NYU Stern MBA Essay Analysis 2018-19

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今年 Stern 的題目有滿大的變動,第一題一樣是 career goal essay,刪掉去年有的選擇program的題目,而以往的創意題今年依舊只接受 PDF的檔案格式。在申請的日期方面,Stern從去年的3輪申請round再次改回4個申請的 round,R1申請截至日為 10月15日,R2 在11月15日。而 NYU Stern 有另外兩個 MBA program,一個是 Fashion & Luxury MBA,一個是 Tech MBA,這幾年也受到不少學生青睞。

Essay 1:  Professional Aspirations

(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

  • What are your short and long-term career goals?
  • How will the MBA help you achieve them?

這一題請申請者回答長短程的 career goal + why Stern。

這兩個問題沒有哪個比較重要,但是你要確認你的 goal essay 清楚的涵蓋這兩題的答案;想用一個 goal essay 打天下(申請所有學校)的人,要特別注意:第一點,NYU是一所非常重視承諾的學校,因為許多申請者同時都會申請同樣位在紐約市的Columbia Business School,因此why Stern 需要特別強調你與學校的fit,尤其是展現出你為了了解NYU所做的努力,例如學校說明會的參與(學校會當場點名,也可能在你申請時比對)、和哪些校友聊過、學校哪些資源課程吸引你 – be specific,當然在這裡也可以加入在Columbia essay裡也會提到的紐約優勢。(推薦閱讀:想交出引發共鳴的申請資料?別忘了情蒐商學院院長

第二點,要好好連結這兩個小題,你的短期目標跟why MBA,應該都要往長期目標的方向來規劃,而從你畢業後第一份工作裡想學習到的技能,需要清楚連結到你的長期 career goal。假如你畢業後想做管顧業,而長期目標是創業的話,你需要說明畢業後能在顧問業學習到什麼,像是針對不同產業研究趨勢、分析問題的方法、建立的人脈、幫客戶解決問題的方法,可以讓你未來創業時,對產業趨勢有敏感度,對事業有更全面的思維。

很多亞洲學生對於有多個小題的 essay 特別不會掌握,常常寫到一半就亂了,最後整篇文章好像回答到所有問題,又好像沒有,加上不確定連貫性如何,其實英文寫作不容易,建議你還是多找一些校友或顧問潤稿。

Essay 2:  Personal Expression

Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

  • A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six" (no more than 3 sentences).
  • Six images that help illustrate who you are.
  • A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

這一題也和去年一樣,只是前幾年的這一題,我滿多學生選擇用影片的方式呈現,而今年學校取消影片,而請申請者選六張可以代表自己的照片、圖表、資訊圖表(infographic)。

越來越多學校希望申請者告訴他們,希望未來班上同學怎麼認識自己,也就是幫助Adcom想像,有你在班上會帶來怎樣的加分,所以你可以想像這是一個 “what are you most proud of outside of work” + “contribution” 的題目。你可以找過去做義工課外活動、公司社團、商業競賽、個人興趣(運動、旅行等)的照片或整理的圖表/infographic,總之你可以選擇用不同的素材,描述自己各個面相,當然也有人只想講自己的一個經驗,所以用六張同一件經驗的所有素材,把某一個經驗講的深入一點,也是很好表達自己的方法。(延伸閱讀:招生委員的評分六大關鍵 》錄取頂尖商學院的第一步,先了解招生委員都在想什麼

Stern Adcom負責人 Isser Gallogly 表示,因為 Instagram 等社群軟體越來越普及,學校也希望響應這個趨勢,用圖像輔助文字,希望申請者可以在面試前,就栩栩如生地站在 Adcom 面前介紹自己,Gallogly也說,以往因為有些申請者花太多時間在剪輯影片上,所以今年有了這個題目形式的變動,也是希望申請者不要因為題目太廣,而不敢申請 Stern。

我很喜歡和學生腦力激盪這種創意題,因為過程中會討論到學生不曾想到,卻非常適合這題的素材,而且往往做出來的成就感很大,過程中也更認識學校、認識自己!不管如何,發揮你的創意,但千萬記得,這還是一篇申請 MBA 的 essay,因此重點在於讓學校更了解你有他們想尋找的特質,而不是單純地發揮創意。

EQ Endorsements

Choosing Your Endorsers

  • You are required to submit two EQ Endorsements with your application.
  • One EQ Endorsement must come from your current supervisor. If you cannot include an endorsement from your current supervisor, you must provide an explanation in the online application.
  • The second EQ Endorsement may come from someone who knows you professionally and/or personally.
  • EQ Endorsements should come from individuals who can objectively assess your potential for success in NYU Stern’s MBA program and in your future career, and who can act as a persuasive advocate of your EQ strengths.
  • Immediate family members should not write your EQ endorsement.
  • Submitting more than two EQ endorsements is not encouraged but is allowed. Please carefully consider whether additional endorsements add significant value and a new and unique perspective to your application.

EQ Endorsement Questions

Your endorsers will be asked to rate you on a number of abilities and qualities, as well as provide an answer to these five questions:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.
  • How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles (if applicable)? Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)
  • Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
  • IQ+EQ is a core value of NYU Stern, and we seek exceptional individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills such as self-awareness, empathy, communication and self-management are at the core of our community of leaders. Please provide one specific and compelling example to demonstrate the applicant’s emotional intelligence.
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know?

Your endorsers may answer these questions in the endorsement form or by uploading a Word or PDF document.

EQ endorsements must be submitted online

除了兩封推薦信以外,Stern 從去年開始要求申請者找一個可以舉出申請者與EQ相關的事例,今年更要求要找一個老闆、一個朋友同事,共兩人來舉例說明申請者有好的EQ。學校希望申請者不是只是一個好的領導者,同時也是可以在群體間有好的人緣、在團隊合作上可以發揮同理心的好同事、好老闆。我建議這一題除了老闆以外,可以找一個不同部門的同事來寫,舉一些跨部門合作的經驗,或者可以找志工組織,或者社團成員,描述沒有利益關係時,申請者是如何圓滑地解決問題,讓事情圓滿。(延伸閱讀:學校教授、公司總經理…想出國念書,千萬別找這4種人幫你寫推薦信

 

Application Deadline:

  • Round 1: October 15,2018
  • Round 2: November 15, 2018
  • Round 3: January 15, 2019
  • Round 4:March 15,2019

 

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