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Posted by Chioma Isiadinso
Yale School of Management requires MBA applicants to answer one essay question of 500 words, explaining their ability to influence positive change. Below, I have outlined tips for using this essay to fulfill your overall MBA application strategy.
Essay 1: The Yale School of Management educates individuals who will have deep and lasting impact on the organizations they lead. Describe how you have positively influenced an organization- as an employee, a member, or an outside constituent. (500 words)
The best MBA admission essays here will focus on one example of sustained influence, not several of slightly less impact. Choose an organization that has meant a lot to you, either as an employer or in your personal life. Preferably, choose an organization in which you have had a leadership role, officially or unofficially.
Then, carefully list all of the ways that you have impacted that organization. Have you been able to increase its profitability or economic viability? Have you changed its culture? Have you helped the organization achieve a major goal, or set new goals for the future? If you were to ask someone within the organization what your impact had been, what would they say? These questions should give you some idea of what you want to write about.
After brainstorming, choose one-two themes that best encompass your influence on the organization, and select examples to solidify your themes. Where possible, include numbers that can concretely show your impact. Outline your influence clearly in your essay, beginning with your initial involvement, showing a progression, and stating the results of your efforts. Consider, also, sharing how the organization has influenced your life and shaped how you will approach your future, including your time as a student at Yale.
For more information, visit Yale SOM’s website.
Deadlines: Round 1- September 18; Round 2- January 8; Round 3- April 23