While all of my essay sets have been unique per school, the non-Sloan question sets had at least some level of repetitiveness in theme that allowed me to quickly pull together my ideas for new essays.
Sloan? No mas.
Not only is the spin on their questions different, but what they are looking for you to express is a slight departure from the song I had been singing for the two months prior to digging into this essay deck.
When I was writing my other four apps, I bounced between them so that all of my essays and apps could benefit as I came up with better ideas of how to present and express myself. Sloan, however, did not fit into that exercise very well. While my other essays seemed to improve in quality each time, my Sloan essays fell flat over and over.
Now, with some dedicated time just to focus on Sloan, I’ve finally been able to get to a point where I feel as good about these essays as I did about the others prior to submitting; now, if I can just lick that cover letter. And my resume? Demolished. Fitting 12 years of work experience plus entrepreneurship and community service extras onto one page is challenging enough; but a 50 line limit? You’re killing me; but alas, I have on choice. When you’re in Rome and you’d like an opportunity to become a Roman, you have a choice: follow the laws of the land or be thrown to the lions.
MBAOver30 offers the perspective of a 30-something, California-based entrepreneur who is applying to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Northwestern, Chicago, Dartmouth, Yale, and Berkeley.. He hopes to gain acceptance to the Class of 2015 and blogs at MBAOver30.
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When A Campus Visit Turns Off An MBA Applicant
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My Countdown: Less Than 30 Days To The GMAT
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Just One MBA Essay Shy Of Being Doe
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My MIT Sloan Info Session in California