How to Write an Essay

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1. What are your short- and long-term goals, and how will a Chicago Booth MBA help you reach them? (500 words) This question remains unchanged from last year except that you are allowed to use 500 words instead of 600 words. A Goals Essay connects past, present and future i.e. your past work- experience (past), your goals,(future), and the need of an MBA from a particular school to achieve your goals (present). The Schools want to see that you have a clear plan/ vision for future and you have the ability to convince them of the same by telling your story in an engaging manner. Past: Begin your essay with a story/ event/ life experience that reflects passion for your chosen field ( eg. marketing or finance) leading to your Bachelors degree .Continue your story about your past experience and provide details about how you have pursued your interest/passion and progressed along your career path all these years. Make sure your story showcases your personal and professional attributes. (approximately 100 words ) Future: Then relate your short term and long term goals to real life experiences that have helped you shape your goals. Explain why you believe that an MBA is the next logical step in your career path? How an MBA will bring you closer to the fulfillment of your goals? . Also, discuss why it makes sense to do MBA NOW and not after 1-2 years? Short term goals: Be clear and quite decisive for short term goals (even if you are not 100% sure.) Show that you have put some thought into it. Long Term Goals: It’s ok to be more broad and idealistic for long term goals, but explain steps (A to B to C) Show sincerity and passion in talking about your dreams. When discussing your long term goals, please make sure there is a logical connection between short term and long term goals. (approximately 200-words) Present: Once you have justified the

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