65 Successful Harvard Business School Application Essays: With Analysis by the Staff of The Harbus, the Harvard Business School Newspaper (2nd Edition)
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YOUR LIFE . . . IN 300 WORDS OR LESS
It's a daunting task. Even the most seasoned professionals find business school application essays to be among the hardest pieces they ever write. With a diverse pool of talented people applying to the nation's top schools from the most successful companies and prestigious undergraduate programs in the world, a simple biography detailing accomplishments and goals isn't enough. Applicants need clear and compelling arguments that grab admissions officers and absolutely refuse to let go.
To help them write the essays that get them accepted into Harvard or any of the country's other top programs, the staff of The Harbus---HBS's student newspaper---have updated and revised their collection of sixty-five actual application essays as well as their detailed analysis of them so that applicants will be able to:
* Avoid common pitfalls
* Play to their strengths
* Get their message across
Wherever they are applying, the advice and tested strategies in 65 Successful Harvard Business School Application Essays give business professionals and undergraduates the insider's knowledge to market themselves most effectively and truly own the process.
where the diploma is now. No, this essay question is not intended to penalize you for those frat parties and spring breaks years ago. This essay topic seeks to mine the defining moments of your undergraduate journey. Before you take a stab at this essay, step back and try to think about the following questions. What made you select your undergraduate major? What made you switch course? A move from biology to philosophy is drastic and probably merits an explanation. What are some of your
candidate for Harvard Business School. The author of this essay is also successful at highlighting interesting experiences in his undergraduate education that both add color to his personality and distinguish him from other Wharton under-grads. Having marketed for Atlantic Records, raised funds for Bill Bradley, and worked on clean-water issues in Chile, the applicant portrays himself as someone who has made the most of a diverse set of opportunities. Wouldn’t you want to get to know this person
barrier—in the second story. His successful move from Russia to Peru is remarkable for any teenager. The cultural, linguistic, political, and structural diversity may have been demoralizing, but the author demonstrates his versatility, strength, and determination in successfully adapting to his new environment. The third accomplishment again balances the overall thematic choices across the essay by focusing on an academic accomplishment. We encourage applicants to balance themes across the three
V.1.0 for the technology that’s helped one in ten Internet users find a broadband connection. 3 I am proud of my music. I have been obsessed with entertaining large crowds ever since I first laid hands on a pair of turntables in high school. I began my career as a bilingual “turntablist” my senior year abroad at a nightclub called Taxman in Moscow. Since then, I have developed a repertoire that includes gigs in some of Europe’s and America’s largest nightclubs, including sellout crowds of
work, providing they convey a clear message. As for the tone of this essay, candidates have absolute freedom as to how to best express themselves. Serious or light, again the important thing is that tone and topic treated are appropriate and logical. For example, if you choose to talk about how your first entrepreneurial venture was selling ice cream in minus-ten-degree weather, it’s perfectly appropriate to adopt a humorous tone while invariably demonstrating your salesmanship. The following