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At Kellogg we recognize that applying to business school is a time and labor-intensive process that requires a lot of care and consideration, as well as hours of test prep, interviewing and essay writing. We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week we are offering a few suggestions on how you can help us best understand who you are and why you want Kellogg to become a part of your future.

Today’s topic: Essays

Additional topics: Test scoresletters of recommendationvideo essays and the interview

The essays are your opportunity to talk directly to the admissions committee and tell your story. Since this is about you and your experiences, there’s no right or wrong answer. The essays provide color about who you are and the important things in your background. We want to know what you’ll be adding to our Kellogg community, and contributing in our Kellogg classroom, so it’s really important to be yourself. Don’t worry about trying to say what you think we want to hear.

It’s also important to answer the question that’s been asked, in a way that lets us know you’re writing with Kellogg in mind, rather than say recycling a generic essay you’re submitting multiple places. Some applicants have a second reader look over their essay and guess what the prompt was to be sure their answer is as focused and relevant as possible.

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For more information about Kellogg’s applications components, visit our website.