The following essay topic analysis examines Chicago Booth MBA admissions essays for the 2018-2019 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for all other the leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays.
Chicago Booth MBA Essay Topic Analysis 2018-2019
How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)
Candidates will want to identify the position that they hope to hold immediately after graduating from Booth, naming both a job title and 1-2 organizations for which they would most like to work. They will then want to discuss their longer-range 5-10 year plan, explaining not just what role they hope to occupy but also commenting on the broader impact they hope to have in this position. It would then make sense to touch on the ways an MBA would facilitate progress toward these goals, and describe the factors that make Booth an especially good next step. To underscore this fit, name some curricular or programmatic offerings that are relevant to these objectives. Conducting thorough research on the program — whether by visiting campus or attending an info sessions, speaking with students and alumni, or reading the Clear Admit School Guide to Chicago Booth — will help you achieve maximum impact with this brief response.
Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250-word minimum)
In the Booth application, this essay appears in the Activities section, following entries of one’s various activities, including organization, role, 500 characters for a description and other information. So, the adcom may be starting with a base overview of your activities history. With this in mind, consider this essay an opportunity to make deeper connections between your interests and choices. Ultimately, the essay should help cement your choice of Booth and your goals, as noted in the previous essay.
Touching on interests, leadership experiences, and other passions in a short essay can feel like a tall order. You may start by reflecting on your past experiences and a broader theme that defines your motivation to pare your options down. In other words, you do not need to discuss every time you volunteered in your community, but rather the most influential one. Also, consider what choices you want to highlight in this answer, whether professional, academic or personal. The “choice to pursue an MBA” can be tempting, but it will not help you stand out in the application process—everyone writing this essay has chosen to apply for an MBA at Booth. Instead, perhaps you started swimming at a young age, and that influenced your choice to join a team in college and then go on to compete. That team experience could then parlay into a work project or volunteer situation. While you need to establish the context of your interests, the adcom will also be interested in your decision making as a result of your actions.
Once you establish your values—based on your experiences, interests and passions—connect to what you will choose to do at Booth and, space permitting, how these have influenced your goals. Ultimately, the adcom wants to see how you will fit with the community based on your attitude and experiences.
Is there any unclear information in your application that needs further explanation? If so, please use this section to clarify. (300 words)
This response will be an appropriate place to address any elements of one’s application that need further explanation (e.g. recommender choice, low GMAT score, questionable undergraduate performance, expected promotions, etc.). The wording of this essay is fairly open and inviting, and so it may be an appropriate place to share an additional anecdote or highlight an impressive accomplishment. Applicants should aim to demonstrate good judgment in deciding whether to respond to this prompt, and should take care not to introduce information that appears elsewhere in their materials or that could have been covered in response to one of the above essays or in the data form.
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