Kellogg Northwestern MBA Application: Essay Analysis Fall 2013

If you are applying to the Northwester Kellogg MBA full-time program, the admissions team at Admit1MBA is here to make your life easier. Read our analysis of the Kellogg MBA application essays to help you get started.

Essay 1. Discuss moments or influences in your personal life that have defined who you are today. (500 word limit)  

Analysis: This essay is about your life, upbringing and personal journey. Don’t be tempted to weave in stories about your professional success or how you got into the most competitive school in your country. This essay is somewhat similar to the INSEAD Essay “Candide Description of Yourself,”  or even NYU’s Personal Statement (creative third essay). This is a long essay to talk about your personal life and you want to make sure that you are using the space to really help Kellogg MBA Admissions understand who you are – beyond the numbers and the resume.  If you don’t have a big Aha! moment or inflection point, you can still make this essay work, as long as you have a strong theme (or two) and a solid structure.

Essay 2. What have been your most significant leadership experiences? What challenges did you face, and what impact did you have? This is your opportunity to explain how you Think Bravely (personally and/or professionally). (500 word limit)

Analysis: Notice how Kellogg Admissions are asking you for one or more meaningful leadership experience; you don’t need to limit yourself to just one project or one initiative. The way to make this essay impressive is to first understand what Kellogg is looking for in their students, and then find stories that are inline with Kellogg’s values and mission. Kellogg is also asking about the impact of your actions, so if you have any “wow!” stories this would be great place to describe them.   

Essay 3. Imagine yourself at your Kellogg graduation. What career will you be preparing to enter, and how have the MBA and Kellogg helped you get there? (Please answer in terms of your program choice: One-Year, Two-Year, MMM, JD-MBA) (500 word limit)    

Analysis: This is Kellogg’s way of asking you “why MBA”, “why  Kellogg”. Make sure that you address the specific structure and benefits of the program you are applying to (1-year, 2-year, MMM or JD-MBA). Think about what you are looking to do in your career post graduation from the Kellogg MBA, the skills you will need, the challenges you will face as a leader and a manager, and the opportunities at Kellogg the will prepare you to succeed.

Essay 4. What one interesting or fun fact would you want your future Kellogg classmates to know about you? (25 words or less)

Analysis: Such a short essay question (and answer). Kellogg MBA Admissions team are very specific: ONE interesting fact about you. It could be an instrument that you play, a  mountain you have climbed, your favorite color or the number of books you have about knitting. Really. Don’t over analyze this question, just put pen to paper. And Smile. Hopefully Kellogg MBA Admissions will smile too when they read this.

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