Thursday, October 20, 2011

Attempts at Writing Essays

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So far I have written ~two and a half essay decks. 


There are only a handful of essays I’m really happy about and the others are just okay.   I know that you can be your harshest critique but geez…I have a ways to go.  

I sat in front of my laptop with a blank stare the other day and gave up (just for the night)….b/c I really feel like I need to go back to the drawing board sometimes and think about two main things.  What is the theme of my essay deck and what does the school care about? 
To me that is the hardest part.

Last week I reviewed an essay deck with a friend and basically I realized that I needed to delete an entire essay and rewrite another one.  They just weren’t the right message.  So I started a Word-doc called “extra-writing”…where I throw in stories and paragraphs that get deleted.  I’m hoping I can eventually dig these up and use them later, but right now they are in a temporary garbage.  So far my “extra-writing ”doc  is 6 pages lol….just to let you know how much I’ve thrown out.

Anyways, so right now I’m just stepping back, reviewing the Excel document where I typed up my entire life, and asking…What stories does this school care about?
Good luck writing your essays!

3 comments:

MktgBadger October 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

Good idea on the extra writing ... wonder who gave you that one. ;o)

Linda Abraham October 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

I think starting a file with material you aren't using yet, is a great idea. Thanks.

I also think that focusing on the message you want to convey is the right way to go. So while it's frustrating to through out 6 pages and X hours of work, it's probably a good move. And it's always there if you need it in the future.

For more tips on choosing topics for your MBA essays, please see MBA Essay 101

Motown October 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

@MktgBadger Thank you for the "extra writing" document idea...kudos

@Linda Abraham I'm glad I'm not making this document completely in vain. Thank you for the link. I will totally check it out!

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