I’ve been slow posting my comments for Yale’s essay questions. It’s been busy! Yale’s text is in black. My comments are in red.
Round 1: October 25, 2006
Round 2: January 10, 2007
Round 3: March 14, 2007
1. why an mba?
Please describe your short- and long-term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. 500 words maximum
You’ve seen this before — a classic goals question. What do you want to do after your MBA short-term and long-term and how will an MBA help you achieve that goal.
Now this question does not ask specifically about Yale, but it is here that you can really show fit with the program. Yale has just inaugurated a new curriculum that emphasizes the integration of business functions. In your essays discuss how an integrated, general management approach is important to the achievement of your goals. How will a highly structured, but innovative program, with a required international project help you achieve your goals. That program just happens to be Yale’s.
2. personal statement
Please develop a question/topic of your choice and answer it in essay form. Please state the question/topic at the beginning of your essay. 500 words maximum
Some example questions/topics include:
• Describe a situation in which your leadership and/or teamwork had a significant impact.
• What personal achievement are you most proud of and why?
• What activities/interests do you enjoy outside the office and/or classroom and how would you integrate these activities/
interests into the Yale SOM community?
• What is the most difficult feedback that you have received and how did you address it?
• Where is the most exciting place you have ever been and what did you learn from being there?
• Describe a situation where you questioned your values and/or beliefs.
• What does accountability mean to you?
• If you are reapplying: How has your candidacy changed since your last application?
Yale is being really nice and making your life easy. It gives you a wide choice of topics. Choose one that will allow you to write revealingly and easily about yourself and go for it! This essay should complement Essay 1 and should not be duplicated by the Optional Essay. Choose the topic that will allow you to present yourself at your best.
If any aspect of your candidacy needs further explanation, please provide any additional information that you would like the
Admissions Committee to consider. 200 words maximum
Why isn’t your current supervisor writing your rec? Why did your grades dip during the first semester of your senior year? Why is their a six-month gap on your resume? What are you doing now while working for a family business after having left a prestigious investment bank and why did you make the change? Answering any of those questions (but not all) could be the topic of your optional essay. And of course an infinite number of similar subjects could be worthwhile discussing in the optional essay.
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