Today we’re going to go over some attributes in common with all strong MBA essays. Premium content starts here… ———– ———– Premium content ends. It doesn’t matter if you have a 770 GMAT and you work at McKinsey, if you don’t do a good job in telling the adcom who you are and…
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I know your thoughts on TMI, if it’s something you won’t say in a job interview, then it’s not appropriate for your essay. But what if you have this ‘What makes you, you?’ essay and you’ve had a turbulent upbringing that has shaped you as a person. Could you still disclose it, or would that be inappropriate?
My point is, adding that story would make it natural and flowing, but with the added risk of saying too much. Deleting it or choosing another topic might make the essay bland and disconnected, but safe.
@Pru, it sounds like you answered your own question: If the story fits naturally into the essay, then absolutely. And if it’s the real answer to the question, then that trumps everything – yes go with it. There’s always a way to touch delicately on sensitive topics. If handled the right way, then no problem.