Patrick Salmon, Senior Admissions Assistant for Kellogg, provides some great advice on how and why to start your application submission process early.
Here are six ways he suggests applicants should start preparing over the (northern hemisphere) summer:
- Treat the essays as a summer homework assignment.
- Research different MBA programs.
- Connect with the different programs; register for their updates and events.
- Study for and take the GMAT exam.
- Obtain copies of your undergraduate transcript.
- Start thinking about who you might approach to serve as your recommenders
Early Preparations for the Essays
While most schools have not yet posted their essay questions, you should start reflecting on your career story and career progress — how you’ve gotten to where you are and why you’ve been successful. This self-reflection may even be more powerful when not being influenced by an individual school’s essay questions. Think about how to frame what’s been meaningful in your professional and personal life; consider how to frame your work and life experiences.
Patrick goes on to comment:
You will stand out if you’re able to tell us who you are, why you’ve been successful, and how you’ve gotten to where you are today. Doing this instead of just giving us information on what you’ve accomplished makes for a more meaningful story and a more powerful essay.
Read the full article on the Kellogg website.