Columbia CBS Essay Tips
Columbia Short Answer Question Tips
Columbia has been constantly reducing the word limit on this one. Last year the limit was 75 characters and this year with 50 characters, you are forced to be think clearly and write concisely. Be laser focused in your goal as well as your expression.
Some of the example from CBS site include:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a strategy consulting firm.”
“Launch a data-management start-up.”
There is a fine balance in revealing a rather personal and sensitive information and avoiding revealing too much information that could be construed inappropriate for professional context. Maintain that balance.
Write a brief, direct, credible response with concentrated focus on your short term post-CBS goal. Write this essay in tandem with Columbia's first essay, to avoid contradiction and to ensure connectivity.
Examples from the Columbia site are: 'After my MBA I want to join a consulting firm specializing in renewable energy and power companies.' 'I hope to work in business development for a media company that is expanding its reach in Asia.' 'My goal is to work for an investment firm that focuses on community development projects.'
Go for it!
Use the Columbia optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out such as gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA or academic disciplinary actions are some potential points. Comment on your shortcomings with intelligence, perspective and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming others for your failures will be counter-productive. Explain the issues clearly and maintain greater focus on the corrective actions taken. For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college, spend more space demonstrating what you learned from the experience and how you have been a better person/ student/ citizen ever since.Cornell Johnson