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Johnson Cornell Essay Questions and Tips


1. You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 500 words or less, please create the table of contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions.


List your major life influences, main motivators, turning points, and interests. Also bring out your aspirations. What would you like to achieve in your life - at work, personally, in the community.  


2. What are your short and long term goals and how do you see the Cornell MBA enabling you to achieve both? Please limit your response to 500 words or less.


What is your ideal first job after graduating? Show which industry, what role, and what you want to achieve through that role. Where will your short-term goals take you say 15 years from now? How have your experiences so far led you to this goal? To excel in the future role, what do you want to learn and experience at business school? How will specific aspects of Haas MBA help you obtain the learning?   


3. Optional: Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) do not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School. If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application since the last time you applied. Please limit your response to 500 words or less.


Address any weaknesses here: low grades, GMAT score, employment gaps, anything that you think raises a red flag in your profile.