More Advice From The Kellogg MBA And Chicago Booth
First, both representatives emphasized being yourself in your essays. Don’t try to write essays that show who you think the Kellogg MBA and Chicago Booth want to see. Instead show them who you are – your personality, values, sense of humor, etc. Dig deep for experiences outside of work and feel free to discuss very personal moments from your life.
The Chicago Booth representative also underscored how diverse their class is in terms of professional backgrounds. Business school is not only for investment bankers and consultants as their recent classes have boasted a former professional cheerleader and a cop.
The Kellogg MBA representative highlighted the school’s culture of initiative. Each year the school changes a bit because of what new students bring to it. Thus as an applicant try to show your innovative ideas for their campus – what will you start and lead?
Finally, one obvious takeaway from the panel was the value of information sessions, something we have mentioned on this blog often. Whether on campus or off campus, try to go to info sessions for your schools of interest. Hearing from admissions representatives (in addition to students and alums) gives you a good sense of each school’s culture and values. These insights will help you not only find the right schools for you but also help you demonstrate your fit with those schools in the essays.