Becca McGovern (MBA 2021) - Application Tips
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Any of my friends are colleagues that ended up applying to business school that I had the chance to chat with. I give them the same advice that I think just the most important thing is to be yourself. I know that sounds really basic, and you were going to do that anyway. It's really hard because the you're basically playing like a big game of Tetris with your life. Like I think it's important to sit down and list out the 4 to 5 things about you that you think are the most important to get across in these materials and then figure out how to slot them in tow. All of the different essays and the questions and all the different content that you're supposed to share. So because I think a lot of people put emphasis on the essay. The short answer questions in your resume as well as the recommendations, those are all really great ways to sneak in some of the content that you think is most important for admissions to know about you. I think they're trying to just get a really, really clear picture of who you are because they're trying to figure out what this new class is gonna look like. The more crisp of picture you can paint of yourself. I think the better the shot of a shot you give yourself. Um and so you might think that you need Thio play up different parts of your personality or highlight different projects you work on even though you weren't passionate about those because you think that they kind of check some box. I would stick to the topics that you really care about because it will shine through and you'll be able to talk about it in a really interesting way. I think it'll it'll just become way more obvious really quickly. I think things that you need to get across our where do you come from? What have you done before business school? Why do you want to go to school and who are you gonna be after school? So I opened up a lot in my essay about really personal things. I honestly, I recommend I sat down in a coffee shop and I wrote my essay and it was like seven pages long and I just cried in a blue bottle and it was really nice and therapeutic and I hacked away a ton of it. I like to paint Thio, and sometimes when you paint a really nice piece of a painting but you can't this other part sucks and you need to obliterate it and start all over again. You feel so bad about getting rid of the part that you like, Just do it like hack it up. It's okay, you're gonna rewrite it and it's gonna be great. So don't feel bad about, you know, chopping up your essay and removing parts that are important to you to try to fit in something else. Because this isn't it's not necessarily, like, totally who you are as a person. It's just you're using this as a tool for the mission seemed to get to know you. Um, I think that all that said, it's just important to talk about who you are. Get a little bit comfortable talking about things that are a little bit scary. Um, And don't don't feel bad about playing this like Little Game of Tetris of fitting in the different elements of who you are and painting a clear picture of the end of the day and you'll be great.