How to Squeeze Everything into Just a Few Short Essays

by on April 21st, 2013

Right about now, your path to b-school probably feels somewhat overwhelming. Right? You’ve got multiple applications. That means letters, interviews and most importantly, essays. It’s time to get serious, buckle down and work!

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With regards to essays, a popular question I get asked is: “How do I know which extra-curriculars to include in the essays and what to leave out?”

Simply put, does the admissions committee need to know everything about you?

Yes. And no.

First, think about what kind of person business school is looking for.


Business Schools are looking for specialists. They are not looking for generalists who are sort of good at a lot of things.

Business schools want to fill their classes with students who will, after school, not only get hired, but also eventually run the firm. You need to be able to show you have the passion, drive and commitment to someday be a business leader.

That means showing the admissions committee you are focused and passionate.

So should you tell them everything you’ve ever done outside of school? Sure, if you were exceptional at everything you’ve done.

But while most of us are exceptional, not everything we’ve done has been.

Are you struggling with what to omit and what to include? Leave a comment below and share your dilemma – we can help.

Now, have fun writing.

Until next time,


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