Monday Morning Essay Tip: Staying Above the Fray

Although many MBA programs are interested in hearing about your international experiences, they are fundamentally uninterested in your personal views on “hot” global political issues. Even when an admissions committee directly challenges you to discuss current events or global politics, you must take care to offer a point of view—not a scathing manifesto.

No clear rules exist as to what you should discuss, but as you consider ideas, “knowing your audience” is of the utmost importance. Never take risks by discussing an economic, political, social or cultural idea that an “average person” might find extreme. Of course, “extreme” is open to interpretation, and this is why choosing your issue requires so much consideration. As a general guideline, when you begin writing, keep in mind that you are not trying to recruit people to your cause or win voters, but are trying to show that you are engaged in the issues, can consider them in a balanced way and can articulate your ideas persuasively.

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