UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Analysis 2017-18

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今年 Haas 的問題與往年大同小異,只是和 Stanford, Wharton 一樣,Haas 也多了一些對題目的解釋、提醒,學校希望大家起跑點一樣,不希望有些人明明很優秀,但是放錯重點,但根據我的經驗,還是有很多學生沒看懂提示,或者以為學校反向操作(想太多)。R1 申請截止日是今年9月21日(每個學校 R1 deadline 都越來越早),R2 為 2018年 1月 4日。

New Essay #1

Tell us a six-word story that reflects a memorable experience in your life-to-date. Elaborate on why it is meaningful to you. (250 words maximum)
Tip: A successful six-word story will pique the reader’s interest in the forthcoming explanation. Together, the story and explanation will share a specific and personal experience that helps the reader get to know you better, giving insight into your character, values, or how you would uniquely contribute to the Berkeley-Haas community. View sample six-word stories and video tips from the admissions committee.

Old Essay #1

If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 words maximum)

今年 Haas 變動比較大的題目,就是第一題,從以往請申請者選一首代表你是誰的歌,到今年的六字故事,在Adcom提供的影片中,特別提到了這六個字不能多不能少,不包含標點符號,而且歡迎把 “It is” 替代成 “It’s” 來省字數。而用剩下來的250字,描述這六個字「為何」對你很重要。Haas Adcom也寫了兩個例子,分別是 “Hugged my daughter a little longer.” 及 “Destination set. Don’t forget the route.” (想更了解怎麼寫?一起來看看去年的題目吧!)

250 個字不多,所以建議大家先從自己做過的,工作以外的事情思考起,或許是你熱愛的運動、社團、志工服務等等,這一題寫工作以外的事,而下面的第二題,你應該會寫工作上發生的事,這樣可以有不錯的平衡。當然,如果你工作以外有一個傲人的成績,或者有深刻的個人故事,對你的成長過程相當重要,第一題絕對可以寫這件大事。我知道這種人生經驗的素材,對亞洲學生來講,比較難找,這也是為什麼我和學生會花很多時間在討論這篇 essay,再說,因為這像前幾年的一首歌的題目一樣,是 Haas 一篇獨特的題目,代表你無法從其他學校的 essay,百分之百複製過來。(延伸閱讀:想交出讓MBA面試官難忘的申請表?多累積志工服務經驗吧!

Adcom也說,這六個字不用完美的文法,基本上是美國人看得懂就好,但是六個字很短,對英文不是母語的你來說,要選對字,精準地表達你的故事,並不容易,所以我建議還是請我,或者英文家教、英文是母語的朋友,一起討論。

New Essay #2

Respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)
  • Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how it has impacted you.
  • Describe how you have cultivated a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Describe a leadership experience and how you made a positive and lasting impact.
Tip: Responses can draw from professional or personal experiences. Through your response, the admissions committee hopes to gain insight into your achievements, involvement, and leadership footprint.

Old Essay #2

Please respond to one of the following prompts: (250 words maximum)
  • Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world and how it transformed you.
  • Describe a time when you were challenged by perspectives different from your own and how you responded.
  • Describe a difficult decision you have made and why it was challenging.
In your response, clearly indicate to which prompt (1, 2, or 3) you are responding. We do not have a preference among the prompts and suggest that you select the one for which you can share a specific experience, professional or personal.

這個三選一的問題,相信很多人都會選擇第一或第二選項,這兩個選項的確比較好寫,針對第一選項,可以舉工作上的一些好成績,描述那件事遇到的挫折,以及對你的影響;針對第二選項,雖然跟第一選項有點類似,但重點在於,針對這件事,你是有一個獨特的「對手」,而你需要準確描述兩方的想法、原因、情緒。說要準確,是因為你不能在描述事情的當下,就好像在批評另一個人不對,而你比較對,你應該要描述的是,你跟對手想法「不同」的地方。這兩個選項比較好寫的原因,是因為你申請的一些其他學校的 essay,可能也有類似的問題,可以通用。

當然學校說三題任選都可以,但是我覺得,能把第二或第三點寫得好的人,更能脫穎而出,原因是這樣:

第三選項是考驗你有沒有未來領導者的風範,每個領導者都要做決定,一天可能要做幾十個,雖然擁有3至5年工作經驗的你,在公司裡的責任範圍有限,但只要你形容它的困難度,形容你解決問題的方法,最好是用邏輯,加上經驗、膽量、運氣,因為現實生活就是這樣,不是所有決定都有完整的數據可以用來判斷。(延伸閱讀:MBA錄取的重要關鍵-領導力

250字essay的難度在於,很多學生以為只要寫一件事情,就忽略了一件事情可以有多種層面,故事一定要有層次才好看,舉第三題當例子,你一定要細細描述你作決定的原則、步驟,不是用 150字形容問題,學校只要知道問題大概是什麼就好,重點是你的解決方法、你做決定的依據。

最後提醒,Berkeley Haas 找學生的三個特質是:confidence without attitude, question the status quo, think beyond themselves. 不管你選哪個問題,都要謹記在心,你至少要體現其中一個特質。

New Essay #3

 

  • Briefly describe your immediate post-MBA career goals. (50 words maximum)
  • How have prior experiences motivated and prepared you to pursue these goals? (250 words maximum)
Tip: You are encouraged to reflect on both what you want to do professionally after business school and why this path interests you.

Old Essay #3

Tell us about your career plans. How have your past experiences prepared you to achieve these goals? How will Berkeley-Haas help you? (500 words maximum)

You are encouraged to reflect on what it is you want to do after business school, including the types of roles, responsibilities, and organizations that are of interest. Through this essay we hope to learn about your professional journey to date and how an MBA will facilitate your success – broadly defined – in the future.

這是一個典型的 career goals + why MBA + why now,大家可以參考去年Columbia essay analysis 第一題的解析。Haas 今年沒有提到要你寫出學校怎麼幫助你,而且跟 Columbia 不一樣的有兩點,第一是你需要列出過去的經驗,怎麼幫助你達到未來的這些目標,希望在這邊你展現出,自己是很有計畫性地往這個未來目標走;另一個重點是,很多學生都說,申請 Berkeley 或者 Stanford 是不是一定要寫創業?答案當然不是,每個學校的畢業生,創業的比例都不可能超過三成,每個學校也都會強調多元性,一個班級每個人都要創業,或一個班級每個人都要做管顧,絕對不是學校想要的商學院氣氛,寫你想做的、你有優勢的、你有熱情的,是最重要的原則。(同場加映:為什麼要念MBA ?這會是你最初、最重要也可能是難回答的題目

Application Deadline:

  • Round 1: September 21, 2017
  • Round 2: January 4, 2018
  • Round 3: April 5, 2018

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