The Admissions Committee is interested in learning more about you on both a personal and professional level. Please answer the following (maximum of 300 words for each section):

a. Why are you pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life?
b. Define your short and long term career goals post MBA.
c. What is it about Chicago Booth that is going to help you reach your goals?

d. RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: Upon reflection, how has your thinking regarding your future, Chicago Booth, and/or getting an MBA changed since the time of your last application?  

Analysis: I’ve seen students approach this Chicago MBA questions as 3 or 4 separate essays, that need to be answered separately. Chicago’s MBA application is set in a way that you will need to upload 3 (or 4) different text answers but they should connect well to each other Chicago is making life easier and harder – they make sure you balance your essay and discuss all the topics they want to hear however they are forcing a structure. The admissions officers at Chicago are going to print your application and read it as a whole – it’s only 300 words each so as they progress throughout the essays still have in their mind the previous sections. The outcome should be a comprehensive essay that flows well from one section to another and represents your profile well. 

2. Chicago Booth is a place that challenges its students to stretch and take risks that they might not take elsewhere. Tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you learned from that experience (maximum of 750 words).

Analysis: the important thing it to talk about something significant. I’ve seen applicants talking about how they decided to come to the US and pursue a Master’s degree – they had to leave their home countries, culture etc. It is a nice story, however it is so common that if possible I would recommend avoiding it. Try to find something from your professional experience that show your thought process about risk , analyzing situations and making the right decisions at that point in time.

3. At Chicago Booth, we teach you HOW to think rather than what to think. With this in mind, we have provided you with “blank pages” in our application. Knowing that there is not a right or even a preferred answer allows you to demonstrate to the committee your ability to navigate ambiguity and provide information that you believe will support your candidacy for Chicago Booth.

Analysis: well, the Chicago 4 slides/pages is a totally different story. See my previous analysis on Chicago’s blank pages.

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