All the information your MBA essay needs to be wow the Admissions Committee is already in your mind. Your job is to transfer the information in your memory and thought processes onto the printed page. You have to remember this when you are staring at your admissions essay question. You have to assume this position of control or elese you might do what countless other MBA applicants do-get frozen into procrastination by the seemingly huge and impossible task of writing yourself in a coherent essay. It is always easier to take the path of least resistance but you must resist the temptation. In fact, writing your admissions essay for MBA school should be one of your first challenges to overcome. You will be faced with many such challenges n MBA school-there will always be papers due and projects that pop up with short deadlines. Use your experience writing an effective MBA essay as your springboard to the effective writing techniques that will help you overcome the academic challenges posed by MBA school. Use the tips below on how to create a wiritng system that w ill help you write your MBA essay without really trying.
Organize your information around themes and clusters
Your first step should be to read through your resume after you read the question posed by the admissions package. Read the question thoroughly. Get a clear idea as to how wide or how narrow it is. Wrap your mind around it. Don’t assume you understand it after the first couple of readings. Keep reading it. Read it slowly. Figure out if you have a clear understanding of its full extent and implications. Once you are sure that you have a clear idea, write down several themes that are related to the MBA admission essay question. Next, read through your resumeand go through your memories. Quickly write down the first things that come to mind that involve the themes. Just let your mind guide your fingers as you type out your facts. Don’t worry about writing in correct English or providing too much details. Your focus should be to capture as much of your thoughts as possible and to quickly write them down.
Break down themes and clusters into simple groups
Once you have facts lsited around themes, read through the items you have written down and figure out if they require you to tighten your theme or tweak it slightly. Keep reading your items and keep modifying your themes. Beak down the themes. Once you have them broken down, move your facts and evidence around. Make sure each theme is fully supported with the right cluster of information.
Eliminate weak themes and absorb them into stronger ones
How can you tell which theme is the strongest? Simple. It is the theme which most of your facts naturally fit under. Even facts that look like they fall under another theme can be remolded and reworked into a stronger theme.
James DeReal, the popular education issues blogger, wrote this guest post. He enjoys writing about writing challenges.