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Essay Writing… It’s like a game of tangram!

Writing MBA essays is a bit like playing a game of tangram. Remember tangram? It’s a dissection puzzle where seven flat shapes are arranged to form different images. Okay, bear with me here. Every MBA application is, in itself, a … Continue reading

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Decoding 10 of the toughest MBA essay questions

When it comes to writing MBA application essays, some topics are straight-forward.  That doesn’t mean that they’re easy to write — life would be too easy if you could get through an application essay without significant introspection and hair-tearing — … Continue reading

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Top Posts of 2010

The year ends, and the top 10 lists begin.  So as 2010 draws to a close, here’s a redux of our top 10 most popular, most discussed blog posts of the year. From what happened to the winners of the … Continue reading

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The quintessential MBA essay-writing guide

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 … Continue reading

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It’s never too late to get organized

Yeah we know, Round 1 is over.  Round 2 is just around the corner. Sure, that color-coded Excel spreadsheet you built to track your essays and deadlines is not ideal, but dammit you’re going to be an investment banker some … Continue reading

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What if I don’t know what to do with my life?

If you’ve looked at any MBA application essays, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a common thread—most of them don’t really allow for uncertainty in your answer. Although some of the questions themselves are vague (e.g. Stanford’s essay asking “What matters most to … Continue reading

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Application Essays: How optional is optional?

Resist the urge to use the optional essay unless there is truly something you need to add that isn’t otherwise covered in the application. Continue reading

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