This past week I attended the AIGAC conference, hosted by Stanford MBA and Berkeley’s Haas MBA. The event included interactions with follow admissions consultants and Admissions officers from top schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UCLA, Tuck, Darden, IE and more.
The Stanford campus was beautiful and inspiring, and even a passionate New Yorker like myself can imagine enjoying living in this unreal environment for 2 years, with short visits to the real world.
The message from Admissions officers to applicants was the same across the board – show us who you are, why you need an MBA and why here. This is not news – but it’s good to think about it as you are starting to work on your applications this season.
Here are 3 questions that any applicant should ask themselves:
- What do I want to do in my life and why?
- Why do I need to leave my job, and spend $100,000 and 2 years of my life to get there?
- Why is the Stanford/Columbia/NYU MBA is critical for me to achieve these goals?
Answering these questions is paramount to creating a strong application to any top MBA program.
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