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Stern NYU Essay Tips

Stern NYU MBA 2017-2018 Three new essays this year! Although Stern NYU has kept a strong focus on career goals, the change in phrasing and expectations might make you a bit lost. The multi-part opening essay is done with and replace with a simpler, straight-forward (and somewhat boring) essay prompt. The second essay is more like Stern's marketing in disguise! The third essay also sees a change from the intimidating one to a more personal and easier option. This is not going to be an easy application, and for that reason, there is a huge scope for you to shine and standout!

NYU Stern Essay 1

Professional Aspirations:
Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (750 word maximum)

: What are your short and long-term career goals?
: How will the MBA help you achieve them?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

A straightforward "career goals" essay from Stern NYU.

Your past experiences have given you knowledge and understanding and many skills but there is still a 'need-gap' that you want to fulfill before you can reach your goals. Ideally these goals would be beyond the immediate post-MBA goals, they would be part of your career vision. Show that an MBA program from Stern is your means to get to your career vision.
Think about what industry and function you would like to pursue- ideally that should tie in with your longer term career vision so be careful not to write this part of answer in isolation. Make sure your goals are credible, feasible and realistic. E.g. if you are an international student do not write about pursuing entrepreneurial goals in the US without considering immigration related challenges.

Stern NYU Essay 2. Personal Expression:
NYU Stern offers a portfolio of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of our applicants. Your program preferences are very important as you will be admitted to only one program. You cannot switch your program option after receiving your admissions decision.
A. Primary Program Preference (250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
Please indicate the primary MBA program for which you would like to be considered, as indicated in the Primary Program Selection section of the application.
Explain why the program you have selected is the best program for you.
B. Alternative Program Preference(s)
(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
Please indicate any alternative program(s) for which you would also like to be considered, as indicated in the Alternative Program Selection section of the application and why you would also like to be considered for this/these program(s).
An alternate program does not need to be selected. If you have no alternate programs you do not need to complete this essay, just indicate "N/A"

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NYU Stern Essay 2 Tips

First of its kind, this essay forces you to get to know about all the various MBA programs offered by NYU Stern and give reasons for your preference. The essay prompt itself is quite explanatory in terms of what you are required to answer. Choose wisely and explain well!

Stern NYU Essay 3. Personal Expression:

Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements: A brief introduction or overview of your "Pick Six" (no more than 3 sentences). Six images that help illustrate who you are. A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.
NYU Stern Essay 
3 Tips
In the growing digital and multimedia usage for both professional and personal expression, NYU Stern takes a step to incorporate the same as a medium to get to know you and evaluate your 'fit' with the school. It is a wonderful opportunity to express yourself creatively and show diverse aspects of your personality, interests and achievements. However, this could be a difficult and challenging essay if you are not very good with keeping pictorial records of your best moments/ memories. In that case, we'd suggest - go make new ones!
Have fun!

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript/s, plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4; If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application; If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

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NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Stern NYU optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Stern NYU 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 (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay

You are at no disadvantage if you apply as a re-applicant. We encourage you to take every opportunity during the re-application process to demonstrate how you have become a more competitive applicant since your last application. You may use the optional essay, Essay 4, to proactively address how your application has improved.

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay Tips

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Essays and tips archives from past years

   

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays and Tips 2007-2008

   

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2015-2016, 2016-2017

NYU Stern Essay 1

Professional Aspirations:

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (750 word maximum)

(a) Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?

(b) What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?

(c) What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

A straightforward "why MBA"/Stern and "career goals" essay from Stern NYU.

(a) Answer to why MBA and why now should ideally derive from where you are coming and where you want to go. You past experiences have given you knowledge and understanding and many skills but there is still a 'need-gap' that you want to fulfill before you can reach your goals. Ideally these goals would be beyond the immediate post-MBA goals, they would be part of your career vision. Show that Stern MBA is your means to get to your career vision..

(b) Stern competes with many top-notch schools on the East Coast and wants to know how much effort you have put into learning about their program. Do you love Stern for what they are or are you applying to it as a 'safer' option?  If you do, show them you have reached out to students and alums, visited campus, met the adcom and Stern teams multiple times and then decided that Stern is THE school for you. Give them specifics of whom you connected with, what you spoke about and how did that influence your decision to apply.

(c) NYU Stern seeks focused candidates who can clearly articulate their career goals. Think about what industry and function you would like to pursue- ideally that should tie in with your longer term career vision so be careful not to write this part of answer in isolation. Make sure your goals are credible, feasible and realistic. E.g. if you are an international student do not write about pursuing entrepreneurial goals in the US without considering immigration related challenges.

NYU Stern Essay 2 Choose Option A or B.

NYU Stern Essay 2 A

Your Two Paths: The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today's ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact. (500 word maximum)

(a) Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?

(b) How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

(c) What factors will most determine which path you will take?

NYU Stern Essay 2 A Tips

Plans change. Economic, social and/or industry conditions vary between the time you apply and graduate. Also, YOU change. Thus plans change - often they have to change. This essay will test your ability to maturely and realistically perceive and adjust to changes, often transformative changes, in a dynamic economic/business scenario. Through this essay NYU hopes to attract students "who consider multiple approaches and are comfortable with non-linear thinking" and to help create "disruptive leaders who can think across traditional intellectual boundaries".

A challenging essay that forces you to think and open your mind to different ways you could apply your skills and knowledge in the areas of your interest. You obviously can not pick two highly diverse roles say a Marketing Manager or a CFO, but given the limitations of your skills think, about two somewhat related paths. Which one you will choose in what scenario could depend on the internal and/or external factors applicable in your situation.  

Stern's mission statement is fairly broad and almost any career path one could justify it as 'transforming challenges into opportunities for business and society'. How will yours do requires you to think deeply and show with insight and maturity.

NYU Stern Essay 2 B

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. If you submit a non-written piece for this essay (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit this essay via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application. If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font. If you submit a video or audio file, it should be five minutes maximum.

NYU Stern Essay 2 B Tips

First and foremost override the "creative" part of the question and figure out the various points that you would like the Stern NYU admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in Essays 1 and the rest of the application. When you are sure about 'what' you want to convey 'how' will become easier.

Think about the qualities that make you unique, make you standout from others with a similar background? Like every other essay, this is also your marketing tool and you are being evaluated for intelligence, attitude, personality and comfort level with taking charge of an ambiguous situation. 

While thinking about the 'how' part includes not just the method of communication but also the medium. Unleash your imagination. Hand drawings, photographs, videos, one-act plays, collages, songs, poems, multimedia presentations - and hundreds of other options on an almost endless variety of mediums.

Have fun! Go for it!

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript/s, plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4; If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application; If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Stern NYU optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Stern NYU 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 (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay

You are at no disadvantage if you apply as a re-applicant. We encourage you to take every opportunity during the re-application process to demonstrate how you have become a more competitive applicant since your last application. You may use the optional essay, Essay 4, to proactively address how your application has improved.

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay Tips

Writing the NYU Stern reapplicant essay is a two-step process.

First, discover and annihilate all weaknesses/errors in your earlier application.

Second, demonstrate that you are a far better candidate than you were the last time around.

Step 1 is difficult to comment on. Paraphrasing Tolstoy "Successful mba essays/applications are all alike, every dinged essay package is screwed up in it's own way". Not fully accurate but you could have gone wrong in a million ways and without a look at the essays I wouldn't have a clue. Still, some common errors are: weak goals, inconsistencies within/across the essays/recommendations, a strong goal unsubstantiated by anything anywhere else in the application, essays that are good individually but do not make a strong case as they lack an underlying theme, very few or generic "Why Stern" points, little or no non-work activities across the essays.

It is also possible that your essays are pretty good but you got the timing/profile/scores/recos wrong. Try to take stock.

Step 2 is to convince the NYU admissions committee that YOU Version 2 is better, brighter, worthier, sexier.

> Goals: The greatest (and most improvable) area in a dinged application is usually the goals essay. Ensure that you 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 you wanna change them you better have good reasons 'cos you will definitely have to put it down in the essay.

> NYU STERN: How will NYU Stern - SPECIFICALLY NYU STERN - help you reach your goals? What are the aspects of learning, faculty, program, location, alumni, students etc. that you will find only at Stern 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.

> Think: 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 applicant.

> Work: Through your experiences and achievements since you last applied to NYU illustrate how you can contribute better to Stern, gain more from it and are in a better position to achieve your short/long term goals. Been promoted? Got awards? Won new assignments? Mention 'em all.

and FINALLY

> APPLY EARLY: If you are a reapplicant apply in Round 1. What could you be possibly waiting for??!

Go for it!

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

NYU Stern Essay 1: Professional Aspirations: Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (750 word maximum)

(a) Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?

(b) What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?

(c) What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?.

NYU Stern Essay 2 Choose Option A or B.

NYU Stern Essay 2 A: Your Two Paths: The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today's ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact. (500 word maximum)

(a) Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?

(b) How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

(c) What factors will most determine which path you will take?

NYU Stern Essay 2 B: Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. If you submit a non-written piece for this essay (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit this essay via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application. If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font. If you submit a video or audio file, it should be five minutes maximum.

NYU Stern Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript/s, plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4; If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application; If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay: You are at no disadvantage if you apply as a re-applicant. We encourage you to take every opportunity during the re-application process to demonstrate how you have become a more competitive applicant since your last application. You may use the optional essay, Essay 4, to proactively address how your application has improved.

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

NYU Stern Essay 1

Professional Aspirations: Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (750 word maximum)

(a) Why pursue an MBA (or dual degree) at this point in your life?

(b) What actions have you taken to determine that Stern is the best fit for your MBA experience?

(c) What do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

This is a straightforward "why MBA"/Stern and "career goals" essay from Stern NYU: complicated by the following essay that overlaps, intertwines and intersects it at varied points. The essay remains essentially the same as last year except for the "Why Stern" emphasis and much clearer short term goals focus. A look at last year's essay 1 prompt would show the similarities and differences: "Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following: (a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position? (b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life? (c) What is your career goal upon graduation from the NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?"

The best approach to start work on this essay might be to look for a connecting link between answer a. and answer c. of the essay and then try to bring New York University and Stern into the picture for answer b.

"Why MBA" and "Why Now?" make up the first component of the question. The NYU Stern "why MBA now" question is tougher than usual because the second essay has aspects of Why Stern: increasing the need to avoid repetition while being linked. Give clear, cogent reasons as to why an MBA makes sense and "Why Now". The "Why Now" part might seem tricky - try asking yourself why you would not pursue it later (or earlier) and the answer might be clearer.

In the next section for question (b) you have to plausibly connect NYU Stern specifically (and if possible, uniquely) with you and your future goals. Last year's essay 2 components are good guides to answering this question: "What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us. (b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective. (c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve." Personalize your answer as much as possible and avoid cutting/pasting info gleaned from the NYU website and make a compelling argument that establishes that Stern is the best choice for you. Use application, research and intelligence to look beyond the obvious answers that 90% of the applicants will probably we writing. If possible, especially if you are based in USA, visit Stern. What kind of online and offline research have you done so far about Stern? Have you talked to current NYU Stern students or alumni? Have you visited Stern or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them? How can you show that your Stern application is a reflection of your specific interest in NYU Stern and not just another application made for bettering the odds.

Treat the post-Stern career goal question with moderation and realism. Focus on your short term professional plans and be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. A clear goal in terms of job profile and industry would be to your advantage - enabling you to construct a multi-point argument that leaves no loose ends. Some background on how you have selected this job/function/company/industry and why it is important to you will help. This however is not a dream job essay. Remember that there is a reason why these three questions are grouped together. Find and express a logical link between your MBA decision, your Stern application and your post-MBA goal.

Go for it!

NYU Stern Essay 2 Choose Option A or B.

NYU Stern Essay 2 A

Your Two Paths: The mission of the Stern School of Business is to develop people and ideas that transform the challenges of the 21st century into opportunities to create value for business and society. Given today's ever-changing global landscape, Stern seeks and develops leaders who thrive in ambiguity, embrace a broad perspective and think creatively about the range of ways they can have impact. (500 word maximum)

(a) Describe two different and distinct paths you could see your career taking long term. How do you see your two paths unfolding?

(b) How do your paths tie to the mission of NYU Stern?

(c) What factors will most determine which path you will take?

NYU Stern Essay 2 A Tips

This new NYU essay tries to clue you in on something that b-school admissions committees and graduates have known for long. Plans change. Economic, social and/or industry conditions vary between the time you apply and graduate. Also, YOU change. Thus plans change - often they have to change. This essay will test your ability to maturely and realistically perceive and adjust to changes, often transformative changes, in a dynamic economic/business scenario. Through this essay NYU hopes to attract students "who consider multiple approaches and are comfortable with non-linear thinking" and to help create "disruptive leaders who can think across traditional intellectual boundaries".

Granted that this essay is challenging and potentially knotty, but like in all challenging essays this is a great opportunity to get ahead of your competition while they are still cursing the ad-com :)

The structure of this essay too similar to the last one and the best approach again would be to identify the connecting links between answer a. and answer c. of the essay and then try to bring New York University and Stern into the picture for answer b.

For part (a) come up with two plausible long term goals (as if one was not bad enough!) after thoroughly analyzing your skill set and passion and matching it with your estimation of how the business/work/economic scenario will change over the next 10-20 years. Show your logical progression in the two distinct work profiles over the long term. Apart from showing a credible career progression please take into account your view of macro-changes within the larger business over the years.

In part (c) identify the reasons (of the heart and the mind) that determine your long term goal. Perhaps having a clear favorite will make it easier: your decision.

The mission statement given here is key to answering part (b) of the essay. The NYU admissions committee believes that disruptive, non-linear thinking is "the mindset the business leaders of tomorrow need to succeed". Show how your thought process, choice of goals and the varied steps chosen to reaching those goals make you the kind of candidate they feel will succeed in the brave new world.

Go for it!.

NYU Stern Essay 2 B

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. If you submit a non-written piece for this essay (i.e., artwork or multimedia) or if you submit this essay via mail, please upload a brief description of your submission with your online application. If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font. If you submit a video or audio file, it should be five minutes maximum.

NYU Stern Essay 2 B Tips

First and foremost override the "creative" part of the question and figure out the various points that you would like the Stern NYU admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in Essays 1 and the rest of the application. Try to look at the situation from an admissions committee perspective and then a Stern NYU classroom viewpoint. Realize that the subject is once again YOU.

While the question asks for a class perspective, you do NOT have to restrict yourself to that mode if you have a clearly better approach. Discover the theme and the general topics that you would like to highlight before you tackle the question of choosing the medium of expression.

The NOW think of the creative aspect which includes not just the method of communication but also the medium. Unleash your imagination. Perishables or used personal items are banned: so forget about presenting your unique variety of Fragrant Fried Rice or an ice sculpture or your favorite t-shirt. So what's left? Hand drawings, photographs, videos, one-act plays, collages, multimedia presentations - and hundreds of other options on an almost endless variety of mediums.

Have fun! Go for it!

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript/s, plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4; If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application; If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Stern NYU optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Stern NYU 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 (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay

You are at no disadvantage if you apply as a re-applicant. We encourage you to take every opportunity during the re-application process to demonstrate how you have become a more competitive applicant since your last application. You may use the optional essay, Essay 4, to proactively address how your application has improved.

NYU Stern Reapplicant Essay

Writing the NYU Stern reapplicant essay is a two-step process.

First, discover and annihilate all weaknesses/errors in your earlier application.

Second, demonstrate that you are a far better candidate than you were the last time around.

Step 1 is difficult to comment on. Paraphrasing Tolstoy "Successful mba essays/applications are all alike, every dinged essay package is screwed up in it's own way". Not fully accurate but you could have gone wrong in a million ways and without a look at the essays I wouldn't have a clue. Still, some common errors are: weak goals, inconsistencies within/across the essays/recommendations, a strong goal unsubstantiated by anything anywhere else in the application, essays that are good individually but do not make a strong case as they lack an underlying theme, very few or generic "Why Stern" points, little or no non-work activities across the essays.

It is also possible that your essays are pretty good but you got the timing/profile/scores/recos wrong. Try to take stock.

Step 2 is to convince the NYU admissions committee that YOU Version 2 is better, brighter, worthier, sexier.

> Goals: The greatest (and most improvable) area in a dinged application is usually the goals essay. Ensure that you 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 you wanna change them you better have good reasons 'cos you will definitely have to put it down in the essay.

> NYU STERN: How will NYU Stern - SPECIFICALLY NYU STERN - help you reach your goals? What are the aspects of learning, faculty, program, location, alumni, students etc. that you will find only at Stern 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.

> Think: 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 applicant.

> Work: Through your experiences and achievements since you last applied to NYU illustrate how you can contribute better to Stern, gain more from it and are in a better position to achieve your short/long term goals. Been promoted? Got awards? Won new assignments? Mention 'em all.

and FINALLY

> APPLY EARLY: If you are a reapplicant apply in Round 1. What could you be possibly waiting for??!

Go for it!

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

NYU Stern Essay 1

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font):

(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?

(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from the NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

This is a straight career progression and career goals essay from Stern NYU. But it is also more than that. The clearly delineated questions allow space for Pre-Stern, Stern and Post-Stern phases of your career. But if you can tie them in with the basic theme of your NYU Stern essay you can also blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story. The "choices" part of the essay is why I have such a high regard for the NYU Stern essays. Now you have to push yourself, look beyond a straight career narration and explore and reveal parts of your personality as well. Yummy! - use this opportunity.

The NYU Stern "why MBA now" question is tougher than usual because the second essay is a thorough Stern centric analysis and expression essay. So you might not get away with putting in some basic info gleaned from the Stern website - that and more will be needed for NYU Stern essay 2. The approach might be to look for a connecting link between part a. and part c. of the essay and then try to bring New York University and Stern into the picture if required.

Treat the Post-Stern "career goal" question with moderation and realism. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. This however is not a dream job essay: the earlier parts of the essay should lead to your goal. Remember that there is a reason why these three questions are grouped together. Find and express a logical link between the three phases. Perfect links are acceptable but do make them credible; small deviations in career progress which retain credibility are far better than a perfect career progression that challenges credulity.

NYU Stern Essay 2

We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions: (500 word maximum)

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.

(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.

(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

NYU Stern Essay 2 Tips

(a) Again, hats off to NYU Stern. This is probably the most specific "why this B School?" application essay of the entire lot. And it obligates you to really work hard if you want to give a decent response to Stern. How serious are you about seeking admission at Stern? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far? Have you talked to current students or alumni? Have you visited Stern or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them?

(b) Why have you chosen Stern NYU as your career-changing tool? How will Stern help you learn and develop professionally and aid you in achieving your future career goals? What extracurricular activities at Stern excite and how are you qualified to learn from or contribute to those activities? Answering these questions should suffice for this part of the essay. How YOU benefit personally and professionally from Stern has to be expressed very differently from the thousands of other applicants. So strike that distinctive note, go beyond the obvious answers and distinguish yourself from your competition. Please ensure that there is minimal overlap with the next part of the essay and with the first essay.

(c) How would you contribute to the Stern NYU community? Which of your interests, ideas and strengths would make an impact at Stern? What type of student club or campus community event do you envisage yourself leading? Which event or club would you initiate? Which Stern activities would you be "involved" with? Thoroughly research student clubs, events, campus community activities and student life at Stern, 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.

NYU Stern Essay 3

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. All submissions become part of NYU Sternís permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be played or viewed electronically, that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

NYU Stern Essay 3 Tips

First and foremost take some time to forget the "creative" part of the question. Figure out the various points that you would like the Stern NYU admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in Essays 1 and 2. Try to look at the situation from an admissions committee and then a Stern NYU classroom viewpoint. Once again the subject is YOU. Perhaps you can try a different take, but the subject remains the same. While the question asks for a class perspective, you do NOT have to restrict yourself to that mode IF you have a clearly better approach. NOW think of the creative aspect.

Unleash your imagination. Forget about presenting your unique variety of Fragrant Fried Rice or an ice sculpture (how'll you transport it?); and they don't want your old clothes either. So what's left? Hand drawings, photographs, a short one-act play, a collage - and any number of other options. If you really start thinking about it you can do much better than that. And please do not ask ME for a creative option - I am saving it for my NYU Stern application :-)

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript/s, plans to retake the GMAT and/or TOEFL or any other relevant information. If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in Essay 4; If you are a re-applicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application; If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Stern NYU optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Stern NYU 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 (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

NYU Stern Essay 1

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font):

(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?

(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from the NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

This is a straight career progression and career goals essay from Stern NYU. But it is also more than that. The clearly delineated questions allow space for Pre-Stern, Stern and Post-Stern phases of your career. But if you can tie them in with the basic theme of your NYU Stern essay you can also blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story. The "choices" part of the essay is why I have such a high regard for the NYU Stern essays. Now you have to push yourself, look beyond a straight career narration and explore and reveal parts of your personality as well. Yummy! - use this opportunity.

The NYU Stern "why MBA now" question is tougher than usual because the second essay is a thorough Stern centric analysis and expression essay. So you might not get away with putting in some basic info gleaned from the Stern website - that and more will be needed for NYU Stern essay 2. The approach might be to look for a connecting link between part a. and part c. of the essay and then try to bring New York University and Stern into the picture if required.

Treat the Post-Stern "career goal" question with moderation and realism. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. This however is not a dream job essay: the earlier parts of the essay should lead to your goal. Remember that there is a reason why these three questions are grouped together. Find and express a logical link between the three phases. Perfect links are acceptable but do make them credible; small deviations in career progress which retain credibility are far better than a perfect career progression that challenges credulity.

NYU Stern Essay 2

We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions: (500 word maximum)

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.

(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.

(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

NYU Stern Essay 2 Tips

(a) Again, hats off to NYU Stern. This is probably the most specific "why this B School?" application essay of the entire lot. And it obligates you to really work hard if you want to give a decent response to Stern. How serious are you about seeking admission at Stern? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far? Have you talked to current students or alumni? Have you visited Stern or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them?

(b) Why have you chosen Stern NYU as your career-changing tool? How will Stern help you learn and develop professionally and aid you in achieving your future career goals? What extracurricular activities at Stern excite and how are you qualified to learn from or contribute to those activities? Answering these questions should suffice for this part of the essay. How YOU benefit personally and professionally from Stern has to be expressed very differently from the thousands of other applicants. So strike that distinctive note, go beyond the obvious answers and distinguish yourself from your competition. Please ensure that there is minimal overlap with the next part of the essay and with the first essay.

(c) How would you contribute to the Stern NYU community? Which of your interests, ideas and strengths would make an impact at Stern? What type of student club or campus community event do you envisage yourself leading? Which event or club would you initiate? Which Stern activities would you be "involved" with? Thoroughly research student clubs, events, campus community activities and student life at Stern, 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.

NYU Stern Essay 3

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. All submissions become part of NYU Sternís permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be played or viewed electronically, that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

NYU Stern Essay 3 Tips

First and foremost take some time to forget the "creative" part of the question. Figure out the various points that you would like the Stern NYU admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in Essays 1 and 2. Try to look at the situation from an admissions committee and then a Stern NYU classroom viewpoint. Once again the subject is YOU. Perhaps you can try a different take, but the subject remains the same. While the question asks for a class perspective, you do NOT have to restrict yourself to that mode IF you have a clearly better approach. NOW think of the creative aspect.

Unleash your imagination. Forget about presenting your unique variety of Fragrant Fried Rice or an ice sculpture (how'll you transport it?); and they don't want your old clothes either. So what's left? Hand drawings, photographs, a short one-act play, a collage - and any number of other options. If you really start thinking about it you can do much better than that. And please do not ask ME for a creative option - I am saving it for my NYU Stern application :-)

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information. An explanation must be provided in Essay 4 if:

You have been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation or required to withdraw from any college or university.

You have ever been convicted of a crime.

You cannot provide a recommendation from your current supervisor.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Stern NYU optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Stern NYU 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 (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

NYU Stern Essay 1

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font):

(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?

(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from the NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

This is a straight career progression and career goals essay from Stern NYU. But it is also more than that. The clearly delineated questions allow space for Pre-Stern, Stern and Post-Stern phases of your career. But if you can tie them in with the basic theme of your NYU Stern essay you can also blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story. The "choices" part of the essay is why I have such a high regard for the NYU Stern essays. Now you have to push yourself, look beyond a straight career narration and explore and reveal parts of your personality as well. Yummy! - use this opportunity.

The NYU Stern "why MBA now" question is tougher than usual because the second essay is a thorough Stern centric analysis and expression essay. So you might not get away with putting in some basic info gleaned from the Stern website - that and more will be needed for NYU Stern essay 2. The approach might be to look for a connecting link between part a. and part c. of the essay and then try to bring New York University and Stern into the picture if required.

Treat the Post-Stern "career goal" question with moderation and realism. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. This however is not a dream job essay: the earlier parts of the essay should lead to your goal. Remember that there is a reason why these three questions are grouped together. Find and express a logical link between the three phases. Perfect links are acceptable but do make them credible; small deviations in career progress which retain credibility are far better than a perfect career progression that challenges credulity.

NYU Stern Essay 2

We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders. Please answer the following questions: (500 word maximum)

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.

(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.

(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

NYU Stern Essay 2 Tips

(a) Again, hats off to NYU Stern. This is probably the most specific "why this B School?" application essay of the entire lot. And it obligates you to really work hard if you want to give a decent response to Stern. How serious are you about seeking admission at Stern? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far? Have you talked to current students or alumni? Have you visited Stern or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them?

(b) Why have you chosen Stern NYU as your career-changing tool? How will Stern help you learn and develop professionally and aid you in achieving your future career goals? What extracurricular activities at Stern excite and how are you qualified to learn from or contribute to those activities? Answering these questions should suffice for this part of the essay. How YOU benefit personally and professionally from Stern has to be expressed very differently from the thousands of other applicants. So strike that distinctive note, go beyond the obvious answers and distinguish yourself from your competition. Please ensure that there is minimal overlap with the next part of the essay and with the first essay.

(c) How would you contribute to the Stern NYU community? Which of your interests, ideas and strengths would make an impact at Stern? What type of student club or campus community event do you envisage yourself leading? Which event or club would you initiate? Which Stern activities would you be "involved" with? Thoroughly research student clubs, events, campus community activities and student life at Stern, 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.

NYU Stern Essay 3

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. All submissions become part of NYU Sternís permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be played or viewed electronically, that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

NYU Stern Essay 3 Tips

First and foremost take some time to forget the "creative" part of the question. Figure out the various points that you would like the Stern NYU admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in Essays 1 and 2. Try to look at the situation from an admissions committee and then a Stern NYU classroom viewpoint. Once again the subject is YOU. Perhaps you can try a different take, but the subject remains the same. While the question asks for a class perspective, you do NOT have to restrict yourself to that mode IF you have a clearly better approach. NOW think of the creative aspect.

Unleash your imagination. Forget about presenting your unique variety of Fragrant Fried Rice or an ice sculpture (how'll you transport it?); and they don't want your old clothes either. So what's left? Hand drawings, photographs, a short one-act play, a collage - and any number of other options. If you really start thinking about it you can do much better than that. And please do not ask ME for a creative option - I am saving it for my NYU Stern application :-)

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information. An explanation must be provided in Essay 4 if:

You have been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation or required to withdraw from any college or university.

You have ever been convicted of a crime.

You cannot provide a recommendation from your current supervisor.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your Stern NYU optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in which case you should actually redouble your efforts in the earlier essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the Stern NYU 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 (gaps in your resumes or second MBA) or application issues (reapplications) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible. One other situation when an optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that just CANNOT be accommodated in the other essays.

In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

NYU Stern Essay 1

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font):

(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?

(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from the NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

This is a straight career progression and career goals essay from Stern NYU. But it is also more than that. The clearly delineated questions allow space for Pre-Stern, Stern and Post-Stern phases of your career. But if you can tie them in with the basic theme of your NYU Stern essay you can also blend in non-career aspects that are relevant to your story. The "choices" part of the essay is why I have such a high regard for the NYU Stern essays. Now you have to push yourself, look beyond a straight career narration and explore and reveal parts of your personality as well. Yummy! - use this opportunity.

NYU Stern Essay 2

The NYU Stern community is one of our strongest assets. Please answer the following questions about this community: (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?

(b) What is the most difficult piece of constructive feedback you have received, and what did you do as a result of it? How will this experience make you a better member of the Stern community?

NYU Stern Essay 2 Tips

Part (a) obligates you to show how serious you are about seeking admission to Stern? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far? Have you talked to current students or alumni? Have you visited Stern or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them?

What is part (b) of the question doing in this section ?!%? Guess they are trying to grasp how well you can learn, adapt and change in a situation (like your Stern MBA class) where you have access to multiple viewpoints (and unlimited advice?!). Choose an example that shows how well you learn, communicate (spelled LISTEN), understand and adapt in group settings.

Last year NYU Stern had asked one of the most specific "why this B School?" application essays of the entire lot in this section. They had followed up (a) with "(b) How would you contribute to our community as a student?" and "(c) How will you benefit personally and professionally from the Stern community?". Perhaps that's the clue. Through part (b) show how you can contribute to any student community, specifically the Stern community. Try to find a fit with part a. of the essay but the main objective here is to project your learning skills and open mindedness.

NYU Stern Essay 3

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. All submissions become part of NYU Sternís permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be played or viewed electronically, that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

NYU Stern Essay 3 Tips

Unleash your imagination. Forget about presenting your unique variety of Fragrant Fried Rice or an ice sculpture (how'll you transport it?); and they don't want your old clothes either. So what's left? Hand drawings, photographs, a short one-act play, a collage - and any number of other options. If you really start thinking about it you can do much better than that. And please do not ask ME for a creative option - I am saving it for my NYU Stern application :-)

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information. An explanation must be provided in Essay 4 if:

You have been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation or required to withdraw from any college or university.

You have ever been convicted of a crime.

You cannot provide a recommendation from your current supervisor.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Here's that Stern optional essay again: the essay that you need to work on even if you donít write it. The main question in any NYU Stern optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Of course under the specific circumstances mentioned in the question, an explanation MUST be given. If not, attempt the NYU Stern optional essay only if you feel that your essay will improve the factual and material strength of your application

Stern NYU MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

NYU Stern Essay 1

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Describe the following (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font):

(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?

(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?

(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from the NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

NYU Stern Essay 1 Tips

This is a straight career progression and career goals essay from Stern NYU. But it is also more than that. The clearly delineated questions allow space for Pre-Stern, Stern and Post-Stern phases of your career.

Treat the Post-Stern "career goal" question with moderation and realism. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking. This however is not a dream job essay: the earlier parts of the essay should lead to your goal.

NYU Stern Essay 2

The NYU Stern community is one of our strongest assets. Please answer the following questions about this community: (500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? What actions have you taken to learn more about us?

(b) How would you contribute to our community as a student?

(c) How will you benefit personally and professionally from the Stern community?

NYU Stern Essay 2 Tips

Again, hats off to NYU Stern. This is probably the most specific "why this B School?" application essay of the entire lot. And it obligates you to really work hard if you want to give a decent response to Stern. How serious are you about seeking admission at Stern? What kind of online and offline research have you done so far? Have you talked to current students or alumni? Have you visited Stern or any of the fairs or receptions hosted by them?

The second part of the essay can be customized to fit NYU Stern but the real question is "what can you contribute to any student community?". Try to find a fit with part a. of the essay but the main objective here is to project your strengths. So do that. There are obvious answers to part c. Because this part is perhaps much easier than the preceding two, how YOU benefit personally and professionally from Stern might not be expressed very differently from a hundred other applicants. So look for that distinctive note, apart from the obvious answers.

NYU Stern Essay 3

Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use any method to convey your message (e.g. words, illustrations). Feel free to be creative. All submissions become part of NYU Sternís permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. We do not recommend submitting anything that must be played or viewed electronically, that is perishable (e.g. food) or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

NYU Stern Essay 3 Tips

First and foremost take some time to forget the "creative" part of the question. Figure out the various points that you would like the Stern NYU admissions committee to know about you that have not been covered in Essays 1 and 2. Try to look at the situation from an admissions committee and then a Stern NYU classroom viewpoint. Once again the subject is YOU. Perhaps you can try a different take, but the subject remains the same. While the question asks for a class perspective, you do NOT have to restrict yourself to that mode IF you have a clearly better approach. NOW think of the creative aspect.

NYU Stern Optional Essay

Please provide any additional information you would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information. An explanation must be provided in Essay 4 if:

You have been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation or required to withdraw from any college or university.

You have ever been convicted of a crime.

You cannot provide a recommendation from your current supervisor.

NYU Stern Optional Essay Tips

Use the Stern NYU optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. In case you find any of the above applicable, note down the options and then consider again if the optional essay is a strong constructive addition to your candidacy. If yes, then start working on the essay.

Go for it!

           
           
 

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