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Ross Michigan Essay Tips

Ross Michigan 2016-2017 essay see little changes in the pack this year. The goal essay remains exactly same but the first essay is now made more specific about your personal life.

Ross Michigan Essay 1. What are you most proud of outside of your professional life? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)

Ross very clearly wants to get to know the person behind those awesome numbers the see in your GMAT, GPA and Resume. They want to know what drives you, what motivates you as a person.

Last year they asked "What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today?" This year they have specified they want to know about your life outside of work. If you are selecting one event- then make sure to pick something that has had far reaching impact on you. Your story could be about getting involved with community service, leading an initiative you, mentoring someone in your family, deciding to live your life a certain way, taking a less-popular stance on a controversial topic.. and many more such options. More than what you talk about, it is critical that you show WHY it was so important for you and how it has influenced you in a significant way.

Your goal here is to highlight the strengths that will make you a good candidate for Ross MBA.

Ross Michigan Essay 2.  What is your desired career path and why? (400 words)

A standard career goal essay that expects to know what you want to do in your career after MBA. The fairly open ended question gives you flexibility to build your narrative but be sure to include your short-term and long-term career plans and an explanation of why Ross MBA is critical for you to reach your goals. If you can include a vision about your career, that will make for a powerful and memorable essay.

Ross Michigan Optional Essay: Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (300 words) 

Do you need to even write this essay? That is the first question you should ask yourself.

Attempt this essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application. Do not submit a optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable – in that case simply redouble your efforts in those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

You could use this space 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 totally 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.

OR, you could use this this essay to highlight exceptional aspects of your candidature that could not be accommodated in the previous two essays. Since this essay does not have to be limited to a single theme or event, disparate yet impressive info points can be quoted.

If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on it!

Go for it!

Essays and tips archives from past years

   

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

   

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016

Ross Michigan Essay 1. What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (400 words)

Ross very clearly wants to get to know the person behind those awesome numbers the see in your GMAT, GPA and Resume. They want to know what drives you, what motivates you as a person.

You can talk about one significant achievement outside of work, OR take a thematic approach. If you are selecting one event- then make sure to pick something that has had far reaching impact on you.

On the other hand, a personal story could be about getting involved with community service, leading an initiative you, mentoring someone in your family, deciding to live your life a certain way, taking a less-popular stance on a controversial topic.. and many more such options. More than what you talk about, it is critical that you show WHY it was so important for you and how it has influenced you in a significant way.

Your goal here is to highlight the strengths that will make you a good candidate for Ross MBA.

Ross Michigan Essay 2.  What is your desired career path and why? (400 words)

A standard career goal essay that expects to know what you want to do in your career after MBA. The fairly open ended question gives you flexibility to build your narrative but be sure to include your short-term and long-term career plans and an explanation of why Ross MBA is critical for you to reach your goals. If you can include a vision about your career, that will make for a powerful and memorable essay.

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Ross Michigan Essay 1

What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that experience? (400 words maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 1 Tips

There are three parts to this question and you must answer all the parts concisely in just 400 words.

If you have not done already, take sometime, look back at your professional life and think about 2-3 key strengths you have displayed over the years. These are the qualities that you would want to show to Ross adcom.

You can decide if you want to talk about one anecdote, that defining moment which clearly describes who you are and show its impact on you. OR you want to talk about a theme running through your career. A general guideline is to pick incidents, examples that are recent: something that happened within past 2-4 years. Adcom wants to know the most recent you.

Ideally your story will show elements of your strength as a leader, highlight your interpersonal skills and demonstrate the impact you had on your team, client or company. If you can quantify it- great! If you can show positive responses from others and maybe also have your recommenders talk about this achievement- even better!

While writing about your accomplishment(s) might be easy, it is the learning that will truly reveal your character and maturity- so make sure to give due importance and word count to this part.

Ross Michigan Essay 2

What are you most proud of personally and why? How does it shape who you are today?(400 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 2 Tips

Ross very clearly wants to get to know the person behind those awesome numbers the see in your GMAT, GPA and Resume. They want to know what drives you, what motivates you as a person.

Again you can talk about one significant achievement outside of work, OR take a thematic approach. If you are selecting one event- then make sure to pick something that has had far reaching impact on you. The personal story could be about a community service involvement, an initiative you led, mentoring someone in your family, deciding to live your life a certain way, taking a less-popular stance on a controversial topic.. and many more such options. More than what you talk about, it is critical that you show WHY it was so important for you and how it has influenced you in a significant way. 

Same as in essay1, your goal is to highlight the strengths that will make you a good candidate for Ross MBA. 

Ross Michigan Optional Essay

Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (300 words)

Ross Michigan Optional Essay Tips

Do you need to even write this essay? That is the first question you should ask yourself.

Attempt this essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application. Do not submit a optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable – in that case simply redouble your efforts in those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

You could use this space 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 totally 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.

OR, you could use this this essay to highlight exceptional aspects of your candidature that could not be accommodated in the previous two essays. Since this essay does not have to be limited to a single theme or event, disparate yet impressive info points can be quoted.

If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on it!

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Reapplicant Essay

Detailed cover letter that tells us what you have been doing since you last applied and how your application is stronger. You can use the cover letter to update us on your goals, highlight your accomplishments, and discuss your reasons for seeking an MBA from Ross. This can be uploaded along with your updated resume. (Optional: you may submit one or more of our current essay questions.)

Ross Michigan Reapplicant Essay Tips

The key to the Ross Michigan reapplicant essay (cover letter) is simple: demonstrate that you are a far better candidate than you were when you last applied and convince the Ross admissions committee that this new Version 2.0 of you is better, brighter, worthier.

Jot down EVERY improvement you have made in EVERY aspect of your life. This will help you build an initial image of the Version 2.0 applicant.

Identify your key experiences and achievements since your last application and directly/obliquely convey how this makes you better candidate who is better placed to achieve your short/long term goals. Been promoted? Got awards? Won new assignments? Mention 'em all.

Make a stronger case for your goals by specifying why/how you have greater skills, experience, perspective etc. to make your dreams come true - long term and short term. Preferably stick with the goal/s given last year; in case your goals are different, feel free to go with them but you better have good reasons for the change.

Explain - more convincingly than last time - why the Ross MBA is the best option for helping you attain your goals. Demonstrating why Ross - SPECIFICALLY Ross - is your choice is an essential part of the reapplicant essay. Detail aspects of Ross's learning, faculty, program, location, alumni, students etc. that will aid the achievement of your goals. If you did a GREAT job of this part of the essay last year, add to it with mentions of how your enhanced knowledge/experience make the program EVEN MORE fitting for you.

Ross, additionally, offers you the option of writing any or all of the application essays. Choose and write the ones you feel add greatest value.

Apply Early: a serious reapplicant has few reasons not to.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Ross Michigan Essay 1

Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. (100 words maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 1 Tips

Though this is a miniscule essay with a seemingly straightforward question, this might be the most challenging Ross application response you might have to give this year.

The question you seek to answer could include: Who are you? What are you? What qualities, beliefs, values define you? What personality traits set you apart?

These are deep, meaningful questions whose answers might not always be easy. Talking to your friends, spouse or close relatives might help. However, the key to this essay is held by someone else - you. Ask yourself how you would encapsulate your self in 30 seconds or .. 100 words. Ask yourself some tough questions and put down what you feel might be the best answers of the lot.

The addition of "to your future Ross classmates" to last year's question might be used to adjust the tone of the essay.

The brevity of the response is another challenge in this opening Ross essay. Try to convert that into an opportunity - since brevity often concentrates focus on the particular.

Though the question of how you can contribute and/or add value to the Michigan Ross MBA class is the underlying theme, it would be better not to tackle it head-on in this mini-essay. Speak of yourself, and that should speak for you.

Ross Michigan Essay 2a

What about your professional experiences has led you to determine that business school is the right next step? (150 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 2a Tips

Answer all three parts of Essay 2 holistically and start by thinking about and maybe even writing the third part of the essay 'What career do you plan to pursue after business school and why?' before attempting the first two parts.

The first two parts of this year's Ross Goals essay focuses on Ross - so, once again you might need to work the two essays in tandem to avoid overlaps.

Instead of the usual future-goals concentration in the Why MBA Essay, this first part of the Ross Goals Essay obliges you to look backwards.

Identify aspects of your career such as leadership, knowledge, team work, relationships, learning, specific skills sets or absolutely anything else that you feel are the common denominators between your career success thus far and your proposed MBA aspirations. You could also identify aspects that have restricted your growth. Implicit connections with Ross which can be made explicit in the next two essay parts are quite welcome. For example, delving briefly on team work or multi-functional exposure could help you strongly focus on the Ross MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Program) a keynote feature of the Ross program.

Research the Michigan Ross MBA program thoroughly and analyze what type of student club or campus community event will aid you the most. Learn about student clubs, events, campus community activities and student life at Ross, and then choose the appropriate activity that aligns with your ambition and taste.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 2b

As you have researched MBA programs, what actions have you taken to learn more about Ross and what has led you to believe that Ross is the right MBA program for you? (150 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 2b Tips

As I mentioned earlier, approach of all three parts of Essay 2 holistically and start by thinking about the third part of the essay first.

Your objective here is simple - describe specifically why the Ross Michigan MBA program is ideal for you. The underlying question is: How serious are you about seeking admission SPECIFICALLY to Ross?

"Why Ross" has to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Take the effort to understand the Ross program and ethos - through the Ross website, campus visit, alumni, students, online forums etc. Use this information to personalize your essay as much as possible, and then link your career goals with Michigan Ross as closely as you can. Go beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Ross website and endeavor to make unique connections between you (skills, interests, goals, knowledge etc.) and Ross Michigan (pedagogy, centers of excellence, faculty, location, alumni etc.).

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 2c

What career do you plan to pursue after business school and why? (150 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 2c Tips

This is a simple goals essay - but might prove to the essay that requires the most complex thought since this answer will have to be reflected across your entire application process.

As a first step reflect deeply on your post-Ross 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-Ross career goal. How well you comprehend the industry/role you are preparing for should be reflected in your answer.

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!

Ross Michigan Essay 3

Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn about yourself from that experience? (400 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 3 Tips

Select a specific situation across your career wherein you faced disappointment, disenchantment or frustration. Be very careful to ensure that this essay focuses, not on your distress, frustrations or disappointments within the selected story, but on your attitude, approach and actions that made you overcome the painful episode.

Having given the context, ensure that you move on to positive actions and results; always minimize the negativity in your essays. Your reasoning process, decision making skills, maturity, ability to overcome hurdles, people skills, proficiency in handling setbacks, strength of purpose and moral rectitude could be just a few of the possible critical factors that can be highlighted in this essay. How you make your judgments about events/circumstances, the methods you adopt to understand varied aspects of a situation and how you use innovation, a balanced mind and/or strength of spirit to make positive change could be further areas of focus.

What you learned from this episode - at a personal level - and how you have grown through this experience would form the concluding section of this essay. Since the only change from last year's prompt are the words "about yourself" ensure that the learning is personal and hopefully unique.

The only change to this essay is that this year the response is shorter by 100 words.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Optional Essay

Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy? (300 words)

Ross Michigan Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you donít write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all.

Attempt the Ross optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application. Do not submit a optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in that case simply redouble your efforts in those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Ross Michigan 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 totally 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.

Feel free to use this this essay to highlight exceptional aspects of your candidature that could not be accommodated in the other Ross essays. Since this essay does not have to be limited to a single theme or event, disparate yet impressive info points can be quoted.

If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on it!

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Reapplicant Essay

Detailed cover letter that tells us what you have been doing since you last applied and how your application is stronger. You can use the cover letter to update us on your goals, highlight your accomplishments, and discuss your reasons for seeking an MBA from Ross. This can be uploaded along with your updated resume. Optional: you may submit one or more of our current essay questions.

Ross Michigan Reapplicant Essay

The key to the Ross Michigan reapplicant essay (cover letter) is simple: demonstrate that you are a far better candidate than you were when you last applied and convince the Ross admissions committee that this new Version 2.0 of you is better, brighter, worthier.

Jot down EVERY improvement you have made in EVERY aspect of your life. This will help you build an initial image of the Version 2.0 applicant.

Identify your key experiences and achievements since your last application and directly/obliquely convey how this makes you better candidate who is better placed to achieve your short/long term goals. Been promoted? Got awards? Won new assignments? Mention 'em all.

Make a stronger case for your goals by specifying why/how you have greater skills, experience, perspective etc. to make your dreams come true - long term and short term. Preferably stick with the goal/s given last year; in case your goals are different, feel free to go with them but you better have good reasons for the change.

Explain - more convincingly than last time - why the Ross MBA is the best option for helping you attain your goals. Demonstrating why Ross - SPECIFICALLY Ross - is your choice is an essential part of the reapplicant essay. Detail aspects of Ross's learning, faculty, program, location, alumni, students etc. that will aid the achievement of your goals. If you did a GREAT job of this part of the essay last year, add to it with mentions of how your enhanced knowledge/experience make the program EVEN MORE fitting for you.

Ross, additionally, offers you the option of writing any or all of the application essays. Choose and write the ones you feel add greatest value.

Apply Early: a serious reapplicant has few reasons not to.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Ross Michigan Essay 1

Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. (100 words maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 1 Tips

Though this is a miniscule essay with a seemingly straightforward question, this might be the most challenging Ross application response you might have to give this year.

The question you seek to answer could include: Who are you? What are you? What qualities, beliefs, values define you? What personality traits set you apart?

These are deep, meaningful questions whose answers might not always be easy. Talking to your friends, spouse or close relatives might help. However, the key to this essay is held by someone else - you. Ask yourself how you would encapsulate your self in 30 seconds or .. 100 words. Ask yourself some tough questions and put down what you feel might be the best answers of the lot.

The addition of "to your future Ross classmates" to last year's question might be used to adjust the tone of the essay.

The brevity of the response is another challenge in this opening Ross essay. Try to convert that into an opportunity - since brevity often concentrates focus on the particular.

Though the question of how you can contribute and/or add value to the Michigan Ross MBA class is the underlying theme, it would be better not to tackle it head-on in this mini-essay. Speak of yourself, and that should speak for you.

Ross Michigan Essay 2

Describe your career goals. How will the Ross MBA help you to achieve your goals? What is your vision for how you can make a unique contribution to the Ross community? (500 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 2 Tips

This is a straightforward career goals and "why Ross" essay retained from last year with a new "What is your vision for how you can make a unique contribution to the Ross community?" added on.

Your objective is simple - describe, specifically and at length, your career goals, why the Ross MBA is the logical next step for your future success and how the Ross community will benefit from inducting you.

Be realistic, visionary and focused while detailing your career goals - long term and short term. Exhibit passion for the industry and the functional role of your choice. While your past is not asked for, briefly presenting your career progression and using short, relevant examples from your career to demonstrate that you have the vision, skill-set and commitment to achieve your goals might be useful.

"Why Ross" has to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Take the effort to understand the Ross program and ethos - through the Ross website, campus visit, alumni, students, online forums etc. Use this information to personalize your essay as much as possible, and then link your career goals with Michigan Ross as closely as you can. Go beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Ross website and endeavor to make unique connections between you (skills, interests, goals, knowledge etc.) and Ross Michigan (pedagogy, centers of excellence, faculty, location, alumni etc.). For example, bringing specific focus to Multidisciplinary Action Program (MAP), a keynote feature of the Ross program, and then linking it directly with your goals might be a good idea.

The words "vision" and "unique" put some pressure on making your "contribution to the Ross community" visionary, broad and/or innovative. Trying to visualize how your interests, ideas and strengths would make an impact at Ross. What type of student club or campus community event do you envisage yourself initiating and/or leading at Ross? Thoroughly research student clubs, events, campus community activities and student life at Ross, and then choose the appropriate activity that dovetails with your tastes and aptitude. Instead of simply detailing activities you might be part of try to use the essay to demonstrate your leadership/team/learning skills and potential. Feel free to propose a post-Ross contribution - if the idea is ambitious and visionary.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 3

Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience? (500 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 3 Tips

Select a specific situation across your career wherein you faced disappointment, disenchantment or frustration. Be very careful to ensure that this essay focuses, not on your distress, frustrations or disappointments within the selected story, but on your attitude, approach and actions that made you overcome the painful episode.

Having given the context, ensure that you move on to positive actions and results; always minimize the negativity in your essays. Your reasoning process, decision making skills, maturity, ability to overcome hurdles, people skills, proficiency in handling setbacks, strength of purpose and moral rectitude could be just a few of the possible critical factors that can be highlighted in this essay. How you make your judgments about events/circumstances, the methods you adopt to understand varied aspects of a situation and how you use innovation, a balanced mind and/or strength of spirit to make positive change could be further areas of focus.

What you learned from this episode - at professional and personal levels - and how you have grown through this experience could form an apt conclusion to this essay.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 4: Select one of the following questions. (300 word maximum each)

Ross Michigan Essay 4a

What are you most passionate about? (300 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 4a Tips

Your approach to the first and second essays might dictate to a large extent how this essay turns out. In the first essay, the ultra-brief introduction, what you say about yourself should at least indicate what you might be most passionate about. In the second essay, the goals essay, you are writing about what you wanna do with the rest of your life; that would call for exceptional passion for that function/industry/job.

So there are two broad approaches possible with this essay.

First: Let your passion dovetail with the "goals essay" such that this essay automatically explains why you would choose that particular goal in the "goals essay". Mention why the arena in which you would be spending the rest of your career/life excites you. What is it about the work that you want to do post-MBA that tugs at your heart? If you choose this approach, reduce the "motivation for goals" portions of the goals essay and shift the more prosaic industry/statistics driven reasons for your future career choices to that essay; also, with this approach, "Why Ross" can be allotted more space.

Second: Choose an outside-of-work passion/hobby that you pursue with zest. Write about your passion for that activity. How you started, how you contribute to it and perhaps too how you are impacted and bettered by it. If it ties in, at least tangentially, with your goals, I won't complain!

Either way the worst thing you can do in this essay is to write impersonally. This is the Ross essay that gives most space to focus totally on the key focus of your application - YOU. So let the essay reveal the kind of person you are, what your heart ticks for and the personal qualities and attitude that make you a great person/candidate. If your essay does not reflect that, write again!

Simple?

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 4b

Describe a personal challenge or obstacle and why you view it as such. How have you dealt with it? What have you learned from it? (300 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 4b Tips

Similar to, and different from, the 2009-2010 prompt "Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it." this essay might highlight an ongoing challenge or impediment that has been resolved to at least some extent, but has perhaps not been entirely overcome.

Identify attitudes, (dis)abilities, family/political/social/economic situations, viewpoints or habits which challenged you. Clarify what and how exactly you perceive/d the challenge and why you find/found it challenging.

Then move on to how you tackled the issue. Your application, intelligence and determination in how you face/d the challenge might be the X factor for this essay. Initial failure to succeed is quite acceptable as long as the struggle is shown to be committed and intelligent.

The learning from the challenge/obstacle and how you used your learning from the situation to make your life and yourself better is another key aspect to be covered here. Whether you choose a professional or a personal example, the learning and the development should have a personal touch.

This is a personal essay - an intimate soul-searching story about how you overcame obstacles or recovered from failure would be better appreciated than how you became a better salesman.

Concluding the essay with substantial, if not complete, success would end it on a good note.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Ross Michigan Essay 1

Introduce yourself in 100 words or less. (100 words maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 1 Tips

Though this is miniscule essay with a seemingly straightforward question, this might be the most challenging Ross application response you might have to give this year.

The question you seek to answer could include: Who are you? What are you? What qualities, beliefs, values define you? What personality traits set you apart?

These are deep, meaningful questions whose answers might not always be easy. Talking to your friends, spouse or close relatives might help. However, the key to this essay is held by someone else - you. Ask yourself how you would encapsulate your self in 30 seconds or .. 100 words. Ask yourself some tough questions and put down what you feel might be the best answers of the lot.

The brevity of the response is another challenge in this opening Ross essay. Try to convert that into an opportunity - since brevity often concentrates focus on the particular.

Though the question of how you can contribute and/or add value to the Michigan Ross MBA class is the underlying theme, it would be better not to tackle it head-on in this mini-essay. Speak of yourself, and that should speak for you.

Ross Michigan Essay 2

Describe your career goals. How will the Ross MBA help you to achieve your goals? (500 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 2 Tips

This is a straightforward career goals and "why Ross" essay.

Your objective is simple - describe, specifically and at length, your career goals, and why the Ross MBA is the logical next step for your future success.

Be realistic, visionary and focused while detailing your career goals - long term and short term. Exhibit passion for the industry and the functional role of your choice. While your past is not asked for, briefly presenting your career progression and using short, relevant examples from your career to demonstrate that you have the vision, skill-set and commitment to achieve your goals might be useful.

"Why Ross" has to be dealt with application, research and intelligence. Take the effort to understand the Ross program and ethos - through the Ross website, campus visit, alumni, students, online forums etc. Use this information to personalize your essay as much as possible, and then link your career goals with Michigan Ross as closely as you can. Go beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Ross website and endeavor to make unique connections between you (skills, interests, goals, knowledge etc.) and Ross Michigan (pedagogy, centers of excellence, faculty, location, alumni etc.). For example, bringing specific focus to Multidisciplinary Action Program (MAP), a keynote feature of the Ross program , and then linking it directly with your goals might be a good idea.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 3

Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience? (500 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 3 Tips

Select a specific situation across your career wherein you faced disappointment, disenchantment or frustration. Be very careful to ensure that this essay focuses, not on your distress, frustrations or disappointments within the selected story, but on your attitude, approach and actions that made you overcome the painful episode.

Having given the context, ensure that you move on to positive actions and results; always minimize the negativity in your essays. Your reasoning process, decision making skills, maturity, ability to overcome hurdles, people skills, proficiency in handling setbacks, strength of purpose and moral rectitude could be just a few of the possible critical factors that can be highlighted in this essay. How you make your judgments about events/circumstances, the methods you adopt to understand varied aspects of a situation and how you use innovation, a balanced mind and/or strength of spirit to make positive change could be further areas of focus.

What you learned from this episode - at professional and personal levels - and how you have grown through this experience could form an apt conclusion to this essay.

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Essay 4 Select one of the following questions. (300 word maximum each)

Ross Michigan Essay 4a

What are you most passionate about and why? (300 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 4a Tips

Your approach to the first and second essays might dictate to a large extent how this essay turns out. In the first essay, the ultra-brief introduction, what you say about yourself should at least indicate what you might be most passionate about. In the second essay, the goals essay, you are writing about what you wanna do with the rest of your life; that would call for exceptional passion for that function/industry/job.

So there are two broad approaches possible with this essay.

First: Let your passion dovetail with the "goals essay" such that this essay automatically explains why you would choose that particular goal in the "goals essay". Mention why the arena in which you would be spending the rest of your career/life excites you. What is it about the work that you want to do post-MBA that tugs at your heart? If you choose this approach, reduce the "motivation for goals" portions of the goals essay and shift the more prosaic industry/statistics driven reasons for your future career choices to that essay; also, with this approach, "Why Ross" can be allotted more space.

Second: Choose an outside-of-work passion/hobby that you pursue with zest. Write about your passion for that activity. How you started, how you contribute to it and perhaps too how you are impacted and bettered by it. If it ties in, at least tangentially, with your goals, I won't complain!

Either way the worst thing you can do in this essay is to write impersonally. This is the Ross essay that gives most space to focus totally on the key focus of your application - YOU. So let the essay reveal the kind of person you are, what your heart ticks for and the personal qualities and attitude that make you a great person/candidate. If you essay does not reflect that, write again!

Simple?

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Ross Michigan Essay 4b

We expect that Ross MBAs will not only be effective leaders, but also effective teachers. How will you contribute to the learning experience of your peers at Ross? (300 word maximum)

Ross Michigan Essay 4b Tips

EACH person has knowledge that can be passed on, and the skills to pass it on - to teach. Additionally, EVERY individual possesses skills and qualities that enables him/her to enhance a learning environment. This essay is about how YOU use these qualities and how good a teacher you are and why.

However "contribute to the learning experience" can go far more than actually teaching someone. Apart from obvious skills like communication and understanding, other skills and qualities that help you facilitate a good learning environment might include leadership, empathy, relationship building, and teamwork. Brief examples, of how these qualities and skills have helped you teach, coach or train a group/person, will definitely strengthen your essay.

Further buttress this essay by using your knowledge of Ross to identify specific areas and activities where you will be most effective and persuasively explaining why you think so. Never forget that learning often (if not mostly!) happens outside the classroom; so look at clubs and activities where your contribution will enhance the learning experience of your Ross peers. If you have been lazy and haven't read about Ross' MAP program despite my sweet urgings earlier in this page, do it now! While you are at it some dope on Action Based Learning would help as well. While your essay does not necessarily need MAP as a focus, some reference to MAP will be appreciated.

Go get 'em!

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Long Answers: (500 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 1. Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why is an MBA the best choice at this point in your career? What and/or who influenced your decision to apply to Ross?

Ross Michigan Essay 2. Describe your most significant professional accomplishment. Elaborate on the leadership skills you displayed, the actions you took and the impact you had on your organization.

Short Answers: (300 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 3. If you were not pursuing the career goals you described in Question 1, what profession would you pursue instead? (for example, teacher, musician, athlete, architect, etc.) How will this alternate interest contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems?

Ross Michigan Essay 3 Tips

This is a curve ball!

If you feel like saying "You know .. I actually want to be designing buildings and giving shape to habitats, not shelling out management mumbo-jumbo to well-heeled clients. I wrote that in Essay 1 just because my dumbo essay consultant told me to", RESIST the temptation.

This is NOT the place where you unload all your doubts and worries about your future career choices. (Choose your counselor or mother for that.) Deviating widely from your career path and taking the first part of the question at face value might land you in troubled waters! Please ensure that Essay 1 has career goals that display your passion and commitment to your chosen field of work; if you do not really (I mean REALLY) enjoy what you hope to do post-mba what the hell are you going to all this trouble for??

A much more sober approach in Essay 3 is to choose an area of outside work interest (and activity) which preferably puts you in intensive leadership or teamwork situations.

And then detail how - since you have already demonstrated you skills in leadership or/and teamwork in that arena and have surely solved the problems that cropped up - that experience will "contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems" or solving issues that require inputs from people of varied professional backgrounds or uncovering creative solutions in one industry/function using knowledge from another ...

And you know why "teacher, musician, athlete, architect" sounds so good - though there will be very few applicants who would put that as their post-Ross goal; because ALL OF US teach, sing, run, build [DIY anyone?]. Your different interests and the varied roles you play when you trek, play team sports, lead volunteer community efforts, coach a school football team or organize an MBA essay writing camp (!?) can be used to show how you tackle and solve complex problems without a blinkered approach.

Read up on Ross' MAP or Multidisciplinary Action Project initiative to understand why this question has been asked.

Go get 'em!

Ross Michigan Essay 4.

Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it.

Ross Michigan Essay 4 Tips

If you never fell, you would never walk.

Find a period or situation in your life (personal or professional) which you found difficult to face. If during that period your success was in doubt (or you actually failed) and you learnt things about yourself and became a new improved version of your old self - you have made the right start. Once you decipher how the situation created a difference in your thought process, leadership style, behavior or value system, you can rush to Ross with your story!

Once again I stress that the learning from the situation is the key aspect to be covered in MBA "failure" essays. Write how you reacted to the challenge, and how you used your learning from the situation to make your life and yourself better.

Whether you choose a professional or a personal example, the learning and the development should have a personal touch. Ross has the courage to ask how "you grew PERSONALLY" - so don't give a wishy-washy professional advancement story. e.g. A soul-searching essay about how you built back your self-confidence after a traumatic period would be better appreciated than how you became a better salesman [though that too might have been a result].

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Optional Question: Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy?

Ross Michigan MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

You must answer the following four questions.

Long Answers: (500 word)

Ross Michigan Essay 1. Briefly describe your short-term and long-term career goals. Why is an MBA the best choice at this point in your career? What and/or who influenced your decision to apply to Ross?

Ross Michigan Essay 2. Describe your most significant professional accomplishment. Elaborate on the leadership skills you displayed, the actions you took and the impact you had on your organization.

Short Answers: (300 words)

Ross Michigan Essay 3. If you were not pursuing the career goals you described in Question 1, what profession would you pursue instead? (for example, teacher, musician, athlete, architect, etc.) How will this alternate interest contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems?

Ross Michigan Essay 3 Tips

This is a curve ball!

If you feel like saying "You know .. I actually want to be designing buildings and giving shape to habitats, not shelling out management mumbo-jumbo to well-heeled clients. I wrote that in Essay 1 just because my dumbo essay consultant told me to", RESIST the temptation.

This is NOT the place where you unload all your doubts and worries about your future career choices. (Choose your counselor or mother for that.) Deviating widely from your career path and taking the first part of the question at face value might land you in troubled waters! Please ensure that Essay 1 has career goals that display your passion and commitment to your chosen field of work; if you do not really (I mean REALLY) enjoy what you hope to do post-mba what the hell are you going to all this trouble for??

A much more sober approach in Essay 3 is to choose an area of outside work interest (and activity) which preferably puts you in intensive leadership or teamwork situations.

And then detail how - since you have already demonstrated you skills in leadership or/and teamwork in that arena and have surely solved the problems that cropped up - that experience will "contribute to your effectiveness in solving multi-disciplinary problems" or solving issues that require inputs from people of varied professional backgrounds or uncovering creative solutions in one industry/function using knowledge from another ...

And you know why "teacher, musician, athlete, architect" sounds so good - though there will be very few applicants who would put that as their post-Ross goal; because ALL OF US teach, sing, run, build [DIY anyone?]. Your different interests and the varied roles you play when you trek, play team sports, lead volunteer community efforts, coach a school football team or organize an MBA essay writing camp (!?) can be used to show how you tackle and solve complex problems without a blinkered approach.

Read up on Ross' MAP or Multidisciplinary Action Project initiative to understand why this question has been asked.

Go get 'em!

Ross Michigan Essay 4.

Describe your experience during a challenging time in your life. Explain how you grew personally, either despite this challenge or because of it.

Ross Michigan Essay 4 Tips

If you never fell, you would never walk.

Find a period or situation in your life (personal or professional) which you found difficult to face. If during that period your success was in doubt (or you actually failed) and you learnt things about yourself and became a new improved version of your old self - you have made the right start. Once you decipher how the situation created a difference in your thought process, leadership style, behavior or value system, you can rush to Ross with your story!

Once again I stress that the learning from the situation is the key aspect to be covered in MBA "failure" essays. Write how you reacted to the challenge, and how you used your learning from the situation to make your life and yourself better.

Whether you choose a professional or a personal example, the learning and the development should have a personal touch. Ross has the courage to ask how "you grew PERSONALLY" - so don't give a wishy-washy professional advancement story. e.g. A soul-searching essay about how you built back your self-confidence after a traumatic period would be better appreciated than how you became a better salesman [though that too might have been a result].

Go for it!

Ross Michigan Optional Question: Is there anything else you think the Admissions Committee should know about you to evaluate your candidacy?

           
           
 

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