You should be writing essays! To support you in that, this week we’re dedicating the blahg to posts about writing. This will be a fairly random assortment of tips and tricks for putting together a strong MBA application essay. We’ll start at the end.
Essays have three parts: Intro, body, conclusion.
It’s like a dog: Head, body, tail.
All dogs have all those things. Even the dogs with little nubs of a tail where when they shake their tail they’re actually shaking their whole butt and wiggling a lot because they only have a nub of a tail because it got docked or they’re some breed with a tiny tail … they still have a tail.
When a dog is happy to see you then it wags its tail. When it wags its tail you smile.
When your reader gets to the end of your essay you want them to smile.
Give them a conclusion to make them smile.
Don’t just end your essay at the body. Because then they get there and they’re like, “Hey! What happened! I thought there was going to be a tail here!”
We think you’ll agree with this guy: Tails are worth having!
You don’t want your reader to be reading along and then… fall off a cliff.
Essays should not just stop.
Essays need a conclusion.
Otherwise your reader is left with the sense that, “Darn it, something’s missing!” (Kinda like with the title to this post, right? 😉 See what we did there? hahaha)
PS: You’ll note that we also suggested you leave your reader something to “make them smile” at the ending? You also don’t want to end your essay on a negative. Remember, that’s the last impression that they’re going to have of you. Make it a good one.
Check back tomorrow for another WRITING WEEK! post. If you just can’t wait and want more
procrastination material inspiration now, here’s this from the Snark’ives. Good luck with your essay-writing this week, Brave Supplicant!
update: Here’s post #2! Reduce the Fluff Factor