It definitely means going beyond the obvious.
Nowhere is “don’t tell us what you think we want to hear” more applicable than in your MBA essays for the Stanford GSB.
If we read one more Stanford essay about “what matters most is helping people” then we’re gonna scream (j/k. if that’s what you wrote we’re happy to read it!! and then we’ll tell you why you maybe want to rethink things).
Authenticity is key in how you present yourself in your MBA essays. But how do you get to the truly authentic?
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