Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays

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With fierce competition to get into business school, your admission essays are a critical factor in whether or not you are accepted. This book helps you craft essays that best market your strengths to business schools while avoiding the most common mistakes.

From finding a topic to polishing off your final essay, this book is a complete writing workshop. It includes frank advice from admission officers and 50 example essays from students at top schools including Harvard, ...

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Overview

With fierce competition to get into business school, your admission essays are a critical factor in whether or not you are accepted. This book helps you craft essays that best market your strengths to business schools while avoiding the most common mistakes.

From finding a topic to polishing off your final essay, this book is a complete writing workshop. It includes frank advice from admission officers and 50 example essays from students at top schools including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Columbia, Northwestern, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Duke, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, UCLA and NYU.

In This Book You will Learn:

What admission officers want to see in your essays

Which topics you should avoid

The 25 most common essay mistakes

Advice for specific essay questions such as why you want an MBA, why you want to study at a particular school and what you have to offer

How to find the three types of editors you need to read your essays

Why you should write the optional essay

Plus, you'll gain inspiration from 50 successful essays that students have written to get into their first-choice schools

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662474
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 959,190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 1001 Ways to Pay for College; Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays; Adult Students; Get Free Cash for College; Get into Any College; How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay; and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College. They live in Belmont, California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Admission Essay: Your First Marketing Test 9

Marketing yourself in your essay 11

How this book helps you write successful essays 12

Essays do make a difference 14

Chapter 2 Executive Summary: The Application 17

Getting into business school 19

Application overview 19

How many schools do I apply to? 21

What happens inside the admission office 21

Why you should apply early 22

Be a smart shopper 24

Chapter 3 Admission Officer Roundtable: The Admission Process 25

Inside the admission process 27

What qualities do you look for when selecting students? 27

What common mistakes do students make with recommendations? 32

What are students surprised to learn about the admission process? 33

Interview mistakes 34

What advice do you have for students applying to business school? 36

Will gimmicks give you an edge? 37

Chapter 4 The Essay Writing Workshop 39

Finding the perfect topic 41

Brainstorming a topic begins with you 42

Keep asking why 44

Eliminating bad topics 45

Like a fine wine, let your applications age over time 45

Share your ideas with a friend 47

Aim to be unique 47

For good or bad news, use the optional essay 48

Use the thumb test 49

Take the passion test 50

Time to write 50

Chapter 5 Admission Officer Roundtable: The Essay 51

What makes an essay successful 53

How important is the essay in the business school admission process? 53

What are the qualities of a good business school admission essay? 55

What common mistakes do students often make on the essay? 58

What are students surprised to learn about what you are looking for? 60

What advice do you have for students writing their essays? 62

What are some of the essay topics that just don't work? 64

Chapter 6 The 25 Most Common Essay Writing Mistakes 65

Chapter 7 Essays: Why Do you Want an MBA? 75

Chapter 8 Essays: Why Attend Our School? 94

Chapter 9 Essays: What Do You Offer? 109

Chapter 10 Essays: Leadership 121

Chapter 11 Essays: Achievements 133

Chapter 12 Essays: Overcoming Obstacles 151

Chapter 13 Essays: Teamwork 161

Chapter 14 Essays: A Day-In-Your-Life 169

Chapter 15 Essays: Cross-Cultural Experiences 175

Chapter 16 Essays: Extracurricular Activities 183

Chapter 17 Essays: Most Valuable Possession 189

Chapter 18 Essays: Defining People and Moments 193

Chapter 19 Essays: Passions 201

Chapter 20 Essays: The Optional Essay 205

Chapter 21 Finishing Touches 213

Finding three types of editors 215

Recycling 216

Parting words 216

Business school is more than an education 217

Contributors and Organizations 218

About the Authors 224

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