Phillip Jones (MBA/MPP 2021) - Application Tips
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Hey, everyone, my name is Philip Jones, and this is going to be my second iteration of videos for Harvard Business School. I honestly just wanted to take a few moments today and talk about some tips and tricks for the Harvard Business School application. I was thinking about my own application process a few years ago, and some words that come to mind are chaos and scrambling and a lot of negative words and negative connotations. The processes can be very, very streamlined, and I want to talk about today three, uh, tips and tricks in order to have a successful Harvard Business School applications. So I think the very first thing that you can do to have a successful application is to know yourself, and that may seem a little meta or a little out there. I really think that that is one of the most important things that you can do as you approach your business school applications. So what does it mean when I say no yourself? Well, I think if you know yourself and you're going to be able to answer certain questions that come out in the application process. Questions such as? Why Harvard Business School? Why do you want to N. B A. What are some of your short term goals? What are your long term goals? How do you see yourself as a leader that's going to make a difference in the world? I think the individual who has the clarity and the focus to truly understand who they are and where they fit in the larger ecosystem is someone that is going to have a very successful application here at the Harvard Business School. So number two and this is going to be the standardized testing. So Harvard Business School, like a lot of schools out there, accepts both the G mat and the G R E. Do not think that the test is going to be easy or hard, honestly, that the G mat and the G R E they're not test that will test your intelligence level, but they just want to see how your mind works under certain business parameters for the for the G mat or just kind of General Grad school for the G R E. What I would recommend is just to take some time out of your busy professional schedule in order to really spend 3 to 5 months really buckling down and knocking out that G matter g r e. What you don't want to be doing is be the individual that is trying to, uh, concurrently take the G mat or the G r E While they finish their application process. It's gonna be very, very difficult and put a lot of strain on you. So whenever you can, I would say, Knock out that gene matter jury. So that way you can focus on the bulk of the application being your personal statement and some of your short answers. So for the third thing, I would say, Honestly, just have some fun. In this fun stage, I also call this the research stage. I think this is the time where, if you're able to, you can take a tour of the campus. Talk to current students really get a sense of the flavor here at Harvard Business School. You can go there in person, you can talk to professors to clubs. There's so much there in Cambridge that we have to offer. You're not going to know that if you don't take the time to have fun and to research it. I think if you put all those three things together, Number one because being knowing yourself so you can answer some of those hard and difficult questions on the actual application number to knock out that gene mad and G R E as soon as possible, because that's going to allow you to do the third thing, which is to really focus on researching the school, the professors, the classes as well as just kind of having fun with the entire experience and knowing that it really is about the journey and not just the destination.