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[Essay] Stanford GSB MBA 2016年入学Deadline & Essays 及Essay解析(斯坦福)

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Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: 22 September 2015
  • Round 2: 12 January 2016
  • Round 3: 05 April 2016

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Essays help us learn about who you are rather than solely what you have done. Other parts of the application give insight to your academic and professional accomplishments; the essays reveal the person behind those achievements.

When writing your essays, resist the urge to “package” yourself into what you think Stanford wants to see. Doing so will only prevent us from understanding who you really are and what you hope to accomplish. The most impressive essays are the most authentic.

Essay Questions for the Class of 2018

We request that you write two personal essays. The personal essays give us glimpses of your character and hopes. In each essay, we want to hear your genuine voice. Think carefully about your values, passions, aims, and dreams prior to writing them.

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why?
For this essay, we would like you to:
  • Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
  • Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.
  • Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.
  • Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.

Essay B: Why Stanford?
Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.
  • Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.
  • Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.

Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1,150 words. Below are suggested word counts per essay, but you should allocate the maximum word count in the way that is most effective for you.
EssaySuggested Word Count
Essay A750
Essay B400

  • 12-pt. font size
  • Double-spaced
  • Recommended font types: Arial, Courier, or Times New Roman
  • Indicate the question you are answering at the beginning of each essay (does not count toward the word limit)
  • Number all pages
  • Upload one document that includes both essays
Be sure to save a copy of your essays, and preview the uploaded document to ensure that the formatting is preserved.

Editing Your Essays
Begin work on the essays early to give yourself time to reflect, write, and edit.
Feel free to ask friends or family members for constructive feedback — specifically if the tone and voice sound like you. Your family and friends know you better than anyone. If they think the essays do not capture who you are, how you live, what you believe, and what you aspire to do, then surely we will be unable to recognize what is most distinctive about you.

Feedback Vs. Coaching
There is a big difference, however, between “feedback” and “coaching.” You cross that line when any part of the application (excluding the letters of reference) ceases to be exclusively yours in either thought or word.
Appropriate feedback occurs when others review your completed application — perhaps once or twice — and apprise you of omissions, errors, or inaccuracies that you later correct or address. After editing is complete, your thoughts, voice, and style remain intact. Inappropriate coaching occurs when you allow others to craft your application for you and, as a result, your application or self-presentation is not authentic.
It is improper and a violation of the terms of this application process to have someone else write your essays. Such behavior will result in denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Last Updated 6 May 2015

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Karen’s Essay Analysis (个人观点,转载请注明出处)

借用一句前段时间很热门的台词来说,最初被邀请写Stanford Essay解析的时候,我是拒绝的。原因主要是——第一,这家延用10多年的第一道题堪称MBA申请界最难写Essay,没有之一;第二,学校本身其实已经给出了足够详细的guidance;第三,最懂这篇文章精髓的几乎有且只有在校生或校友。以下文字主要为结合过往辅导经验的个人解读,请谨慎参考。

Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (Suggested Word Count: 750)
首先需要强调的一点是,这篇文章的重点不是这个“what”,请不要费尽心思试图琢磨出一个惊世骇俗夺人眼球的答案。近几年我看过的成功录取人的Essay中,这个“what”本身绝不稀奇,有的甚至有些俗套,有的也许就是正在看这篇解析的你曾经想过的内容。但每个“what”背后的supporting evidence,却是五花八门,各有特色。如果一定要总结一个共同点,那就是,It’s a story that only he/she can tell. 可以理解为,攀登上HBS和Stanford高峰的人,大抵都是经历丰富的有故事的人。因此,建议申请人不要着急得出结论,而是先做一次深刻的自我反思——回顾一下自己从小到大的一些重要事件,主要是一些important decisions you made,总结一下每件事体现了你怎样的性格和价值观——这些决定了你的思考和行为方式,使你成为独一无二的你。例如,当你面临选择时,你是如何权衡的?当你需要牺牲时,你的Priority是什么?某件事明明用别的方式做也是可以接受的,为什么你却那样做?……理清楚这些后,从中把重复多次、体现得淋漓尽致的那一个idea拎出来,用它作为主线,把enhance这个特质的相关事件串联起来。


Essay B: Why Stanford? (Suggested Word Count: 400)
去年开始,这道题曾经的前半部分“What do you want to do─REALLY”被删去,仅留下了这一个更加开放式的问句。然而,个人认为,why school和申请人未来想做什么、希望从商学院获得什么——这样一个vision,终究是分不开的。因此,文章的开头,建议申请人还是先简要阐述一下自己的professional or/and personal goal(s),这个goal(s)最好具备以下几个特点:


说清楚了goal,文章的后半部分则要描写在Stanford GSB所能获得的一些“独特的”机会,比如课程、项目、活动、学生组织等等,记住,是“专属于它”的资源,不是硅谷附近随便一所学校都能轻易满足的。结尾,表明一下你打算如何利用这些资源去更好地实现你的目标。
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Thanks for sharing!
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