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Emory – Essays

December 5, 2008

Technically speaking, that should be Goizueta – essays. Emory twists my tongue lesser and hence I’d take the liberty to call GBS as Emory.

Emory has rolling admissions, and you all know what that means. Thats precisely why I’m not frantic about meeting the R2 deadline of 8th December, though I would definitely be submitting my application over the weekend for good measure. Other interesting differences in the Emory application are –

– The recommendation letters go out ONLY AFTER you’ve submitted the application. A brilliant strategy, since it would force you to submit your application at least a week before the deadline.
– The application fee payment is separate from the application submission. Not that your file would be considered without the payment, so wonder if there’s a strategy behind this move as well?

Over to its essays. I took time to rewrite most of the stuff and not copy and paste from my previous essays. I’m surprised at how different they have turned out this time. Probably the extra desperation has done the trick.

1. List one of your most significant professional or organizational accomplishments.
Describe your precise role in this event and how it has helped to shape your management skills. Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

Thats another difference – the essay itself prompts you with what they’re looking for. Its interesting to note the subtleties between the question and its description. Don’t just speak about the accomplishment, be specific about your actions and speak from your perspective. What has it meant for you and how have you gained from the experience. Remember Emory’s thrust on leadership.

2. Please complete/address two of the following statements.
Full-time candidates (Two-Year and One-Year Programs) must complete/address choice F as one of the two options. Please limit each response to one, double-spaced, typed page.

A. I have always wanted to….
B. My most memorable cross-cultural experience….
C. My family background is unique because….
D. The person who has had the greatest influence on my leadership style is… because…
E. The greatest lesson I have ever learned….
F. Of Goizueta’s core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), which value resonates most with you and why?

I went ahead with A and F. I’m happy with these essays for allowing me some creative freedom and I’ve made the most out of it. You can take A anywhere you want, as long as you’ve always wanted to do something. B,C,D,E don’t need any explanation. This is one essay (both choice and content) which will differentiate you heavily, hence choose one where you can add the maximum weight. F is the question you should be longing to answer if you really love Emory. Choosing one value at the cost of other might be difficult, but not discussing it at length.

3. What do you expect to accomplish in the Goizueta Business School MBA program?
How will your participation in the MBA program fit in with your experiences and responsibilities as well as your short and long-term career goals? Please limit your response to two, double-spaced, typed pages.

Once again, look at the well explained description. Its a why MBA, why Emory, career goals, why you all rolled into one, and then a few more. Need I say more?

What I would definitely like to say more about is the terrific response I’ve received from current students at Emory. They take the prize hands down for responding to an MBA applicant and welcoming him to the community. Its amazing to see each one of them feel that they wouldn’t have liked to be anywhere else. Probably its due to core values, Atlanta, or both.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2008 8:20 am

    All the best man…

  2. December 7, 2008 7:05 am

    good luck man, more to life than just an mba..

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