Finding ‘balance’ in your MBA admissions essay can be a challenging task. Your goal is to really target the prompt and integrate qualities and experience that strengthen and add color to your candidacy. You want to address each facet of the prompt, without sounding too mechanical or perfunctory; you want to convey a sense of humanity and personality, without sounding unprofessional or informal.
Consider the following prompt from Wharton:
“As a leader in global business, Wharton is committed to sustaining “a truly global presence through its engagement in the world.” What goals are you committed to and why? How do you envision the Wharton MBA contributing to the attainment of those goals?”
The first sentence and the ‘why’ dimension of the prompt present a huge opportunity for candidates that are able to seize it. While most candidates will use this prompt as a basic long-term goals and ‘fit’ essay, we encourage you to do more.
This “global presence” component does not suggest you need to have international or multi-cultural experience in order to be compatible with Wharton (though global experience is definitely an exploitable strength). Wharton is looking for applicants that are able to think with a high-level perspective, and evaluate their experiences in a global context. Furthermore, Wharton is looking for immediately transferable skills: how will you engage with the community around you? How will you build connections and think beyond your own experience to learn and contibute?
Always remember to actively consider the ‘why’ dimension of every prompt. Use this is an opportunity to share more detail about you and the forces that drive you. Demonstrate the perspective that will aid you at Wharton, and also in your long-term career. Globalization is a reality that will impact all future business leaders, and many of the resultant challenges and dynamics also manifest in the MBA program at Wharton and elsewhere.
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