Chicago full time MBA essay include the interesting requirement of a 4 slides, and the content is “what would you like your future classmates to know how about you?” This is similar to NYU’s Stern’s “creatively describe yourself to your future classmates” but in a more structured way.
Chicago states clearly that the slides are going to be printed (in color) so therefore no special effect, animation or links should be used.
The way I suggest to approach this essay is to look at your application in a holistic way, and try to understand how to maximize this section. The first essay is clearly professional (career choice) where as the second one (mistake/feedback) should be a combination of a professional essay with some leadership/personal growth that is more personal.
The slides are the opportunity to go a bit wild – to be less serious about yourself and focus on your personality and what makes you special. If you have a common professional background/industry for MBA candidates (IT / Technology, Finance, Consulting etc) this is a perfect way to show how you stand out.
Don’t include anything that can offened anyone but please use more than words – include an image of you in a personal situation (travelling, volunteering, with family, hiking…), show your passions (cooking, travelling, knitting, biking…) or take it to the next level and create something sophisticated that has multi-layer messaging. One way to generate ideas for this section is to ask your friends and family for ideas and take it from there.
Here’s the specific instructions from Booth:
In four slides or less please answer the following question: What have you not already shared in your application that you would like your future classmates to know about you?
We have set forth the following guidelines for you to consider when creating your presentation.
The content is completely up to you. There is no right or wrong approach to this essay.
Feel free to use the software you are most comfortable with. Acceptable formats for upload in the online application system are PowerPoint or PDF.
- There is a strict maximum of four slides, though you can provide fewer than four if you choose.
- Slides will be printed and added to your file for review, therefore, flash, hyperlinks, embedded videos, music, etc. will not be viewed by the committee. You are limited to text and static images to convey your points.
- Color may be used.
- Slides will be evaluated on the quality of content and ability to convey your ideas, not on technical expertise or presentation.
- You are welcome to attach a document containing notes if you feel a deeper explanation of your slides is necessary. However the hope is the slide is able to stand alone and convey your ideas clearly. You will not be penalized for adding notes but you should not construct a slide with the intention of using the notes section as a consistent means of