should recount how you, working alone or with a team, confronted and hopefully overcame an external problem. A teamwork ... Read More »