Writing the Said MBA essays is a daunting task – where do you start?
The notions 2nd question, “Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why?” was reduced from 2,000 words to 1,000 words – make this essay slightly easier. 

I have analyzed the Said MBA questions before and I would like to offer some more insights on how to approach this essay. 

Glossary for Said MBA Essays: 

Recent development – Said MBA Admissions are looking to see your connection to the world, so talking about a recent political, financial, technological or social change could be a good place to start.  Development: This could be anything from the financial crisis, the Arab Spring, raise in cotton prices or the flooding in Thailand and the Phillipnes. 
Recent: – you have some liberty here, but don’t talk about development that are more than 5 years old. 

World event – if you pick this one, show Said MBA that you are a global citizen. The event could take place in your country or someplace else – it doesn’t matter, as long as it has impacted your thinking.  When you talk about world event in your Oxford essays, don’t fall into cultural biases and make sure to be sensitive to other perspectives and ideas, as the reader might have a completely different opinion from yours. 

Book: almost any book could make the cut. The majority of applicants tend to go with non-fiction and biographes (think Dreams from my Father or The Tipping Point),  but selecting a lesser-known book is not going to damage you, as long as you provide a very short summary about it. 

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