Yale SOM is more than just about a single detail or a high grade. It’s about the big picture, which includes not only your work and volunteer experience, but also who you are as a person and how everything fits together. In your essays, show the school that you can and will change the world, and that you can do so through business while keeping in mind a social mission….all without trying too hard to impress.
Show that you can fit into Yale’s intimate program, and how Yale’s strengths in consulting, nonprofit and finance will help further your career. Also, showing Yale that they are your first choice and proving it with deep knowledge about the school, its program, and people can go a long way to make a convincing argument.
Avoid Name Dropping
You can’t fake it ’til you make it at Yale, so avoid dropping names to prove your knowledge of the program. The adcom is gonna see right through that. If you want to impress the adcom (and that’s exactly what you want to do) really get in there and know the program intimately. The school wants people that want to be a part of their community (whether that is the IB community, the social sector, etc) so speak in GREAT and authentic detail to why it is the place for you.