Essay Analysis: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Admissionado's detailed take on this year's Haas application essays

We have a number of changes from Haas this year, though the application remains short and fairly traditional. One interesting element of these prompts is their shared focus on what’s “meaningful,” a word that appears in both mandatory prompts.

Haas is looking for something more than a dead-eyed investment banker-type with a passion for raking in the Benjamins… they would prefer a dead-eyed investment banker-type with a passion for raking pebbles in Zen gardens. Or, even better, anyone who has clear, deep motivations for attending Haas.

If your goals and past experiences are not meaningful to you, how can the adcom be sure you won’t burn out at Haas or later on?  Once you understand the logic behind the focus on “meaningfulness,” this application is easily unlocked. Let’s dive in:

UC Berkeley Haas Essay Analysis 2018-19.

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