Stanford University (Stanford Graduate School of Business) Essay Analysis, 2011-2012


This post orignally appeared on the mbaMission blog. Read the introduction below and find the full post here.

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Before we even begin our analysis of Stanford’s essay questions for this application season, we want to share a quote from Stanford Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Admissions Derrick Bolton that we feel bears repeating and is important to keep in mind with respect to your essays for Stanford or any other school: Because we want to discover who you are, resist the urge to ˜package’ yourself in order to come across in a way you think Stanford wants. Such attempts simply blur our understanding of who you are and what you can accomplish. We want to hear your genuine voice throughout the essays that you write and this is the time to think carefully about your values, your passions, your hopes and dreams.

At mbaMission, we constantly tell candidates to avoid attempting to portray themselves as something they are not”something they mistakenly believe the admissions committee wants them to be”in their essays. The schools want a class that is made up of diverse individuals, and by pandering to some perceived expectation, you are basically aspiring to create a generic application, rather than one that will separate you from the pack.

1. What matters most to you, and why?

For the analysis, see the full post here.

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