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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Use Anecdotes

Many business school candidates take a straightforward, historical approach in their personal statement essays. Although this can be an easy way to organize an essay, it may deprive applicants of an opportunity to deliver a more focused and gripping introduction. Nothing is fundamentally wrong with taking a historical approach, of course, but an anecdotal approach … Read More →

March 6, 2017

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Pluralize Nouns Whenever Possible

One way to conserve words in your MBA application essays and short-answer responses is by pluralizing nouns whenever possible. Singular words often require an article such as “a,” “an,” or “the.” These words can add unnecessarily to your word count, thereby cluttering your page without contributing to your argument or style. Consider the following example: … Read More →

February 27, 2017

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Vary Your Sentence Length

Many business school applicants use medium-length sentences (like this one) in their essays. Few use short sentences (like this one). Likewise, few use long sentences in their essays, even though long sentences (like this one) can often play a useful role in an essay’s structure and story. Confused? Consider the following example: “At XYZ Inc., … Read More →

February 20, 2017

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: How Will You Contribute to the Program?

Many business schools use their essay questions as an opportunity to ask about the unique contributions you will make to their particular program. Unfortunately, candidates often make the mistake of thinking that a bland summary statement like “I will bring my leadership skills to XYZ School” will sufficiently express their intended contribution. One reason we prefer to … Read More →

February 13, 2017

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Answering the Ethical Dilemma Essay Question

dilemma: An argument presenting two or more equally conclusive alternatives against an opponent (according to Merriam-Webster) Over the years, we have discovered that the essay question many candidates find particularly challenging is the “ethical dilemma” question. Although most applicants clearly understand the difference between what is and is not ethical, the problem usually lies in the word … Read More →

February 6, 2017

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