We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when you’re applying to business school, you MUST write your application essays yourself. As in, develop your own ideas and put ’em on paper. Do NOT hire someone to write them for you. Do NOT lift ’em off some shady site on the interwebs. You won’t get the results you’re hoping for. Especially if what you’re hoping for is an admit to b-school.
Need some convincing? Try this one for size:
A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek reported that 63 MBA applicants at Penn State and UCLA were rejected this past application round due to plagiarized essays. 63! And 50 cases of plagiarism are also suspected at Northeastern. Even more, those numbers are expected to increase in the next round.
The adcoms are not dummies, folks, and they’re getting savvier every day. So… don’t be a dummy?
Now, you may think to yourself, “But I’m a terrible writer,” or “My English isn’t good enough.” Neither of those are reasons to steal someone else’s stuff. At the end of the day, the most important thing for the adcom is that you’re genuine, and that you demonstrate your abilities, your successes, how you think, and your drive to accomplish your future goals. None of that will come through if you don’t write your essay yourself. You can only do that with your own, personal, specific voice.
Getting into b-school isn’t easy, but it’s not supposed to be. So, don’t try and take the easy way out. Because that’s only going to get you kicked out of the running, like those 63+ other boneheads.
By the way, need some help writing those essays? Start here: The Admissionado MBA Essay Writing Guide.