Essays and she-says

24 Jun

I started working on my essays this week and I have come to two conclusions:

  1. It doesn’t get easier,
  2. Knowing the response to the essay prompt is totally different from being able to communicate it in the essay within the specified limit.

I knew my answers to most of the essay prompts the moment I read them but I have had a difficult time putting those answers down in a convincing format. The drafts are getting better though they are still not good enough for me to send to any of my reviewers, which brings me to the business of essay reviews.

I discovered some errors in my submission to Booth last year after I had submitted and part of me believes that is one of the reasons I didn’t get in. Therefore, I want to make sure that if I don’t get into any of the schools I apply to, it won’t be because of errors in my essay. This year, all my essays will be reviewed by at least two out of these three categories of people:

  • Family and Friends
  • Colleagues
  • Current students and Alumni

Another thing I plan to do is to give my essays to friends and ask them to tell me the prompt from what they can read, that way I will be sure that I have answered the questions asked.

I’m open to any other suggestions regarding essays, if you care to share yours.


Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Application


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4 responses to “Essays and she-says

  1. domotron

    June 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    One tip I found useful when I applied last year. Once you feel it’s your essay draft is in a good place, put it aside and do not look at it for a week. Work on another set of essays or something else and then come back to it. You will have more time to contemplate subconsciously and will notice mistakes and make amendments.

    • NaijaMBAgal

      June 26, 2014 at 5:55 am

      That’s a great idea. It’ll be like looking at it with new eyes.


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