1. Short Answer Essays:
Please respond to the following two essay prompts:
a. My favorite part of my work is… (250 words maximum)
It will be worth checking out the admission criteria at Booth while you are sharing what engages you at work and takes you to office each day. Don’t get tempted to write about your accomplishments at work. You might want to freeze one or two skills/traits that you want to highlight and tell a story around that. Read more about Booth’s culture and let the school know how you are a good fit, given your work profile and interests.
b. I started to think differently when… (250 words maximum)
Booth likes applicants with intellectual curiosity and ability to think critically. While keeping this in mind, think about why do you stick to your thoughts and what takes you to change? The school wants to know how you think and what influences your thought process. It would be nice if you can outline the factors that changed your thinking and how that change made a difference to your personality/vision/company…
2. Presentation/Essay: The Chicago experience will take you deeper into issues, force you to challenge assumptions, and broaden your perspective. In a four-slide presentation or an essay of no more than 600 words, broaden our perspective about who you are. Understanding what we currently know about you from the application, what else would you like us to know?
This is the kind of flexibility an applicant needs – one can chose the format, the message, the story/ies and hence the impact.
First thing first – you have to decide if a presentation would work for your message or a written essay. Also consider your strengths – either you an effortless writer or your forte is creativity and engaging presentations. You have already said things in your application, which you do not want to repeat here. You have to think and re-think to find the pieces which you think are interesting enough to appeal the adcom and showcase the aspects of your candidacy which need to be conveyed but have not been captured yet.