Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Angel Investor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.20
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Said Business School | Ms. Creative Planner
GMAT 690, GPA 3.81 / 5.0
Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Mr. Wedding Music Business
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Break Into Buy-Side
GMAT 780, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Perseverance
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Politics Abroad
GRE 332, GPA 4.2/4.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Canadian Banker
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Ms. Fintech To Tech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.54
Harvard | Ms. Finance
GMAT 760, GPA 3.48
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Kellogg | Mr. Kellogg 1Y
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Stanford GSB | Ms. CPA To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring Elected Official
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Ross | Mr. LGBTQ PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.91

Samples Of Successful Harvard Business School Essays


The Hyperactive Engineer


I’m a person with many skills and personal attributes that go beyond the traditional MBA application but make a powerful and valuable contribution to my profile as an MBA candidate as well as the value I can add to my future classmates’ MBA experience.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a very curious person. My first toys were the Lego and mechanical building sort and I believe them to be the foundation to my practical and resourceful personality. As a child, I would spend hours going through my dad’s tool closet looking for the right tools to do different tasks around the house like servicing my roller blades, fixing my toys, taking apart my Walkman and figuring out why it was not “catching a good signal.” This personality trait is something that helped me enormously during engineering school and I strongly believe will also be of great importance during my MBA studies as it gives me the ability to think in practical and “out-of-the-box” ways.

Growing up, through middle and high school, I was always among the favorite students of the science class teachers; not only because of my scientific aptitudes but also because I’ve always been a respectful and friendly person. I constantly received compliments for my clear and practical approach to solving problems and my methodical way of thinking. My clear understanding (I stress “understanding”; not “memorization”) of math and sciences is what ultimately led me to study industrial engineering and become a successful engineer in my job after graduation, where I’ve also performed managerial tasks that will be important experiences toward understanding better the science of management.

I’m also a very hard working person and that attribute was consolidated in my personality during college. I was accepted in (university)’s engineering school; a school know for its low retention rate of engineers due to the high work load and demanding curriculum. I must admit that in high school I was more of a “smart person, average student,” but as soon as I arrived in college I set my mind into being the best I possibly could and graduate with a four-or-close-to-four-point-0 GPA. Nine semesters of hard work paid off when I was graduating 1st in my class as the only industrial engineer graduating with distinction. It’s an achievement I’m very proud of because it was a combination of time management, dedication, collaboration and hard work; all skills that will make me a strong MBA candidate.

I’m also very competitive but I’m a good competitor; never a sorry loser. Growing up, I was a very hyperactive child so my parents put me through every sport and after school lesson possible. This made me a very quick learning and skillful person. Today, I play many sports at decent and competitive levels: golf, tennis, kite-surfing, mountain biking, squash, and volleyball, amongst others. But I not only practice sports for competition; I mainly do it for fun and keeping a healthy lifestyle. My MBA classmates will be happy to know that not only will I be there to work hard with them on classwork but I will also be there to have fun with them in healthy ways whenever they’re up for a quick tennis match or round of golf.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.