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Dr. Colucci graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2012 and is current a senior resident in Diagnostic Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He teaches third and fourth year Harvard Medical School students about radiology and diagnostic imaging, and serves as a pre-med mentor for the Boston College EagleDocs program.
Dr. Colucci would love to help you tell your story to the med school or residency admissions boards – he’s been through the system and knows what works!
Welcome to the Accepted family, Drew!
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A good application essay is comprised of both anecdote and analysis, the what and the why of your personal experiences. Telling a straight story (anecdote without analysis) will leave your essay flat, with no depth or insight into your character or motivations; on the other hand, an essay that rattles on about the why but omits the what will be boring and overly theoretical, lacking substance and voice.
Your goal: To create an essay that balances these two components, that’s full of descriptive details about what happened (your experience) AND why such things occurred (or how you reacted or responded).
Essay Component #1: Anecdote
The first component of a compelling essay is the retelling of what happened to you. This is the story
element of your MBA essay. Most applicants launch their essays with an anecdote to draw in your
readers. Good idea. (For important storytelling tips, please see our free special report, From Example to Exemplary, or the on-demand webinar, Essays that Stick.)
Essay Component #2: Analysis
For this second component, you’ll want to talk about your motivations for pursuing the experience
in question or the lessons learned as a result of it.
The questions below will help you shape the analysis component of your essay. After thinking of a
good anecdote, a key experience that you’d like to share, make sure your essay also addresses the
You’re applying to b-school, so your quant skills are probably pretty good – so let’s put this in solid
Anecdote + Analysis = Your Awesome Application Essay
For more essay writing tips, please see MBA Application Essays 101, a resource guide containing
special reports, webinars, and blog posts on every aspect of the MBA essay writing process.
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Please prepare a cover letter (up to 500 words) seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA program. Your letter should describe your accomplishments, address any extenuating circumstances that may apply to your application, and conform to standard business correspondence. Your letter should be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions.
Like all cover letters, this is a marketing document. Make your case for admission using your accomplishments, specifically those where you had impact, showed leadership, and above-average progression and responsibility. How do the talents revealed in these examples demonstrate fit with the MIT Sloan program, its tight-knit community, and its innovative culture?
Please prepare a business resume that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. The resume should not be more than one page in length (up to 50 lines).
Go beyond mere job description to highlight achievement. If your title is “consultant.” Saying that you “consulted on projects” is redundant and uninformative at best. Writing that you “Led a 6-member team working on a biotech outsourcing project to Singapore with a budget of $X; it came in on time and under budget.” conveys infinitely more.
We are interested in learning more about how you work, think, and act. For each essay, please provide a brief overview of the situation followed by a detailed description of your response. Please limit the experiences you discuss to those which have occurred in the past three years.
In each of the essays, please describe in detail what you thought, felt, said, and did.
The devil is in the details, and Sloan wants them for each of these stories. Look for moments that stand out in your mind. You don’t have room for anything but those stand-outs.
Also, if Sloan is asking for events that occurred in the last three years, that’s what you should write about. “But!!!” No but’s. Stick to the last three years.
Essay 1: Please describe a time when you had to convince a person or a group of your idea. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
This question really reflects two ideas at the very heart of the Sloan MBA: leadership and innovation. Persuasion is one element in leadership and “your idea” should showcase your problem-solving and innovative thinking.
Focus on one event. Make room for analysis. Tell a story. You can use a professional or a non-professional experience for this essay. Work, sports, community service, or the arts can provide the context, but for most of you Essay 1 or Essay 2 should reflect your behavior on the job.
Essay 2: Please describe a time when you overcame a personal setback. (500 words or fewer, limited to one page)
This question is about resilience and your ability to bounce back after a mistake or a setback. Note that MIT is asking here for a “personal setback” They aren’t interested in a team or company or group setback. This had to have been a reversal or defeat for you. Also realize that a setback is a temporary impediment to progress.
Again, focus on one event; I’m sure you don’t want to go into more than one. Briefly relate the setback and spend most of your five hundred words on overcoming the experience. What did you do, feel and learn from the experience. Rather than say you learned you “can overcome anything,” which sometimes is more than a little overused, focus on key strategies and tactics you used to overcome your setback.
For more on my thoughts on answering setback questions, please watch this video. I created it in response to last year’s HBS question about setback, but the message is relevant here too. (Sorry. I am uncharacteristically somber and serious in this video.)
The Admissions Committee invites you to share anything else you would like us or your future classmates to know about you. This may be in written or multimedia format. Please do not use Flash Media Player, and include a URL where it can be accessed online. Written essays should be 300 words or fewer.
I discussed this question with someone in MIT Sloan’s admissions office last week. First of all realize that you can choose an essay or multi-media presentation. The media option is there so you can express yourself in the way you find easiest and most revealing. MIT does not want a recycled essay from another school. The person I spoke to was explicit about that. If you choose the multi-media format, realize it should be something viewable in about a minute — no 20-minute videos or 100-slide expositions or lengthy orations. Keep it short. It’s also fine to link to something you have created for a club, event, or cause that’s important to you.
What’s behind the option? A deep and sincere desire to meet you as a human being. A genuine, animated, real live human being. So don’t regurgitate your resume or spew stuff found in the required elements of your application. Have the confidence to share a special interest or deep commitment. I’m not suggesting Mommy Dearest or True Confessions; use judgment. I am suggesting that you allow the reader to see a good side of you not revealed elsewhere in the application. Let them see what makes you smile, motivates you to jump out of bed with joy, and gives you a feeling of satisfaction when you turn out the light at the end of the day.
If you would like help with your MIT Sloan MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our MIT Sloan School Package which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the MIT Sloan MBA application.
Round I Round II
Application Due: Oct 24, 2012* Dec 27, 2012*
Decisions Released: Jan 29, 2013 Apr 2, 2013
*Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. ET
By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.
We are two days away from the end of Accepted’s Kids Kicking Cancer Holiday campaign. (Accepted will donate $1 for every Like we get on our FB wall through Sunday Dec. 18)
We thank each and every one of you who has either liked our Facebook page or told your friend about our efforts on behalf of Kids Kicking Cancer. We have received over 200 likes since the campaign began (as I’m writing), but there is room for more. Much more room, and profound need.
How do I know? Our youngest son developed leukemia when he was six. I’m sure you realize that a diagnosis like that is devastating, and the treatment incredibly harsh, especially if the disease progresses. However, few can fathom the psychological and emotional impact on a child.
Tragically, I know what it is, and I know how hard it is to handle that stress and to empower a sick child in a healthy way. Kids Kicking Cancer addresses those issues. It “helps children with cancer manage the stress and pain of their disease and treatments through personalized coaching instructed by black belt martial artists.”
So why don’t I simply write a check? Been there. Done that. We actually have supported KKC for years. This campaign introduces this worthy organization to many who don’t know of its existence. A non-sectarian organization, KKC works in hospitals throughout the U.S. and is starting to branch out abroad.
With your help during this holiday season, we can help KKC expand further. As one recommendation on Facebook said, “This is the easiest uplifting thing you can do this December.
Please lend a hand:
There are only two days left…
By Linda Abraham, founder and president of Accepted.com, co-author of MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.