Breakdown of Stanford GSB Admissions Essays

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Breakdown of Stanford GSB Admissions Essays

  1. 1. Stanford Essay Analysis
  2. 2. I’m Katie <ul><li>Admissions Consultant with Stacy Blackman Consulting since 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>BA from Harvard </li></ul><ul><li>Teach for America, Oversaw Admissions Process </li></ul><ul><li>MBA from Stanford </li></ul><ul><li>Boston Consulting Group </li></ul><ul><li>Published You’re Accepted in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Published Earn it in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Committed Yogi </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Matters Most to Stanford? <ul><li>“ We’re looking for outstanding individuals and the very qualities that define you make the GSB a stimulating place to learn.” </li></ul><ul><li>um, OK…but what do they mean by “outstanding”? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Matters Most to Stanford? <ul><li>High Impact Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Team Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Community Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Vitality </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Global Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>oh…OK, well I am ALL of those things…so let me in! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Unfortunately, There’s a Catch <ul><li>You have to show, not tell! </li></ul><ul><li>The essays are your vehicle to show the admissions committee that you possess some of these desired qualities. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Essay 1 – What matters most to you, and why? <ul><li>Tip #1 : Take a deep breath. </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is a process in which you look inside yourself and try to express most clearly what is there” </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford Admissions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Essay 1 – What matters most to you, and why? <ul><li>Tip #2 : The answer is essentially a statement of life purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>“ By forcing you to select a particular value and write about it, the admissions committee hopes to learn what is central to your being.” </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford Admissions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Essay 1 – What matters most to you, and why? <ul><li>Tip #3 : Your answer should be supported by evidence from your life story. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Great essays…describe how and why these ‘whats’ have influenced your life.” </li></ul><ul><li>Derek Bolton, Director of Admissions </li></ul>
  9. 9. Essay 1 – What matters most to you, and why? <ul><li>Tip #4 : You must tell why this matters most to you. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The most common mistake applicants make is spending too much time describing the what and not enough time describing how these… forces have shaped…your lives” </li></ul><ul><li>Derek Bolton, Director of Admissions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Essay 2 – What are your career aspirations? What do you need to learn at Stanford to achieve them? <ul><li>Tip #1 : Express your enthusiasm for your career with a career vision statement. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Essay 2 – What are your career aspirations? What do you need to learn at Stanford to achieve them? <ul><li>Tip #2 : Explain why you are committed to these career aspirations. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Essay 2 – What are your career aspirations? What do you need to learn at Stanford to achieve them? <ul><li>Tip #3 : If you can substitute any school’s name in the Stanford specific part of the question, you have not done your homework. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The key here is that you should have objectives for your Stanford experience…” </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford Admissions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Instructions for Essay 3 <ul><li>Answer two of the following four questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us not only what you did but also how you did it. </li></ul><ul><li>What was the outcome? </li></ul><ul><li>How did people respond? </li></ul><ul><li>Only describe experiences that have occurred within the last three years. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Options for Essay 3 <ul><li>Tell us about a time when you built or developed a team whose performance exceeded expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about a time when you made a lasting impact on your organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about a time when you generated support from others for an idea or initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about a time when you went beyond what was defined, expected or established. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tip #1 : Use the STAR Framework and Focus on Action <ul><li>S ituation </li></ul><ul><li>T ask </li></ul><ul><li>A ction </li></ul><ul><li>R esult </li></ul>
  16. 16. Tips for Essay 3 <ul><li>Tip #2 : A leadership story features shared achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Tip #3 : The scale of the accomplishment is less important than the ability to highlight strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Tip #4 : Feature stories outside of work, especially if they can highlight a passion </li></ul>
  17. 17. Q & A <ul><li>If I did not answer your questions today </li></ul><ul><li>you can also contact us to schedule a </li></ul><ul><li>free consultation : </li></ul><ul><li>www.StacyBlackman.com/contact </li></ul>
  18. 18. Stacy Blackman Consulting <ul><li>www.StacyBlackman.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.StacyBlackman.com/blog </li></ul><ul><li>www.StacyBlackman.com/essay-guides </li></ul><ul><li>10% discount </li></ul><ul><li>enter promo code TREAT10 </li></ul>

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