We cannot emphasize this enough: do not make a snap decision about the content of this essay.Once you have identified what you believe is an appropriate theme, discuss your idea(s) with those with whom you are closest and whose input you respect.
As a result, they never pause to actually consider their sincere responses, which are typically the most compelling.
The GSB itself notes on We therefore encourage you to contemplate this question in depth and push yourself to explore the psychological and philosophical motivations behind your goals and achievements—behind who you are today.
My cheeks were raw from the cold, my legs were numb, and my fingers gripped a rotting cardboard sign.
When a woman hastened her step, gluing her eyes to her iphone as she passed me on the sidewalk, I felt what Bob Jones, Director at the National Coalition for the Homeless, had told our group before our homelessness immersion began.
Over the next year, I leveraged the unique abilities of our team members to develop the most robust communications platform in the organization’s history and to lay the groundwork for comprehensive rebranding.
When the Executive Director of SMS stepped down to pursue his MBA, I saw the opportunity to have my greatest impact yet.We suspect the school has provided this outlet for (likely quant-minded) candidates who might have otherwise felt compelled to shoehorn such information into their “what matters most?” essay, thereby freeing them to speak more from the heart in that submission, without fear that the admissions committee will somehow overlook what they believe are key “selling points” in their profile.“The hardest part of homelessness is not the lack of food, shelter, or warmth; it is that people no longer look you in the eye.They no longer acknowledge you as a fellow human being.” The 48 hours that I lived on the streets of Baltimore MD.Seeing my mom’s loss of dignity overshadow other joys in her life taught me how fundamental dignity is to human happiness and productivity.I am so grateful that my mom is now healing and am motivated to enable others to experience the same change I see in her.I was thrilled to discover Stop Modern Slavery (SMS), one of the largest all-volunteer anti-human trafficking groups in the world.Shortly after joining, I had a discussion with SMS’ Executive Director about how I could use my professional experience building brands to support the organization and cause.In our full MBA essay analysis that follows, we provide more insight into the GSB’s two required questions as well as this added element and how it can complement the school’s other application essays this season. For this essay, we would like you to reflect deeply and write from the heart.Once you’ve identified what matters most to you, help us understand why.