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Great Lakes has introduced an Essay section in the application form this year. Here are a few things to know, before submitting your applications :
What the essays are for?
The Essays are meant to provide you an opportunity to help us understand you better and how you will fit in to the Great Lakes community. This is a chance for you to bring out your uniqueness. A chance to tell your story, highlight your experience, achievements, goals, aspirations and motivations behind wanting to pursue an MBA. A well written essay achieves the following objectives:
- Allows the admissions committee to gain insights into you that aren't revealed in your test scores, transcripts or letters of recommendation.
- Persuades the admissions committee that you are the right fit for our PGPM class.
- It gives you a chance to show your uniqueness and individuality
Essay 1: Why should you be part of PGPM Class of 2019 and how do you think you can enrich the experience of the Great Lakes Community?
The first essay is compulsory and delves into what you would bring to the Class as an individual. We receive large number of applications from promising candidates every year and while selecting the candidates, it is important for us to understand how you will add value to the class and enrich the experience of your peers. Things you can focus on while framing the answer to this question are:
- Your motivation for getting in to Great Lakes and how you expect to leverage business school.
- Highlight personal attributes which you think are an asset to you, and to the class in the future.
- The challenges that you faced, the initiatives that you took and the impact you have had professionally at work or in a community
- What initiatives you would want to take once you are part of the PGPM Class and how you will add to the overall experience.
- Support your claims with real life examples - this gives context and adds to the credibility.
Please ensure that you stay authentic and true. What is more important to us is your self-awareness and motivation and not just the quantum of your achievements.
Essay 2: Is there anything else about you that is not covered in the application that you would like to share with us?
While optional, this question gives you a chance to talk about things you would like the admissions committee to know about you and not captured in the rest of the form. Please avoid repeating information already shared in other parts of the application. This essay may focus on the following:
- Talk about any unique life experiences that shaped you as an individual
- Significant achievements in any sphere which you feel are important to explain
- Any unusual choices made in personal or professional life.
- Challenging situations that you faced which will give us insights into your background and character.
- Any explanation for unusual gaps in academics, employment or poor scores.
Things to Remember:
- Before you start writing your essays, take some time to think about your story and your personal brand. Think about the aspects of your professional and personal life you want the admissions team to know about.
- Ensure that the story you tell in the essay complements the information you provide in the application form.
- Once the draft is ready, show it to people who you think know you the best and seek feedback on whether this does justice in communicating who you are as an individual.
- Do a thorough spell and grammar check before submitting your application. Poor spellings and grammar reflect carelessness which is not acceptable.
- Last but definitely not the least, remember to be true to yourself in the essays. Don't say things you cannot convincingly demonstrate during the interviews.
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