65 Successful Harvard Business School Application Essays, by Lauren Sullivan, The Staff of The Harbus

By Lauren Sullivan, The Staff of The Harbus

YOUR existence . . . IN three hundred phrases OR LESS

It's a frightening activity. Even the main pro pros locate enterprise institution software essays to be one of the toughest items they ever write. With a various pool of gifted humans utilising to the nation's most sensible faculties from the main profitable businesses and prestigious undergraduate courses on this planet, an easy biography detailing accomplishments and pursuits is not sufficient. candidates want transparent and compelling arguments that seize admissions officials and completely refuse to permit go.

To aid them write the essays that get them accredited into Harvard or any of the country's different most sensible courses, the workers of The Harbus---HBS's pupil newspaper---have up-to-date and revised their selection of sixty-five genuine program essays in addition to their unique research of them in order that candidates can be capable to:

* stay away from universal pitfalls
* Play to their strengths
* Get their message across

Wherever they're utilizing, the recommendation and proven options in 65 winning Harvard company institution program Essays give enterprise pros and undergraduates the insider's wisdom to industry themselves such a lot successfully and actually personal the process.

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Additionally, the pace of the essay and the clarity of the vision demonstrated in that first paragraph give the reader insight into the author’s personality. He appears to be someone on a mission with clear goals and the energy to achieve them. In the second paragraph, the author cleverly distinguishes himself from other banking applicants. By drawing on the lessons he learned and the role models he met in his professional career, the author portrays himself as a thoughtful team player that would contribute unique experiences to a classroom environment.

My classes, professors, peers, and alums helped me grow and mature and instilled in me a tremendous amount of self-confidence in my abilities and potential. Most importantly, Smith College molded me into a stronger, more self-assured woman with a passion and drive to succeed. ANALYSIS From the opening sentence, Lavanya’s essay is distinctive, in large part because she chooses to focus on gender, a tactic that grabs the reader’s attention. In the first two paragraphs Lavanya describes her experiences at Smith College and very literally walks us through the ins and outs of her college experience.

Apar herein not only addresses the critical timing component of the essay question, but also provides sincere insight into why this career path is meaningful to her. She then smoothly segues into how an MBA fits into her broader career vision and makes a strong case for why HBS is the program best suited for her. In the fifth paragraph, Apar deviates somewhat from her message when she mentions her language skills and travel history. Although these stories certainly add depth personality, she would have been better served by tying these experiences directly into her career vision, or using the space to specifically outline what she bring to the classroom environment at HBS.

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