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The George Washington University School of Business Essay Analysis, 2020–2021

The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) demands just a single 500-word essay from its applicants, one that covers several of the key elements of a traditional personal statement. In fact, on its website, the school refers to the submission as a “Statement of Purpose.” To craft an effective response, candidates will need to … Read More  

Set the Tone Early, and Employ Active Verbs in Your MBA Application Essays

Any good journalist will tell you that the key to writing a good news story or opinion piece is to grab the reader’s attention with the very first line. Many book authors employ this same tactic. Although only a small percentage of people have actually read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, most know that the novel begins … Read More  

Carnegie Mellon University Tepper Essay Analysis, 2020–2021

Last year, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business required just one essay from its applicants, who could use up to 500 words to explain what they would bring to the Tepper community that would allow them to make an impact on it. The school is posing the same question this season, but now the … Read More  

How to Use Parallel Construction in Your MBA Application Essays—and More on Being Appropriately Personal

Longer and more complex sentences often require parallel construction. Simply put, parallel construction ensures that any given longer sentence has a balanced rhythm or structure. With parallel construction, each pronoun corresponds with another pronoun, each verb corresponds with another verb, each adjective corresponds with another adjective, and so on. Parallel construction can certainly be found … Read More  

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Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Essay Analysis 2020–2021

Applicants to the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business (learn a little more about the program here) must submit two required essays, the first of which constitutes, in many ways, a traditional personal statement. The second, shorter essay takes a more creative and personal spin, inviting candidates to present a list of facts about themselves … Read More  



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