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Start by listing your achievements
Well-written essays cover past achievements and go on to demonstrate how they position you for success in the future.
Set about your essay writing effort by listing your achievements.
It will initiate the process of assessing yourself. It will help review your past to gain a perspective on the present. In these achievements you will discover strengths and abilities that you need to bring out through the essays.
What would you classify as “achievements”?
Look back and recall experiences that made you feel proud. These could include the initiative you took to get the job you had always desired, or the manner in which you helped a colleague handle a difficult situation. You could also include the impact you created with the article you published in the school magazine, the ease with which you handle both work and fun, or the problem you foresaw that averted a crisis at work.
Sit back, think and list down the achievements. Work on this list for a few days and keep adding to it.
When you think you are done, organize the list. Place the achievements into different buckets depending on the settings in which they happened.
1. Work Setting – Achievements that happened at work come here.
2. Academic Setting – Academic achievements come here.
3. Extracurricular Setting – Achievements outside of work and study come here.
4. Personal Setting – Achievements from personal life come here.
When you use achievements from these four different settings to substantiate points in your essays, you bring out your diverse background and project your well rounded personality.
The exercise of listing your achievements is an exercise worth taking up since it will cull and consolidate all the information you would need to convey to the Admissions Committee. Invest your time at it.
Chapter 2: Career progress and future plans
Chapter 3: Leadership and teamwork
Chapter 4: Unique applicant
Chapter 5: Weaknesses, setbacks and failures
Chapter 6: Why MBA? Why XYZ school?
Chapter 7: Miscellaneous issues