The reader is lead through the author’s childhood, professional and extracurricular experiences, along with accomplishments, all the while being reminded of the integral role storytelling has played.Beyond highlighting her gift, or passion for the art of storytelling, the author goes on to connect this theme with her future career ambitions, as well as describe how this could also serve the HBS community. I could not wait to share it with the world and eagerly went in search of a literary agent.
Harvard’s unique approach using the case method and emphasis on leadership development will challenge me to grow in both these areas.
I also feel that I have much to contribute to Harvard’s community.
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My background gives me the capacity for fearless thinking that is needed to meet the challenges of the entertainment industry’s shifting landscape.
A Harvard MBA will strengthen that foundation and help me to become the kind of dynamic leader who can bring the vision for my own company to life and be at the forefront of entertainment’s structural shift. And if you are reading this in the 2015-16 application cycle when the question asks you to introduce yourself to your section mates, what would you like your peers to know about you?
The one take-away from this essay and the other successful essays in this book is that the reader feels a little like s/he is meeting the author – not someone else and not some masked being. You want your readers to feel like that they are meeting you — not someone else, not a scripted piece of shallow PR devoid of personality and humanity, and not some phony combo of you and the author of an essay in a guidebook or on a website. Yes I know, the admissions readers are eavesdropping, but don’t let that fact intimidate you.
Individuality is the common thread in those essays; it isn’t brilliant prose or incredible writing. What would you really tell your peers, classmates, and future friends? For expert guidance on your Harvard Business School application, check out Accepted’s MBA Application Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the HBS application.
Storytelling is my lifelong passion; it saw me through a difficult childhood. We did not have much money and that coupled with my bookishness made me a target for bullies.
After my father left, my mother raised me as a single parent in [U. City/State], a rural Bible Belt town two hours south of [U. Books and writing were an escape; they gave me an avenue to articulate the feelings of abandonment and powerlessness I otherwise did not want to express.