This year’s MBA application questions for NYU Stern include this:
Essay 1: Change: _________ it
(350 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)
In today’s global business environment, the only constant is change. Using NYU Stern’s brand call to action, we want to know how you view change. Change: _____ it. Fill in the blank with a word of your choice. Why does this word resonate with you? How will you embrace your own personal tagline while at Stern? Examples:
Change: Dare it.
Change: Dream it.
Change: Drive it.
Change: Empower it.
Change: Manifest it.
Change: [Any word of your choice.]
What are you supposed to do with THAT?!?
If you’re tempted to use a swear word to fill in the blank, today’s post should hopefully open up some ideas for you.
(Pro Tip: Even if you’re not planning on applying to Stern, we have some universal tips here, too! That are likely going to be applicable to other schools as well.)
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Sadly, the Stern Essay Guide we have available is still the 2020 version, and has not yet been updated for 2021 — thus this post as a way to play catch-up and help those of you trying (thanks to the BSer who asked about Stern and prompted us to provide this for all of you!). Now that you’ve read our highlights here today, you might consider also picking up the full application guide, as it still has plenty of useful information about what Stern focuses on and what they care about, and how to handle the other parts of the Stern MBA application.