This is not from a bschool admissions process, but it’s about a competitive admissions process just the same. Worth reading (listening to). From NPR, on how Amherst makes their decisions.
In discussing one applicant’s essay, the Dean said, “I’m troubled by one sentence in the first essay: ‘I rarely get truly fascinated with a subject.’ And then he goes on – music is his exception. What am I supposed to do with that?
We know what the kid meant, but do you see how it comes across? People, be careful. These mistakes are easy to make.