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Mays Business School, Texas A & M University essay analysis 2016-17

Posted on January 09, 2017
Mays Business School essay analysis

So the essays that we are going to be looking at in this video are from Texas A&M University, Mays Business School.
 
 

 
Location-wise, it’s a great place. Also, Mays Business School has a pretty good ranking. This is one of those underrated B-Schools that a lot of people ignore but I would seriously recommend that you have a look at the school.
 
Great infrastructure, great faculty, great reputation and it’s a school which is in Texas. As I said, location-wise it is advantageous, because of where it is.
 
 

Essay 1

 

What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? To the best of your ability, please describe the type of position and type of organization you plan to target. How do your experiences to date align with this goal and how will the Mays MBA program assist you in reaching this goal? (Maximum length: 2 pages, double-spaced)

 
The maximum length indicates that you have roughly around 600 words.
 
I usually use a thumb rule of around 300-350 words per page, so keep the length to 500-600 words.
 
I will give you a very simple structure. Split it into three parts.
 
The first part that you need to talk about is the fact that you are looking at a very specific post-MBA goal.
 
This is where people end up missing it out. They say things that are very generic. They say, “I want to get into a general management position”, “I want to get into consulting”, and “I want to get into finance”
 
Now that’s a very broad term. What they’re really looking at (this is where you can probably make a note) are:
 
What is the industry?
 
What is the function?
 
What is the geography?
 
For example, the industry could be technology. The function could be product management. And the geography could be West Coast.
 
This shows that you have a very specific goal. If you have these three, then you should also be able to tell who your dream employer is, what is the typical title of people at such roles (So you could say, “I want to be a product manager at Google). So you have a very specific title and you have a very specific company. It has to be at this level of detail.
 
So I would say, that more than writing the essays, you probably need to think through what is it that you want to do.
 
Once you’ve written this, now you need to talk about how your experiences are aligned to this goal. This means, you cannot just wake up one day and say, “hey, I want to be a product manager. Seems to be cool.” You need to tell what in your background (it could be a professional experience or it could even be some personal traits that you have) equip s you for this career path.
 
Are you very analytical in nature? Is it that you worked in a hardcore technological field?
 
What is it that helps you get to this career point?
 
The only people who need to be super cautious are those who are looking at a career switch.
 
So if you were in engineering and you want to get into finance, you need to back it up.
 
Otherwise you just need to plot a line from point x to point y as to how you think your background helps.
 
Now, you obviously don’t have everything you need to get to that point. Otherwise you would have done that without an MBA. So what do you do?
 
In the third part, you specifically talk about how Texas A&M University and specifically the Mays Business School is going to help you get there.
 
What are the tools that it would give you?
 
What are the skill sets that you would like to learn?
 
How would the network and the community help you?
 
All of these are very crucial. One thing I always maintain—don’t write platitudes. Avoid sentences that say world class infrastructure and renowned faculty—they know everything. Don’t tell the B-school what they already know.
 
Tell them how they will be able to help you. Tell them how you will contribute to the program.
 
 
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Essay 2

 

Please select three of the following prompts to answer. Each of your three answers should be no more than 100 words in length. Please clearly identify which prompts you are addressing.
 
• My greatest passion is….
 
• The most important lesson I have learned is….
 
• I am unique because….
 
• My biggest challenge has been….
 
• The best advice I have received is….
 
• My greatest professional contribution is….

 
The beauty of a fill-in the blank structure that it clearly tell you what to write. There’s no chance for you to meander. So focus on completing the blank. Think of it as a fill in the blank. Once you complete the blank, you have a sentence.
 
Let me give an example:
 
• My greatest passion is….
 
My greatest passion is helping others
 
Now this is my mission statement.
 
I now have about 80 words to say why helping others is my greatest passion.
 
Often, it’s human nature that you’re attracted to something. So you can say that as a child I’ve always been attracted to helping others. And then give proof of how you’ve helped others.
 
• The most important lesson I have learned is….
 
Second one, it is not the lesson itself but why that lesson is important. What have you learnt? How have you been able to implement it in life?
 
• I am unique because….
 
Unique means special. It doesn’t mean one in the world. If that is the case, they would have said, “I’m a freak because…”
 
So it’s not something that only you have, but it’s something that could be a little different. For example, there are people how have actually performed on stage in front of an audience of thousands of people.
 
That’s a very rare quality to have. So, if you’ve done something offbeat, you should pick this one.
 
• My biggest challenge has been….
 
It is not just knowing what the challenge is, but why you perceive that to be a challenge and how you’ve overcome that. Again, this gives an insight into who you are as a person.
 
• The best advice I have received is….
 
Let me finish this for you….that I should not be so self-critical. Now, why are you self-critical? How do you overcome that? How is that reflected in the way you approach work? Again, 100 words, keep that in mind.
 
• My greatest professional contribution is….
 
This one has to be really big. It cannot be something that is normal. It cannot be something that you did well. It has to be something g more than that.
 
I would pick this only if I have done something really big and significant at work and I really want to showcase it. Otherwise, you’re probably better off licking the other softer aspects.
 
 
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Optional Essay

 

If you would like to share additional information with the Admissions Committee, please do so here. Suitable topics include gaps in post-college work experience and concerns about academic/test performance. (Maximum length – 1 page, double-spaced)

 
As I have always maintained about optional essays, use it only if you have something unique to say, something that is not addressed anywhere in your candidature.
 
So if you have a GMAT score of 630-640, you need to mention it over here.
 
If you have a gap in your work experience of 6 months, while pursuing a startup idea, you should mention it over here. Apart from that just let it be.
 
Thanks a lot for being with us. In case you think we can help you with your applications, please feel free to let us know, we’d be more than glad to have a look and see if we can help you in your MBA journey.
 
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