McCombs Essay Analysis 2016-17

McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin Essay Analysis 2016-17

Last updated on December 7th, 2016

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In this video we’re going to be looking at the McCombs School of Business. It’s based out of Texas, good location, but more importantly, a great Tech school. So in case you’re interested in technology or operations, this would be a great school for you to apply to.

We’ve had students who got into the school in the past and we’ve received positive reviews about the school.

Essay 1


The University of Texas at Austin values unique perspectives and cultivates a collaborative environment of distinct individual contributions. It is the first day of orientation. You are meeting your study group, comprised of five of your classmates from various backgrounds. Please introduce yourself to your new team, highlighting what drives you in your personal and professional life.Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.


Write an essay (250 words)


Share a video introduction (one minute)

This is probably the question that’s troubling you the most. You must be thinking, “Should I write an essay or should I shoot a video?”
There’s one thing that you need to understand. The medium of expression will not be used against you.
They’re not going to say, “Oh well, why did this guy write, why didn’t he shoot a video?” Or they’re not going to say, “Why did he shoot a video? Did he pick the easy way out?”
There will be enough people coming in to the class of 2019 by writing an essay as there would be people who would come in by shooting a video. So don’t stress too much on that. I’ve seen a lot of applicants stressing way too much.
Now coming specifically to what you need to say, both in the essay and in the video, the focus at McCombs is on team work. They have these group studies and they believe, a lot of value that you’ll derive from the MBA program, is from your peers rather than what happens inside the classroom.
So for that reason, this particular pitch has to be based not on what you’ve done, but based on what you can give them.
What is it that you bring to the table?
What are the transferrable skills?
It could be something very specific. For example, you know a particular technology or maybe you’re very good at creating a website.
However, you also need to talk about the personal aspects. Sometimes we tend to ignore that. So mention what it is personally that makes you interesting.
After watching the video or reading the essay, here is the question that you’re going to ask yourself, and maybe you get someone else to watch the video or read the essay and ask this: “Is this guy or girl interesting enough for me to meet”?
If they find you interesting to meet, trust me, your job is done. That is what you can do with these essays.

How do you make yourself interesting?

Pick one or two professional points and one or two personal points. The one-minute video, you probably have the chance to speak about just two qualities. The same way, in the 250-word essay, you have the chance to just pick two qualities.
So pick one professional and one personal out of an initial list 2-3. That’s how you need to go about the first essay.
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Essay 2


Based on your post-MBA goals and what drives you in your personal and professional life, why is the Texas MBA the ideal program for you and how do you plan to engage in our community? (500 words)

This essay is slightly traditional.
The whole idea is that your post-MBA goals have to be mentioned. Without that, you won’t be able to tell why a Texas MBA is ideal.
You also have to mention what drives you in your personal and professional life. People assume that this is given. This is however not given; it is something you have to state.
The structure for the 500 words:
1st 100 words: quickly summarize what you have done and quickly get to the point where you talk about your post-MBA goals.
Second, talk about why those MBA goals mean whatever they mean to you.
Why are you passionate?
Why is that goal the right goal for you?
Why are you the best person to meet that goal?
So the first paragraph, you talk about what your post-MBA goals are. In the second paragraph, mention why that goal, and what is it that you need to achieve that goal.
So not only have you talked about what the goals are, what makes you tick, what makes you get there, you also need to say what is it that is currently deficient that is not letting you meet those goals.
In the last paragraph, very specifically mention why McCombs’ program is the best program for you to meet those goals.
Now you have to talk a lot about how you plan to engage in the community, because if you look at the school, it’s a lot about being a tightly knit student community. So a lot of these student programs, a lot of these clubs are student-run.
What it means is that you need to volunteer. They need to see if you’re a giver.
Are you a person who has done something in the past?
What is it that you’ll do at McCombs?
What are the specific clubs that you’ll be interested in?
How will you participate?
So a lot of that can be written in these 500 words.
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Optional Statement:

Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)
It’s been given very specifically what you can include. If you don’t have anything to write about these things, please don’t attempt the question.
I hope you’re able to write a winning essay. In case you need any help, or you think we can give you feedback on your application, please let us know. We’ll be more than glad to help you in your journey.
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