Just a quick reminder that round 1 application deadlines for the full-time MBA program are less than a month away. You can find all deadlines online at http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/fall2008.html
Everybody here at Haas knows that the application process can be stressful at times. It is definitely worth it, however. If you are still working on your application of haven’t even started yet, here is some personal advice:
- Manage your recommenders: Writing a good letter of recommendation takes time. You should give your recommenders the chance to actually take that time by alerting them well in advance, informing them about your plans to go to business school. It definitely helps to sit down with them and talk about why you want to get an MBA and why you want to go to Haas.
- Think about a coherent story: Every essay gives you room to convey your story and your strengths to the school. Before you actually start writing tailored essays, think about why you want to go to school, what you want to do after school and what your strengths are. Then try and find stories and situations that demonstrate your strengths and the way you work. Having done all that, it will be much easier for you to actually attack the essay questions.
- Get to know us: Visit Haas, talk to alumni, go to an information session, get in touch with the Haas Student Ambassadors, and of course read the blogs. Not only will this help you write more compelling essays, it will also give you a much better feel for the spirit at Haas.
Best of luck to all of you.