Do they sound like you, rather than just answers to a question? We look forward to learning about you in the essays!
Clients who went on to create memorable 2nd drafts absorbed everything I said. I recognize specific actions required to improve the client’s narrative. Those who couldn’t reach that level, blocked the learning I had to offer, from ego, fear of failure or some false belief about the writing process. Daily editing is a practice I used for my books, not for my blogs, newsletters or creative outputs that require fast turnaround time. They need several iterations of reading, re-reading, re-writing, and editing. It came from the impression of ‘what to say’ rather than ‘what you would say.' Edit them. Instead of daily editing, allocate time for session editing.1. Unless you get the support of your family, it becomes extremely difficult to manage the schedule for your writing session.
If you are asked about your failures, you should discuss mistakes you have made and lessons you have learned - not accomplishments or success.
Stick to the topic and avoid beating around the bush.
If they do not guess correctly, you should revisit the essay and adjust the focus until your proofreaders can easily tell what the essay is supposed to be about.
Over my 15 years in admissions at Kellogg I have read A LOT of essay questions. Spend time thinking broadly about your path, your accomplishments, and why or how you’ve gotten to where you are today.
If you write your essay focused only on your achievements, post-MBA goals, and your pre-MBA experience, you will be among the 899 rejected applicants. How will you get the attention of the essay reviewer?
You know why parables shared 1000 years ago are still shared among us? Yes, the art of storytelling has won presidency for Obama, transformed Apple from an unknown start-up to a brand synonymous with Quality, and gained admission for the average MBA Applicant.
I create books, blogs, analysis, articles, newsletters, sales pitch, advertising, and rants to my wife and close friends through email in what I call, “Atul’s Weekly rants.” You are multitasking through projects, worrying about choosing the wrong school, keeping a low profile on your MBA plan, managing the politics in your team, coordinating with recommenders, preparing for the GMAT, collecting your transcripts, developing a plan to address your profile weakness, arranging funds and writing and rewriting essays. You can’t suddenly develop the skills to create engaging prose, but there were even greater multitaskers – Doctors, Engineers, Politicians, Administrators, and Scientists, who went on to create some of the best collection of letters, books, and journals. Develop a habit of reading – interesting opeds, financial news, trends in your industry, or thought pieces from influencers you respect. It doesn't matter whether the creation is from an anthropologist, scientist, doctor, politician, or an entertainer. After you create the 2nd draft, that unique groups of idioms, phrases, and narrative arcs will be truly your own. So you might not have the luxury to wait until the end of the day for editing. The genius will be revealed in the editing session, and you will regret borrowing phrases from blockbuster movies and hip-hop artists.
There is a point in the Essay Review and Consulting service where I and the client are completing the next action step without much communication. Chores and interruption from time wasters should be avoided at all cost.