Writing application essays is perhaps the most frustrating part of the MBA admissions process. It’s hard to get started, hard to keep going, and hard to know when you’re really done. So here are some resources from around the interwebs to help you out.
Courtesy of Apply in the Sky:
- Top 10 Essay-Writing Mistakes
- Manic Monday: Jump-start your essays by ignoring them
- Application Essays: How optional is optional?
- What if I don’t know what to do with my life?
- Decoding 10 of the toughest MBA essay questions (new!)
- Essay Writing… It’s like a game of tangram! (new!)
Courtesy of other great MBA resources around the web:
- MBA Essay Writing Tips & Strategies: A high-level overview of what you need to know to write a great admissions essay. Very thorough. Also includes 13 tips and 11 mistakes to avoid.
- How to Write the MBA Essays: Also includes some good commentary on how applicants often fail in their essays.
- 10 Steps to Writing Great Admissions Essays: The admissions consultants at Veritas Prep break it down into 10 simple steps.
- My Adcom Essay Review: A Punch to the Gut: An MBA candidate courageously reveals some candid feedback he received from a friend reviewing his essays.
- Stanford’s Famous Tortilla Essay: John Byrne of Poets & Quants provides commentary on a notorious essay that rocked the world of MBA admissions (although not in a good way).
- Stacy Blackman and Adam Markus each provide very useful commentary of specific school essays and how to tackle them.
- MBA Essays: Data Mining Your Life: On how to start collecting information about your career and educational history that will help you write better admissions essays.
- MBA Essays: Making a Lasting Impression: On devising your very own self-marketing handle.
- The Ghostwriter of MBA Essays: Fascinating insight on the world of essay ghostwriters.
- Sample Application Essays by school on Businessweek’s MBA Insider.
Bookmark this page for your reference, since we’ll be updating it regularly as we discover more great essay-writing resources.
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