Leadership teamwork, failure and other such essays require a different approach. Next, what parts need to be included, and in what order?
You should consider these things before you start writing.
This is not entirely surprising for international students though, as the number of companies ready to sponsor them have reduced significantly in the last two years. I promise to be back again for another update in a few months. Going to a “top” school becomes paramount, and there’s a good chunk of Sternies who end up there only because everywhere else that they tried turned them down.
Stern remains one of those sleeper schools that flies under the radar, but which in our eyes is an underappreciated gem!
The function of every essay you write, no matter the topic, is to reveal something about you.
Never forget that an essay is a part of an application to a business school.
An essay that asks for (1) your background or introduction, (2) why MBA, (3) your career goals and (4) why you like their program is asking for four sections that require close linkage between them.
Planning this linkage in advance will, for instance, help you to clearly understand which elements of your background should be included, or what parts of their MBA you may emphasize to show the best fit.
This is an essay to convince someone you belong in their business school (not an entry to a creative writing contest) this means you should be showing your strengths, your need for an MBA, and the transferable skills you can use in the MBA or in your future.
This is because what you choose to do in your free time says a lot more about you and what you are interested in that the projects you are involved in at work.