In reviewing the application process for 2015-2016, we thought a lot about our applicants—how to streamline the application process, making it less cumbersome, more thoughtful. The result was one less required essay and one additional optional essay. As a prospective BC MBA student, here are the things you need to know about the changes.
The single essay required to complete your application poses this question:
Please discuss how you plan to achieve your short- and long-term career goals following graduation from Boston College. What challenges will you face and how will Boston College help you develop your skills and leverage your professional experiences to achieve these goals? (500 words.)
In addition, the optional essays you may submit with your application are:
1. Please introduce yourself to the BC community. Feel free to be creative in expressing your message.
2. If you have not had coursework in core business subjects (accounting, finance, microeconomics, statistics, etc.), or if your standardized test scores are below average, please tell us how you plan to prepare for the quantitative rigor of the BC MBA curriculum.
3. Is there any aspect of your candidacy that you would like to explain in more detail?
Tips for writing your essay(s):
- Be authentic in your responses. Whether you're describing your anticipated career goals or explaining an aspect of your candidacy, your candor is valued.
- Make sure that you are addressing the question being asked, rather than creating a generic personal statement. Organizing your thoughts in an outline first can help ensure that the points you make in your writing are directly related to the question at hand.
- Show evidence of thought regarding your short- and long-term career goals, and present them in a clear and concise manner.
- A seemingly obvious, yet often overlooked step in writing your essay should be to proofread your work for spelling or grammatical errors, as well as to be sure that you have included the correct name of the school or program you're applying to.
Our 2016 application will be available in early September. We look forward to reading your essays!
Are you applying to Boston College this fall? This Jesuit-affiliated college is one of few schools that don’t require any supplemental essays, which puts more emphasis on your personal statement. Here are 5 essay intro examples that were successful:
When describing my home of—-, I would define it as a typical English village. But what is typical for me is not normal to everyone else. My normal is growing up in a village with a pub that can fit only ten people. It is going to boarding school in an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’. Normal is joining a primary school, attended by Winston Churchill, which was built around a 14th century manor house, and had only 138 students. It is having the closest town of—- being named ‘one of the strangest places to live’ due to its many converging religions. Some might not call this normal, but I’ve always called it home. Keep reading.
A frizzy mane of unruly ringlets crowns me as the owner of the Hair That Cannot Be Tamed. With corkscrew curls poking out freely from every inch of my head, I am quickly given the nickname “Fro-Fro”—half lovingly and half mockingly—by the children in my 5th grade class. Believing that there is truth in their ridicule, I decide to try out a new ‘do. I make a valiant attempt to tame my curls by creating two buns atop my head in a Minnie Mouse-like fashion, in what I thought would become the be-all and end-all fad of 2007: View full essay.
From the bright orange Indian tapestry and the intricately woven Iranian prayer mat hanging on the wall to the Romanian tea kettle perched precariously among piles of ungraded papers and tests, Ms. Moore’s World Literature classroom can more accurately be likened to a room in the Museum of Natural History than a 10th grade English classroom. Contrasting with the typical “hang in there” and “math is fun!” posters plastered on the walls of my other high school classrooms, the unconventional décor of Ms. Moore’s room is the first clue to any visitor that Room 187 is a unique learning environment. Darting from one end of the room to the other, a just under five-foot woman with cropped brown hair and glasses greets me as soon as I walk in the door. Calling me a biscuit, a nickname she reserves for her students, Ms. Moore makes coming into English feel like coming home. The room is warm and filled with excitement, a community of people passionate about literature and global issues presented in our readings. Although 10th grade has come and passed, the room and its owner still welcome me and all other students. The room itself, the teacher, and the community of Room 187 make it a place where I was and still am completely content. Read more.
As I slow my stride to look around, I see others on my track team working through their exhaustion and keeping a steady pace. Most of the time I can push forward, as the track is where I find solace and really feel alive. Sports have always been a large part of my life, but today I can’t help imagine running off the track straight into my home to fill the mold of my bed. I normally don’t concede to my fatigue, but sometimes the early wake ups, long train rides, and hours of work at school leave me wanting nothing more than to go home to recharge and come back rejuvenated another day. Unfortunately, home has not always been the best place for me to do this. Continue reading.
I’m afraid of everything. I’m afraid of the dark. I’m afraid of getting sick. I’m afraid of ghosts in my basement. I’m even afraid to eat my Grandma’s cooking – those expiration dates are there for a reason! Being home alone frightens me because I never know what could happen. A robber could break in. A tree could fall and crash through the roof. The electricity could go out and I could fall down the stairs in the dark. I was never afraid of elevators until I went on the Tower of Terror at MGM Studios. Now I’m afraid of ending up in the “Twilight Zone” instead of the hotel lobby. All of these fears paralyzed me for years and I was unable to fully enjoy life. View full.
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Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.