Mistake 4: Neglecting to highlight your positive impact.
The admissions committee will be looking for evidence that you have made a positive impact on the communities of which you’ve been a part, both personally and professionally. For example, highlighting community service in your essays can provide insight into the causes that drive you.
Admissions committees like to see results. To stand out, you need to provide hard proof that you made a difference and left indelible footprints. Try to quantify results in dollar amounts or percentages whenever possible. For example, if you organized a bike race that raised $6,000 for your cause, you want to highlight that concrete value.
One of our clients felt passionate about education for girls in the Middle East. In the spring before applying to business school, he co-launched a program that teamed up young professionals in New York with high school-aged girls in a Middle Eastern country to provide mentorship regarding possible career paths after their secondary education.
In his MBA applications, our client showed that he had raised a meaningful amount of money and the program started its inaugural year with six mentor/mentee pairs. This high-impact activity assisted him in his successful applications to Columbia Business School, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and Harvard Business School.
Seek out leadership opportunities in your existing activities or find an organization that can benefit from your management skills. Taking charge in your extracurricular interests is great material for any leadership, management, or teamwork-themed essay.