"Pressed against the deadline, I ordered F1GMAT's Winning MBA Essay Guide as their blogs always had something interesting to say. It was by far one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Going through the Essay Guide, I learned the art of storytelling, using various ploys mentioned in the book. Most important one being the “W pattern,” a strategy of information sharing that creates a sense of excitement in the mind of the reader." - MIT Sloan MBA Candidate
Only 1 in 900 gains admission to Harvard MBA program. If you write your essay focused only on your achievements, post-MBA goals, and your pre-MBA experience, you will be among the 899 rejected applicants.
ATTENTION is the secret ingredient. How will you get the attention of the essay reviewer?
You know why parables shared 1000 years ago are still shared among us?
Yes, the art of storytelling has won presidency for Obama, transformed Apple from an unknown start-up to a brand synonymous with Quality, and gained admission for the average MBA Applicant.
F1GMAT's Winning MBA Essay guide will teach you how to transform your essay to an epic life journey with trials and tribulations that will move the admission team.
Who Should Buy The Winning MBA Essay Guide?
If your essay looks too bland, our Winning MBA Essay Guide will show you, with examples, on how to use the elements of Storytelling like Incorporating "The Struggle", Using Emotional connectors, narrating the Journey and the use of Chronology, Vividness and Active Verbs to transform your essays.
If you are stuck in the Writing process, our Winning MBA Essay Guide will show you how to silence the Analytic Mind and overcome mental blocks.
If you feel that the essays are not persuasive, our Winning MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.
If you don't have enough leadership experience, our Winning MBA Essay Guide will show you how to highlight non-obvious qualities like Trust, Focus, Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, Humility, Self-Knowledge, and other secondary traits to prove your leadership.
If you don't know how to review your essays, our Winning MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to improve readability with the power of iteration, and maintain your original voice by removing review biases.
Winning MBA Essay Guide Includes
+Harvard MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
+ Stanford MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample Essay A
+ Chicago Booth MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
#1. Modern Art = Make you Think
#2. Teamwork and Individual Ambition
#4. Diversity = Creativity
#5. Classroom Experience
#6. Harper Center
+ Columbia MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay – Most Passionate About
Sample MBA Essay – Free Day
+ MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample Cover Letter
+ Kellogg MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample Essay - Leadership and Challenges
Sample Essay - How you have grown and intend to grow
+ Insead MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample Essay 1: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses
Sample Essay 2: Achievements and Failures
Sample Essay 3: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are
+ Haas MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Non-Profit
Sample MBA Essay: Technology
Sample MBA Essay: Marketing
Sample MBA Essay: Getting Fired
Sample MBA Essay: Diverse and Inclusive Culture
Sample MBA Essay: Leadership
Sample MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goal & How Pre-MBA Experience will help
+ Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay – Investment Banker
Sample MBA Essay - Consultant
Sample MBA Essay - Technologist
Sample MBA Essay - Marketer
Sample MBA Essay - Entrepreneur
+ Ross MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Finance Professional who was a former member of a rock band
Sample MBA Essay: Technologist (Idea to Action)
Sample MBA Essay: Creative Marketing (Idea to Action)
Sample MBA Essay: Consulting (Made a Difference)
Sample MBA Essay: Losing a Client (Resilience)
Sample MBA Essay: Finance to Marketing (extra-curricular)
Sample MBA Essay: I am Aware that I am different
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People
Sample MBA Essay: A valuable thing I have taught someone
Sample Essay – Part 2 (Short-term & Long-Term Goals, skills relevant to your career goals and how Ross
prepares you for the goals)
+ Wharton MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
8 Professional Gains
+ London Business School MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
London as the Financial Hub
London as the Technology Hub
London as the Consulting Hub
How to Cite the Curriculum (Example)
Sample LBS MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goals - How Prior Experience & LBS MBA will contribute (486
+ Darden MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Case Study Method
What is valued at Darden?
Framework for Answering the Darden Essay Question
Sample Darden Essay: When your opinion evolved through discussions (499 Words)
+ Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua Short-Answer Essay Questions
Sample Short-term Goals Essay – Technology to Consulting (100 Words)
Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Consulting for Government (100 Words)
Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Plan B (89 Words)
Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things
Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (Max 2 Pages)
+ NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (498 Words)
Essay 3: Personal Expression (a.k.a. "Pick Six")
5 Examples with Images
+ Sample Essays
+ The Art of Storytelling
+ Leadership Narratives
+ Review Tips
+ Persuasion Strategies
+ The Secret to "unleashing" your unique voice
+ How to write about your Strengths
+ How to write about your Weaknesses
10 Rules to Fight Wordiness (Snapshot from Winning MBA Essay Guide)
Frequently Asked Questions
1) How many School-specific Essay Tips for the 2018 Entering Class has been included in Winning MBA Essay Guide?
We have included 15 School-specific MBA Application Essay Tips (Harvard, Stanford, Chicago Booth, Columbia, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Insead, Haas, Yale SOM, Ross, Duke Fuqua, Darden, Wharton, NYU Stern and LBS) for the 2018 Entering Class
2) What is the difference between Individual Essay Guides and Winning MBA Essay Guide
Winning MBA Essay Guide is a collection of individual Essay Guides.
For example, Harvard MBA Essay Guide includes Essay Tips on answering the latest Harvard MBA Essay with a Sample Essay and 200+ pages of Essay Writing and Editing tips.
Winning MBA Essay Guides includes Harvard MBA Essay Tips + 12 School-specific Essay Tips
(Stanford, Chicago Booth, Columbia, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Insead, Haas, Yale SOM, Ross, Duke Fuqua, Darden, NYU Stern, Wharton and LBS) + over 200 pages of Essay Writing and Editing tips.
3) Are there Sample Essays included in Winning MBA Essay Guide?
We have included Sample Essays for
4) MIT Sloan (Cover Letter)
10) London Business School
12) Duke Fuqua
13) NYU Stern
For others (Booth & Wharton), we have included Essay Tips (For Booth - Analysis of each pictorial prompt and Wharton - 8 Professional Gains) and Strategies to answer the Essays.
In addition to Essay Tips, we have analyzed the curriculum in detail for each school and demonstrated how to quote them in your essays according to your post-MBA goals.
Note: Sample Essays is offered as a template to guide your writing process. Don't copy it.
4) How many pages does Winning MBA Essay Guide have?
Last Updated: 19th May 2018 (HBS MBA Essay Tips)
5) Will I get the next version of the book for free if I purchase Winning MBA Essay Guide now?
All the updates to the book are free for 1-year from the date of purchase. If you purchase the book during Feb, March, April, May and June - the 2018 Entering class version, you are eligible for a free update when the next version (2019 Entering class) is released in June/July.
If you have purchased the book before February, send us a request. We will add the next version of the book to your account.
6) Who should I contact for any questions about the Winning MBA Essay Guide?
You can contact the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or Call us at USA (Ph): +1 415-800-3806/India (Ph): +91 9497189032 or Skype us at F1GMAT.
We answer all the questions within 1-3 hours. For urgent questions, feel free to call us.
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Buy the book for Storytelling tips, curriculum analysis and Sample Essays. Well worth the money." - Chicago Booth MBA 2017 Entering Class
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"Pressed against the deadline, I ordered F1GMAT's Winning MBA Essay Guide as their blogs always had something interesting to say. It was by far one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Going through the Essay Guide, I learned the art of storytelling, using various ploys mentioned in the book. Most important one being the “W pattern,” a strategy of information sharing that creates a sense of excitement in the mind of the reader. As someone who did not have impressive titles to show career progression and leadership skills, I tried to understand non-obvious ways of showing leadership skill by going through the chapter on how leadership traits can be showcased even in small habits and experiences. The exhaustive schools specific research compiled in F1GMAT’s Essay Guides, covering history, culture, courses and specialties, saved me from spending countless hours on forums and gave me an adequate understanding of the school."- MIT Sloan MBA 2016 Entering Class