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Kellogg Northwestern Essay Tips

Kellogg Northwestern 2016-2017 essays also maintain the focus on leadership and growth stories. This business school looks for the cultural fit and that is clearly highlighted in their essays. Make the best use of this opportunity!

Kellogg Essay 1

Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

Leadership and teamwork are the most desirable traits that almost all business schools look for, and Kellogg is no exception. It is clear in the new messaging: At Kellogg, we develop brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations, and markets. And to bring about any change, you need first to persuasively influence people. That is what Kellogg wants to know about you.

Think about your most recent and significant leadership experiences and choose the one that best exemplifies your leadership style. Until last year Kellogg didn't specify that the example has to be recent, so make sure you are not be stuck way back in time.

Detail the exact context of situation including the people involved, your role and the need to influence people. Demonstrate what you thought, how you acted and what the outcome was. You can talk in terms of about immediate outcome of the situation and your longer term transformation that has shaped your current leadership style.

Do remember to focus a substantial portion of the essay on the challenges you faced and what all you learned from the experience. The leadership example should portray your attitude and approach to leadership and also your ability to improve upon yourself.

Kellogg Essay 2

Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 word limit)  

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Kellogg has recently reworked its brand strategy and made its motto as: Inspiring Growth.

Dean Sally Blount recently said "Growth has long been the imperative and continues to be the biggest challenge that every organization faces.. Our 'inspiring growth' brand strategy highlights the important dual meaning of the English word ‘growth’ – both in terms of increasing economic value and increasing self-knowledge and insight."

This should give you some idea about why Kellogg is interested in knowing your personal growth story and your plan to utilize your time at Kellogg to grow into an accomplished professional.

If you look back in your life, you will realize you have grown in many areas. From a more obvious academic and career-related growth areas to more subtle changes in mindsets and perceptions. They say growth happens at the end of a comfort zone, so one possible way to identify your areas of transformation would be to think about the challenges you have faced and overcame in life. While the obstacles can be personal, social, professional, economic or even political, your focus needs to be in terms of learning and growth.
Kellogg Video Essay

After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete several Video Essay Questions. The questions will be comparable to questions asked in an interview setting.

Kellogg Video Essay Tips

READ here>>

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application. Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that you have made happen after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here. Note that the question is asking you to demonstrate a proactive stance in enhancing the quality of your application. So talking with that mindset.

Kellogg Optional Essay

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No word limit)

Kellogg Optional Essay Tips

Use the Kellogg optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. If you believe some aspect in your application that needs to be explained, better do so. Adcoms might making incorrect estimations in absence of explanation. E.g. if you are not providing recommendation from your immediate supervisor, adcom might construe you are not on good terms with your manager and might misconstrue your interpersonal skills. So, explicitly describe the reasons.

Comment on your shortcomings with intelligence, perspective and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming xyz for failures will be completely counter-productive. Explain the issue clearly and maintain greater focus on the correction for the issue. Keep it brief.

Go for it!

Essays and tips archives from past years

   

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Essays and Tips 2006-2007

   

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Kellogg Essay 1

Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

Leadership and teamwork are the most desirable traits that almost all business schools look for, and Kellogg is no exception. It is clear in the new messaging: At Kellogg, we develop brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations, and markets. And to bring about any change, you need first to persuasively influence people. That is what Kellogg wants to know about you.

Think about your most recent and significant leadership experiences and choose the one that best exemplifies your leadership style. Until last year Kellogg didn't specify that the example has to be recent, so make sure you are not be stuck way back in time.

Detail the exact context of situation including the people involved, your role and the need to influence people. Demonstrate what you thought, how you acted and what the outcome was. You can talk in terms of about immediate outcome of the situation and your longer term transformation that has shaped your current leadership style.

Do remember to focus a substantial portion of the essay on the challenges you faced and what all you learned from the experience. The leadership example should portray your attitude and approach to leadership and also your ability to improve upon yourself.

Kellogg Essay 2

Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 word limit)  

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Kellogg has recently reworked its brand strategy and made its motto as: Inspiring Growth.

Dean Sally Blount recently said "Growth has long been the imperative and continues to be the biggest challenge that every organization faces.. Our 'inspiring growth' brand strategy highlights the important dual meaning of the English word ‘growth’ – both in terms of increasing economic value and increasing self-knowledge and insight."

This should give you some idea about why Kellogg is interested in knowing your personal growth story and your plan to utilize your time at Kellogg to grow into an accomplished professional.

If you look back in your life, you will realize you have grown in many areas. From a more obvious academic and career-related growth areas to more subtle changes in mindsets and perceptions. They say growth happens at the end of a comfort zone, so one possible way to identify your areas of transformation would be to think about the challenges you have faced and overcame in life. While the obstacles can be personal, social, professional, economic or even political, your focus needs to be in terms of learning and growth.
Kellogg Video Essay

After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.

Kellogg Video Essay Tips

READ here>>

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application. Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that you have made happen after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here. Note that the question is asking you to demonstrate a proactive stance in enhancing the quality of your application. So talking with that mindset.

Kellogg Optional Essay

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No word limit)

Kellogg Optional Essay Tips

Use the Kellogg optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. If you believe some aspect in your application that needs to be explained, better do so. Adcoms might making incorrect estimations in absence of explanation. E.g. if you are not providing recommendation from your immediate supervisor, adcom might construe you are not on good terms with your manager and might misconstrue your interpersonal skills. So, explicitly describe the reasons.

Comment on your shortcomings with intelligence, perspective and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming xyz for failures will be completely counter-productive. Explain the issue clearly and maintain greater focus on the correction for the issue. Keep it brief.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Kellogg Essay 1

Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will. Challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you’ve had. How were you tested? What did you learn?

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

Kellogg has recently reworked its brand strategy and made its motto as: Inspiring Growth.

Dean Sally Blount recently said "Growth has long been the imperative and continues to be the biggest challenge that every organization faces.. Our 'inspiring growth' brand strategy highlights the important dual meaning of the English word ‘growth’ – both in terms of increasing economic value and increasing self-knowledge and insight."

This should give you some idea about why Kellogg is interested in knowing your personal growth story, your transformation through challenges.

To get started, shortlist the main challenges you have faced and overcame in life. While the obstacles can be personal, social, professional, economic or even political, your success needs a personal focus in terms of learning and growth. The most powerful message of the essay has to be how overcoming the challenge has shaped you and helped you abilities to succeed in life/work.

Having chosen the challenging situation, give context of the issue, and WHY this was a big challenge for you: that is 'How you were tested'. Try to show not only the facts of the situation but what thought and emotions you were going through. Once you have established that, then move on to how you tackled the issue.

Be careful to ensure that the essay focuses, not on your frustration or disappointment, but on the attitude, approach and actions that made you overcome the challenge. How you make your judgments about events/circumstances, the methods you adopt to understand varied aspects of a situation and how you use your skills and how you adapt, learn and change could be part of this section of the essay.

The strength of your learning and development through this experience and how you used this learning to make your life and yourself better is critical to the success of this essay. Give short examples of how the new version of you has succeeded in later situations through the new learning.

Kellogg Essay 2

Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people. What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all business schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. It is clear in the new messaging: At Kellogg, we develop brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations and markets. And to inspire any change, you need first to persuasively influence people. That is what Kellogg wants to know about you.

Assemble your most critical leadership experiences till date and choose 2-4 of them that best exemplify your leadership style. While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck way back in time. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences. The leadership examples should portray your attitude and approach to leadership and also your ability to improve upon yourself.

Detail the exact context of situation including the people involved, your role and the need to influence people. Demonstrate what you thought, how you acted and what the outcome was. You can talk in terms of about immediate outcome of the situation and your longer term transformation that has shaped your current leadership style.

Kellogg Video Essay

After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two Video Essay Questions. One will be about the candidate’s interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.

Kellogg Video Essay Tips

A couple of guidelines when preparing for a video essay:

- Dress appropriately: Business casuals at least if not formals. Treat these videos as mini-Skype interviews and you should be dressed accordingly.

- Suitable background: Keep a clean, neutral background. If possible have a white/light colored wall as your background. Make sure you are lit from front- not from your back or over the head. Aim for a quiet place with minimal distractions. Turn off your email, text, facebook, skype, twitter notifications both in cell phone and computer system.

- Look into camera: You want to appear talking to the person who would be watching your video, so try to make direct eye contact with them. Avoid looking away or down.

- Posture matters: Though mostly your torso up would be visible on the video, this is not the time and place to sit relaxed or slouch. A good posture will make a more positive impression.

Kellogg's Instructions on video essays: Each applicant will complete two short video essay questions. The questions are designed to bring to life the person we have learned about on paper. There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool and help applicants feel prepared. There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions. We encourage applicants to practice so they are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions. Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response. We estimate the Video Essays will take 30 minutes to complete – which includes time for set-up and answering all the practice questions.

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application. Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that you have made happen after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here. Note that the question is asking you to demonstrate a proactive stance in enhancing the quality of your application. So talking with that mindset.

Kellogg Optional Essay

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No word limit)

Kellogg Optional Essay Tips

Use the Kellogg optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. If you believe some aspect in your application that needs to be explained, better do so. Adcoms might making incorrect estimations in absence of explanation. E.g. if you are not providing recommendation from your immediate supervisor, adcom might construe you are not on good terms with your manager and might misconstrue your interpersonal skills. So, explicitly describe the reasons.

Comment on your shortcomings with intelligence, perspective and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming xyz for failures will be completely counter-productive. Explain the issue clearly and maintain greater focus on the correction for the issue. Keep it brief.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Kellogg Essay 1

What's the greatest obstacle you have overcome (personally or professionally)? How has overcoming this obstacle prepared you to achieve success now and in the future? (500 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

Shortlist the main challenges or obstacles you have faced and overcome in life. While the obstacles can be personal, social, professional, economic or even political, your success needs a personal focus in terms of learning and growth. The most powerful message of the essay has to be how overcoming the obstacle has dramatically developed your ability to succeed in life/work. The essay prompt might well be - What is your greatest quality?

Having chosen the 'obstacle', clarify quickly the extent of the issue: leave no doubts as to why this qualifies as the 'greatest obstacle' you have surmounted. Then move on to how you tackled the issue. Be careful to ensure that the essay focuses, not on your frustration or disappointment, but on the attitude, approach and actions that made you overcome the obstacle. How you make your judgments about events/circumstances, the methods you adopt to understand varied aspects of a situation and how you use your skills and how you adapt, learn and change could be part of this section of the essay.

The strength of your learning and development through this experience and how you used this learning to make your life and yourself better is critical to the success of this essay. Give short examples of how the new version of you has succeeded in later situations through the new learning. Also, indicate how it might help you in the future: if possible link it briefly with your goals in Essay 3.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 2

What have been your most significant leadership experiences? What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have? This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely (personally and/or professionally). (500 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

The Kellogg motto of Think Bravely and their tag line "We believe business can be bravely led, passionately collaborative and world changing" are your clues to connecting this essay to Kellogg. The Kellogg Think Bravely video will help you better understand Kellogg's perspective on leadership.

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all business schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. This essay calls for a revelation of your leadership attitude/qualities through your "most significant leadership experiences".

Assemble your most critical leadership experiences till date and choose 2-4 of them that best exemplify your leadership style. While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck way back in time. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences. The leadership examples should portray your attitude and approach to leadership, hopefully in the collaborative leadership style that Kellogg deems best.

Detail the challenges that you faced during the experience; your problem solving skills, persuasiveness and ability to overcome setbacks could be key areas to be spotlighted. While impressive, quantifiable results are what will underline your achievements, your personal philosophy and practice of leadership will remain the primary focus.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 3 Part 1

What career/role are you looking to pursue and why?  (250 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 3 Part 1 Tips

 This is a simple goals essay - and might prove to the the essay that requires the most complex thought.

As a first step reflect deeply on your post-Kellogg goals in terms of roles, industry and geography. A greater focus on your short term goals is preferred.

Be realistic and as specific as you need to be while detailing your post-Kellogg career goal. How well you comprehend the industry/role you are preparing for should be reflected in your answer. Though not asked specifically, try to very briefly connect your goals with your life and career so far.

Whatever your choice, your goal should reflect your passion and commitment to it. While the goals have to be logical and credible, if you can add passion as well to this mix, you have the recipe for a beautiful and effective essay.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 3 Part 2

Why are Kellogg and the MBA essential to achieving these career goals?  (250 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 3 Part 2 Tips

The second part of the Kellogg Goals Essay seeks answers to why and how specifically Kellogg is the best next logical step towards your career goals.

The unasked question is: How serious are you about seeking admission SPECIFICALLY to Kellogg?

Try to establish a perfect fit between your goals and Kellogg. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Kellogg in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts etc you expect to gain from Kellogg that will aid you in pursuing your goals.

Avoid clichéd responses, avoid cutting and pasting info from the Kellogg website, and personalize your answer as much as possible. Before writing this essay take steps to learn as much as possible about Kellogg - the school, student activities, class profile, faculty, courses. Use online and offline modes - websites, current Kellogg students, alumni, fairs/receptions etc. The objective is to implicitly and explicitly demonstrate that your application is a reflection of your serious and SPECIFIC interest in Kellogg.

Go for it!

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Required essay for re-applicants only: Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application (though I doubt it). Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here.

Go for it!

Kellogg Optional Essay

If needed, use this section to briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, etc.) (No word limit)

Kellogg Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you don’t write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all.

Attempt the Kellogg optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application and if you have specific extenuating circumstances that need to be explained.

Use the Kellogg 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 possible reasons why you attempt this optional essay. Comment on your shortcomings with intelligence, perspective and credibility: giving vague excuses or blaming xyz for failures will be completely counter-productive. Explain the issue clearly and maintain greater focus on the correction for the issue. For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college, spend most of the space demonstrating what you learned from the experience and how you have been a better person/ student/ citizen ever since.

Keep it brief.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Kellogg Essay 1

Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing an MBA. (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

The Kellogg admissions committee is extremely interested in EACH part of this flagship application essay question: your past, your future and Kellogg.

Your objective here is to assess and evaluate your career progress while also addressing the relevance of a Kellogg MBA to your future career goals. Describe your career progression, and the reasons that connect Kellogg with your past, present and future. As usual in an MBA "goals essay", if you can establish a logical and credible link between your past, present and future, this Kellogg essay almost writes itself.

Delve into the Pre-Kellogg, Kellogg and Post-Kellogg phases of your career (and life) to explore and reveal your personality to the Kellogg admissions committee in a manner that incites an interview invitation. If you can add a dash of passion as well, you have the recipe for a great essay. Blending key non-career aspects that are relevant to your story will only add to the strength of your application. "Why Kellogg?" (and not any other business school) needs to be explicitly addressed here with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Kellogg website. Personalize your answer as much as possible.

Be realistic and be as specific as you need to be while detailing your Post-Kellogg career goals (both about the industry and the functional role). Find as many matches between what the Kellogg MBA specifically offers you and your future goals. Having said that please remember that perfect links of professional and personal "fit" are acceptable but not at the expense of credibility.

Perhaps if you can convincingly accomplish all of the above you may have got it made.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 2

Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences. (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. This essay replaces and rephrases the leadership focused question from 2008 & 2009 applications: "How have your past and current leadership experiences prepared you for Kellogg? What leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience?"

This is a straightforward essay that calls for a revelation of your leadership qualities. Assemble your most significant leadership experiences till date and portray your leadership capacity in the best light. While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck way back in time. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences. If the essay also uncovers your attitude and approach to leadership, the Kellogg adcom will not complain.

You can tackle the second Kellogg link in this essay - what leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience - by matching the areas of special focus that Kellogg delivers in aiding leadership development with your own leadership traits/focus-areas that you find improvable.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 3

Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would you and your peers select you for admission, and what impact would you make as a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 3 Tips

In spirit very similar to last year's question "Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would your peers select you to become a member of the Kellogg community?", your potential impact at Kellogg is explicitly asked for this year.

Each MBA applicant is unique. But every admissions committee hungrily awaits candidates who can actually display that uniqueness in their essays. All MBA essay packages are basically about selling YOU: this Kellogg essay is an explicit expression of that. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)? What sets you apart? Why should Kellogg bother talking to you when there are hundreds of other applicants with a comparable GMAT score or work experience or whatever? What value do you add to the Kellogg class?

A repeat question from previous years 2007-2008/2008-2009 might help: "Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students."

To get info for this Kellogg application essay you should not mind knocking at many doors. Now you have a legitimate defense when you bug your friends, peers, spouse for insights to write all those overlong MBA essays! Your friends, colleagues and family are excellent sources for giving you obvious answers which you might have overlooked; but the best source is always going to be the one you see in the mirror. Ask this person about you at work, play and studies to uncover traits, situations, values, distinctions, hobbies, passions and skills that set you apart. In addition to integrating this Kellogg essay with the ones that follow, all you have to do (!) is to portray a convincing picture of a person who can add definite value to Kellogg and the Kellogg student community.

Read up on Kellogg - the school, student activities, class profile, faculty, courses etc. before you write this essay. Showing a fit with the school and how your attitude, skills and experience can add value to Kellogg, will be impossible without sound knowledge of Kellogg - and yourself!

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 4

Complete one of the following three questions or statements. Re-applicants have the option to answer a question from this grouping, but this is not required. (400 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 4a

Describe a time you had to inspire a reluctant individual or group.

Kellogg Essay 4a Tips

Moral courage. Decision making skills. Vision. Communication abilities. Strength of character. Ability to inspire. Persuasiveness. Reasoning power. These are just some of the qualities that you can base this essay on. 2009-2010's prompt "Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision." and the 2010-2011 prompt "Describe an instance where you encountered resistance in a professional team setting. How did you address the situation?" might help your clarify the substance of the essay.

For selecting the particular situation/story for the essay, look back to identify professional circumstances in which you found yourself facing resistance from a system or people - for an unpopular or innovative outlook, decision or stance (which you hopefully had good reasons to take). The objective is to describe how you went about inspiring change in the group and to write in a manner that underlines you as Kellogg-class leadership material. Though this need not be a fairy tale, a long-term positive conclusion to the story would be best.

As is often the case, the spotlight should be focused more on how you tackled the situation, actions you took, attitude you had and approaches that you initiated, rather than an exposition of what the situation was.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 4b

People may be surprised to learn that I….

Kellogg Essay 4b Tips

Show differences.

Show uniqueness.

Write about a quality, trait or achievement that has not been covered in the other essays. Hobbies, interests or social activities that highlight qualities like leadership, initiative, creativity, innovation, teamwork, courage etc. that make you a strong Kellogg applicant could be chosen. Though we do not have space for rambling stories one or two succinct anecdotes would help the cause.

Beware of overlaps with the other Kellogg essays especially essay 3.

Kellogg Essay 4c

The riskiest personal or professional decision I ever made was.....

Kellogg Essay 4c Tips

While this essay is in the spirit of the 2010-2011 prompt "The best mistake I ever made was...", we can veer away from failure and focus on a risky success!

Identify situations where you took risky decisions and explain why you took them. The value of this essay lies in how well you can explain your reasoning behind your decision and how well you evaluated the risks, the situations and the various options. You can use this essay to give a broader snapshot of your general attitude towards risk, your risk appetite and/or your ability to de-risk.

Of course, the story could end in failure, in which case please focus on your learning from the failure, and your future successes based on that learning. However a success story does seem a safer (less risky!) bet.

The stories can be either personal or professional.

Go for it!

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Required essay for re-applicants only: Since your previous application, what are the steps you’ve taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application (though I doubt it). Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Kellogg Essay 1

Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing an MBA. (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

The Kellogg admissions committee is extremely interested in EACH part of this flagship application essay question: your past, your future and Kellogg.

Your objective here is to assess and evaluate your career progress while also addressing the relevance of a Kellogg MBA to your future career goals. Describe your career progression, and the reasons that connect Kellogg with your past, present and future. As usual in an MBA "goals essay", if you can establish a logical and credible link between your past, present and future, this Kellogg essay almost writes itself.

Delve into the Pre-Kellogg, Kellogg and Post-Kellogg phases of your career (and life) to explore and reveal your personality to the Kellogg admissions committee in a manner that incites an interview invitation. If you can add a dash of passion as well, you have the recipe for a great essay. Blending key non-career aspects that are relevant to your story will only add to the strength of your application. "Why Kellogg?" (and not any other business school) needs to be explicitly addressed here with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Kellogg website. Personalize your answer as much as possible.

Be realistic and be as specific as you need to be while detailing your Post-Kellogg career goals (both about the industry and the functional role). Find as many matches between what the Kellogg MBA specifically offers you and your future goals. Having said that please remember that perfect links of professional and personal "fit" are acceptable but not at the expense of credibility.

Perhaps if you can convincingly accomplish all of the above you may have got it made.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 2

Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences. (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. This essay replaces and rephrases the leadership focused question from 2008 & 2009 applications: "How have your past and current leadership experiences prepared you for Kellogg? What leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience?"

This is a straightforward essay that calls for an revelation of your leadership qualities. Assemble your most significant leadership experiences till date and portray your leadership capacity in the best light. While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck way back in time. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences. If the essay also uncovers your attitude and approach to leadership, the Kellogg adcom will not complain.

You can tackle the second Kellogg link in this essay - what leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience - by matching the areas of special focus that Kellogg delivers in aiding leadership development with your own leadership traits/focus-areas that you find improvable.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 3

Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would you and your peers select you for admission, and what impact would you make as a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 3 Tips

In spirit very similar to last year's question "Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would your peers select you to become a member of the Kellogg community?", your potential impact at Kellogg is explicitly asked for this year.

Each MBA applicant is unique. But every admissions committee hungrily awaits candidates who can actually display that uniqueness in their essays. All MBA essay packages are basically about selling YOU: this Kellogg essay is an explicit expression of that. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)? What sets you apart?  Why should Kellogg bother talking to you when there are hundreds of other applicants with a comparable GMAT score or work experience or whatever? What value do you add to the Kellogg class?

A repeat question from previous years 2007-2008/2008-2009 might help: "Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students."

To get info for this Kellogg application essay you should not mind knocking at many doors. Now you have a legitimate defense when you bug your friends, peers, spouse for insights to write all those overlong MBA essays! Your friends, colleagues and family are excellent sources for giving you obvious answers which you might have overlooked; but the best source is always going to be the one you see in the mirror. Ask this person about you at work, play and studies to uncover traits, situations, values, distinctions, hobbies, passions and skills that set you apart. In addition to integrating this Kellogg essay with the ones that follow, all you have to do (!) is to portray a convincing picture of a person who can add definite value to Kellogg and the Kellogg student community.

Read up on Kellogg - the school, student activities, class profile, faculty, courses etc. before you write this essay. Showing a fit with the school and how your attitude, skills and experience can add value to Kellogg, will be impossible without sound knowledge of Kellogg - and yourself!

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 4 Complete one of the following three questions or statements. Re-applicants have the option to answer a question from this grouping, but this is not required. (400 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 4a

Describe an instance where you encountered resistance in a professional team setting. How did you address the situation?

Kellogg Essay 4a Tips

Moral courage. Decision making skills. Vision. Communication abilities. Strength of character. Ability to persuade. Reasoning power. These are just some of the qualities that you can base this essay on. Last year's prompt "Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision." might help your clarify the substance of the essay.

For selecting the particular situation/story for the essay, look back to identify professional circumstances in which you found yourself facing resistance from a system or people - for an unpopular or innovative outlook, decision or stance (which you hopefully had good reasons to take). The objective is to describe why and how you went about it and to write in a manner that underlines you as Kellogg-class leadership material. Though this cannot be a fairy tale, please understand that a long-term positive conclusion to the story would be almost inevitable.

As is often the case, the spotlight should be focused more on how you tackled the situation, actions you took, attitude you had and approaches that you initiated, rather than an exposition of what the situation was.

Go for it!

Kellogg Essay 4b

People may be surprised to learn that I….

Kellogg Essay 4b Tips

Show differences.

Show uniqueness.

Write about a quality, trait or achievement that has not been covered in the other essays. Hobbies, interests or social activities that highlight qualities like leadership, initiative, creativity, innovation, teamwork, courage etc. that make you a strong Kellogg applicant could be chosen. Though we do not have space for rambling stories one or two succinct anecdotes would help the cause.

Beware of overlaps with the other Kellogg essays especially essay 3.

Kellogg Essay 4c

The best mistake I ever made was…….

Kellogg Essay 4c Tips

Whenever a b-school application requests a "failure essay" it is to understand how you faced a failure and what you learned. That objective cannot be clearer than in this essay where you write about a mistake that proved to of most benefit to you.

If you never fell, you would never walk - write about the fall that improved you walk the most! Once again I stress that the learning and subsequent actions following the mistake are critical to this essay. Identify a personal or professional failure which taught you things about yourself, your work and life that changed you the most. Once you decipher how the failure created a difference in your thought process, leadership style, behavior or value system, you can rush to the printers with the story!

Go for it!

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Required essay for re-applicants only: Since your previous application, what are the steps you’ve taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application (though I doubt it). Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Kellogg Essay 1

Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Kellogg School. (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

The Kellogg admissions committee is extremely interested in EACH part of this flagship application essay question: your past, your future and Kellogg.

Your objective here is to assess and evaluate your career progress while also addressing the relevance of a Kellogg MBA to your future career goals. Describe your career progression, and the reasons that connect Kellogg with your past, present and future. As usual in an MBA "goals essay", if you can establish a logical and credible link between your past, present and future, this Kellogg essay almost writes itself.

Delve into the Pre-Kellogg, Kellogg and Post-Kellogg phases of your career (and life) to explore and reveal your personality to the Kellogg admissions committee in a manner that incites an interview invitation. If you can add a dash of passion as well, you have the recipe for a great essay. Blending key non-career aspects that are relevant to your story will only add to the strength of your application. "Why Kellogg?" (and not any other business school) needs to be explicitly addressed here with application, research and intelligence. Look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Kellogg website. Personalize your answer as much as possible.

Be realistic and be as specific as you need to be while detailing your Post-Kellogg career goals (both about the industry and the functional role). Find as many matches between what the Kellogg MBA specifically offers you and your future goals. Having said that please remember that perfect links of professional and personal "fit" are acceptable but not at the expense of credibility.

Perhaps if you can convincingly accomplish all of the above you may have got it made.

Kellogg Essay 2

Describe your key leadership experiences and evaluate what leadership areas you hope to develop through your MBA experiences. (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. This essay replaces and rephrases the leadership focused question from 2008 & 2009 applications: "How have your past and current leadership experiences prepared you for Kellogg? What leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience?"

This is a straightforward essay that calls for an revelation of your leadership qualities. Assemble your most significant leadership experiences till date and portray your leadership capacity in the best light. While you can go back in time in case you want to show leadership progression, do not be stuck way back in time. Try to focus a substantial portion of the essay on recent experiences. If the essay also uncovers your attitude and approach to leadership, the Kellogg adcom will not complain.

You can tackle the second Kellogg link in this essay - what leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience - by matching the areas of special focus that Kellogg delivers in aiding leadership development with your own leadership traits/focus-areas that you find improvable.

Kellogg Essay 3

Assume you are evaluating your application from the perspective of a student member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Why would your peers select you to become a member of the Kellogg community? (600 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 3 Tips

Each MBA applicant is unique. But every admissions committee hungrily awaits candidates who can actually display that uniqueness in their essays. All MBA essay packages are basically about selling YOU: this Kellogg essay is an explicit expression of that. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)? What sets you apart?  Why should Kellogg bother talking to you when there are hundreds of other applicants with a comparable GMAT score or work experience or whatever? What value do you add to the Kellogg class?

A repeat question from previous years 2008/2009 might help: "Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students."

To get info for this Kellogg application essay you should not mind knocking at many doors. Now you have a legitimate defense when you bug your friends, peers, spouse for insights to write all those overlong MBA essays! Your friends, colleagues and family are excellent sources for giving you obvious answers which you might have overlooked; but the best source is always going to be the one you see in the mirror. Ask this person about you at work, play and studies to uncover traits, situations, values, distinctions, hobbies, passions and skills that set you apart. In addition to integrating this Kellogg essay with the ones that follow, all you have to do (!) is to portray a convincing picture of a person who can add definite value to Kellogg and the Kellogg student community.

Umm... please read up on Kellogg - the school, student activities, class profile etc. before you write this essay.

Kellogg Essay 4 Complete one of the following three questions or statements. Re-applicants have the option to answer a question from this grouping, but this is not required. (400 word limit)

Kellogg Essay 4a

Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision.

Kellogg Essay 4a Tips

Moral courage. Decision making skills. Vision. Communication abilities. Strength of character. Reasoning power.

These are just some of the qualities that you can base this essay on.

For selecting the particular situation/story for the essay, look back to identify professional or personal circumstances in which you found yourself making an unpopular decision which you had good reasons to make. The objective is to describe why and how you went about it and to write in a manner that underlines you as Kellogg-class leadership material. Though this cannot be a fairy tale, please understand that a long-term positive conclusion to the story would help.

Kellogg Essay 4b

b. People may be surprised to learn that I….

Kellogg Essay 4b Tips

Show differences.

Show uniqueness.

Write about a quality, trait or achievement that has not been covered in the other essays. Hobbies, interests or social activities that highlight qualities like leadership, initiative, creativity, innovation, teamwork, courage etc. that make you a strong Kellogg applicant could be chosen. Though we do not have space for rambling stories one or two succinct anecdotes would help the cause.

Beware of overlaps with the other Kellogg essays especially essays 2 and 3.

Kellogg Essay 4c

c. I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

Kellogg Essay 4c Tips

Mouth watering stuff! Write on ANYTHING you want to tell the Kellogg admissions committee. Preferably use this essay to traverse an area in your personality or life that has not been covered in the other essays.

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay

Required essay for re-applicants only: Since your previous application, what are the steps you’ve taken to strengthen your candidacy?

Kellogg Reapplicant Essay Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have any objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application (though I doubt it). Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Kellogg Essay 1

A. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Kellogg School. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

Kellogg wants you to assess and evaluate your career progress in the context of your MBA application. This essay should also address the relevance of a Kellogg MBA for your future career goals. As usual in an MBA goals essay, if you can establish a logical and credible link between your past, present and future, this Kellogg essay almost writes itself. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a great essay. While "why Kellogg" is an important question that needs to be addressed in this essay, blending key non-career aspects that are relevant to your story will only add to the strength of your application.

Kellogg Essay 2

Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Each MBA applicant is unique. But every admissions committee hungrily awaits candidates who can actually display that uniqueness in their essays. All MBA essay packages are basically about selling YOU: this Kellogg essay is an explicit expression of that. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition), what makes you different, why should Kellogg bother talking to you when there are hundreds of other applicants with a comparable GMAT score or work experience or whatever?

To get info for this Kellogg application essay you should not mind knocking at many doors. Your friends, colleagues and family are excellent sources for giving you obvious answers which you might have overlooked. But the best source is always going to be the one you see in the mirror. Ask this person about you at work, play and studies to uncover traits, situations, values, distinctions, hobbies, passions and skills that set you apart. In addition to integrating this Kellogg essay with the ones that follow, all you have to do (!) is to portray a convincing picture of a person who can add definite value to Kellogg and the Kellogg student community.

Kellogg Essay 3

How have your past and current leadership experiences prepared you for Kellogg? What leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience? (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Essay 3 Tips

A double-edged new essay question from Kellogg.

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. So we will just assume that the good people at Northwestern University want an even stronger focus on your leadership profile this time.

You can tackle the second Kellogg link in this essay - what leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience - by matching the areas of special focus that Kellogg delivers in aiding leadership development with your own leadership traits/focus-areas that you find improvable.

Kellogg Essay 4 Complete two of the following six questions or statements. (Two to three double- spaced paragraphs each)

Kellogg Essay 4 A

Outside of work I…

Kellogg Essay 4 A Tips

Show differences.

Show uniqueness.

Talk about all your hobbies and interests.

Show non-work activities that highlight the qualities that make you a strong Kellogg applicant. These can include, but need not be limited to, leadership, initiative, creativity, innovation, teamwork, courage...

Kellogg Essay 4 B

I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

Kellogg Essay 4 B Tips

Mouth watering stuff! Write on ANYTHING you want to tell the Kellogg admissions committee. Use this essay to traverse an area in your personality or life that has not been covered in the other essays.

Kellogg Essay 4 C

Describe the most challenging professional relationship you have faced and how you handled it.

Kellogg Essay 4 C Tips

Read your first draft and ask yourself - does this relationship portray my best interpersonal qualities? If you can show yourself as a mature, intelligent person who can calmly handle tough professional and personal situations, you will win 80% for this essay. Not 100% - that depends on how well you do that.

Kellogg Essay 4 D

Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy? Question 4F must be answered by all re-applicants as one of the required two questions.

Kellogg Essay 4 F Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application. Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2007-2008

Kellogg Essay 1

A. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Kellogg School. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Essay 1 Tips

Kellogg wants you to assess and evaluate your career progress in the context of your MBA application. This essay should also address the relevance of a Kellogg MBA for your future career goals. As usual in an MBA goals essay, if you can establish a logical and credible link between your past, present and future, this Kellogg essay almost writes itself. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a great essay. While "why Kellogg" is an important question that needs to be addressed in this essay, blending key non-career aspects that are relevant to your story will only add to the strength of your application.

Kellogg Essay 2

Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Essay 2 Tips

Each MBA applicant is unique. But every admissions committee hungrily awaits candidates who can actually display that uniqueness in their essays. All MBA essay packages are basically about selling YOU: this Kellogg essay is an explicit expression of that. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition), what makes you different, why should Kellogg bother talking to you when there are hundreds of other applicants with a comparable GMAT score or work experience or whatever?

To get info for this Kellogg application essay you should not mind knocking at many doors. Your friends, colleagues and family are excellent sources for giving you obvious answers which you might have overlooked. But the best source is always going to be the one you see in the mirror. Ask this person about you at work, play and studies to uncover traits, situations, values, distinctions, hobbies, passions and skills that set you apart. In addition to integrating this Kellogg essay with the ones that follow, all you have to do (!) is to portray a convincing picture of a person who can add definite value to Kellogg and the Kellogg student community.

Kellogg Essay 3

How have your past and current leadership experiences prepared you for Kellogg? What leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience? (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Essay 3 Tips

A double-edged new essay question from Kellogg.

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. So we will just assume that the good people at Northwestern University want an even stronger focus on your leadership profile this time.

You can tackle the second Kellogg link in this essay - what leadership areas are you hoping to develop through your MBA experience - by matching the areas of special focus that Kellogg delivers in aiding leadership development with your own leadership traits/focus-areas that you find improvable.

Kellogg Essay 4 Complete two of the following six questions or statements. (Two to three double- spaced paragraphs each)

Kellogg Essay 4 A

Outside of work I…

Kellogg Essay 4 A Tips

Show differences.

Show uniqueness.

Talk about all your hobbies and interests.

Show non-work activities that highlight the qualities that make you a strong Kellogg applicant. These can include, but need not be limited to, leadership, initiative, creativity, innovation, teamwork, courage...

Kellogg Essay 4 B

I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

Kellogg Essay 4 B Tips

Mouth watering stuff! Write on ANYTHING you want to tell the Kellogg admissions committee. Use this essay to traverse an area in your personality or life that has not been covered in the other essays.

Kellogg Essay 4 C

Describe the most challenging professional relationship you have faced and how you handled it.

Kellogg Essay 4 C Tips

Read your first draft and ask yourself - does this relationship portray my best interpersonal qualities? If you can show yourself as a mature, intelligent person who can calmly handle tough professional and personal situations, you will win 80% for this essay. Not 100% - that depends on how well you do that.

Kellogg Essay 4 D

Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy? Question 4F must be answered by all re-applicants as one of the required two questions.

Kellogg Essay 4 F Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have objective or subjective feedback from Kellogg about your last application. Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application should also find a place here.

Go for it!

Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application Essays and Tips 2006-2007

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 1

A. Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Kellogg School. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 1 Tips

Kellogg wants you to assess and evaluate your career progress in the context of your MBA application. This essay should also address the relevance of a Kellogg MBA for your future career goals. As usual in an MBA goals essay, if you can establish a logical and credible link between your past, present and future, this Kellogg essay almost writes itself. If you can add passion as well, you have the recipe for a great essay. While "why Kellogg" is an important question that needs to be addressed in this essay, blending key non-career aspects that are relevant to your story will only add to the strength of your application.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 2

Each of our applicants is unique. Describe how your background, values, academics, activities and/or leadership skills will enhance the experience of other Kellogg students. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 2 Tips

Each MBA applicant is unique. But every admissions committee hungrily awaits candidates who can actually display that uniqueness in their essays. All MBA essay packages are basically about selling YOU: this Kellogg essay is an explicit expression of that. What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition), what makes you different, why should Kellogg bother talking to you when there are hundreds of other applicants with a comparable GMAT score or work experience or whatever?

To get info for this Kellogg application essay you should not mind knocking at many doors. Your friends, colleagues and family are excellent sources for giving you obvious answers which you might have overlooked. But the best source is always going to be the one you see in the mirror. Ask this person about you at work, play and studies to uncover traits, situations, values, distinctions, hobbies, passions and skills that set you apart. In addition to integrating this Kellogg essay with the ones that follow, all you have to do (!) is to portray a convincing picture of a person who can add definite value to Kellogg and the Kellogg student community.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 3

You have been selected as a member of the Kellogg Admissions Committee. Please provide a brief evaluative assessment of your file. (One to two pages double-spaced)

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 3 Tips

A favorite with Kellogg and with us.

It is interesting to see what a person does when given power. It is as interesting to see what that person does in a new situation. The structure of the question and it's almost unique nature, make this Kellogg essay worth spending some time on. You will have to use your logical persuasion, communication skills and even acting abilities (donning the role of a Kellogg Admissions Committee member) to get this essay right.

This essays provides excellent opportunities for

a. developing a closely argued case for your admission to Kellogg,

b. addressing critical weakness areas that are obvious in your application,

c. bringing in new perspectives about your recos (or resume) that might not have been possible in the other essays

and, d. demonstrating your powers of objective analysis and honest communication.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 Complete three of the following six questions or statements. (Two to three double- spaced paragraphs each)

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 A

What have been your most significant leadership experiences to date?

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 A Tips

Leadership is the most focused-on single trait that almost all Business Schools look for: Kellogg is no exception. Write about an experience where your leadership made a significant difference. Select an experience based on the extent of your contribution to the team's success and what the story tells about your leadership skills. Choose an experience that not only has been a definite success in the context of team objectives but also helps underline your leadership skills. Choosing an example where you also learnt significantly would make it almost perfect.

The story for this Kellogg essay can go back in time, but should preferably be recent. Yes, you do not have to limit yourself to a single experience. But taking them at their word and listing out all your major leadership experiences (say 4-5) does not seem to be the best course of action.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 B

Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced and how it was resolved.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 B Tips

Read your draft and ask yourself - was that really a situation in which you can feel an ethical dilemma. If you felt that was an ethical dilemma should you be applying to Kellogg or be safely ensconced in a federal penitentiary? Repeat this exercise 2-3 times.

The dilemma you choose should explain your own attitude towards ethics and show the strength of your value system. If you can link the situation with your personal/professional development and possibly show Kellogg how your ethical standards will help you in your chosen career - great!

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 C

Outside of work I…

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 C Tips

Show differences. Show uniqueness.

Show non-work activities that highlight the qualities that make you a strong Kellogg applicant. These can include, but need not be limited to, leadership, initiative, creativity, innovation, teamwork, courage...

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 D

Describe a professional situation where you were able to successfully persuade others to see things your way.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 D Tips

Leadership in a situation where you were not a designated leader. That might be the best approach here. Communication skills, persuasive powers, logical thinking and innovation can all form part of this Kellogg application essay; but leadership, we feel, is the crux.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 E

I wish the Admissions Committee had asked me…

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 E Tips

Mouth watering stuff! Write on ANYTHING you want to tell the Kellogg admissions committee. Use this essay to traverse an area in your personality or life that has not been covered in the other essays.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 F

Since your previous application, what are the steps you have taken to strengthen your candidacy? Question 4F must be answered by all re-applicants as one of the required three questions.

Kellogg Northwestern Essay 4 F Tips

They can't be clearer than that. It would make a great difference if you have objective or subjective (Kellogg's) feedback about your last application. Seek out specific areas of critical weaknesses in your last Kellogg application and illustrate how they have been neutralized. Specific achievements - academic, professional or personal - that have occurred after your last Kellogg application can find a place here.

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