Wizius Careers | Write your to Stanford - MBA Essay Analysis 2017-18
How to make it to Stanford MBA? What the key characteristics of the Stanford MBA program? What matters most to you, and why? Why Stanford? What should I write in this topic? What should I do get accepted?
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Write your way to Stanford – MBA Essay Analysis 2017-18

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Stanford – The Dream School for most B-School Applicants.

To improve your chances, not only at Stanford but any good B-school, you need to create an essay that stands out from the crowd. So, here are some things to help you write better essays for the Stanford application this year.

Here is the first topic:

“What matters most to you, and why?”

Stanford’s favorite question since last 16 years. Seems straight forward but is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Most of the applicants focus on ‘what’ and forget to answer the ‘why.’

So what should I do?

Start with ‘Who you are’ and ‘what you value‘. How do you follow on these values in the times of hardship is what makes the story strong. Think about purpose-driven or principle-driven leadership or both. Make sure to show rather than write about what you value. Provide enough anecdotes for the reader to infer what you want to bring out.
Feel free to talk about more than one event if you can combine them under one theme. Your discussion should show that you have lived the experience. Keep in mind that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to it but there is definitely something that is personal and authentic.


Here is the second topic:

“Why Stanford?”

Stanford has asked this question also for years. The sub-points below the topic suggest to Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management and Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.

So what should I do?

You can answer this essay only if you know the various characteristics of the Stanford MBA – the culture, teaching methodology, student groups…etc. One of the most important characteristic is that the curriculum allows for personalisation based on your goal and your experience.

What you write should clearly bring out the importance of Stanford MBA in your short-term and long-term plans. Essay 2 works best if you can connect it back to Essay 1.

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