NYU Stern MBA Essay Analysis 2020-21

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NYU Stern的題目從前年開始出現滿大的變動,第一題一樣是 career goal essay,刪掉往年有的選擇program (Full-time MBA, Tech MBA, Fashion & Luxury MBA) 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今年依舊維持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(a.k.a. “Pick Six")

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.

這一題也和前兩年一樣,而2018年以前的幾年,針對這一題,我滿多學生選擇用影片的方式呈現,而前年開始學校取消影片,讓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,所以才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。(延伸閱讀:不是一定要拯救世界,才能申請MBA!學習說個好故事,讓你脫穎而出)

2018-19申請年度,從台灣錄取Stern的都是我的學生,這四個人的Personal Expression都截然不同;有人用照片表現她如何宣揚台灣土地人情,有人討論創業過程,有人寫各種社團活動及代表的個性⋯。所以我建議申請者不要過度在意「學校到底想看什麼?」這個問題,而是拿出自己最有特色的六個面向/活動,全力以赴!

Essay 3: Additional Information (optional)

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

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

NYU Stern在optional essay這題列出好幾個須知,清楚的表明誰才需要寫optional essay,學校不希望申請者怕沒有多寫這篇,就好像沒有申請的誠意,而硬要擠出一篇,optional essay是給真的有需要解釋的申請者寫的,例如題目提到的工作空檔、學校成績解釋等等,等於給申請者一個機會,解釋Adcom從resume或essay上看到會感到疑惑的事情。

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 從前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,今年同樣要求要找一個老闆、一個朋友或同事,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 15,2020
  • Round 2: November 15, 2020
  • Round 3: January 15, 2021
  • Round 4:March 15,2021

 

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