Friday, September 01, 2006

Making and Breaking

These essays are definitely the most intersting part of the application. I finished my first drafts for INSEAD about a week back. Think I did a pretty decent job with them. Have spent the past week in getting them edited from friends, listening to their views and incorporating relevant suggestions. Parallely, the outline for the next set of essays has been drawn.

Personally, I am enjoying writing those 'out of the box' essays much more. Kellogg's are one of the better set of essays when it comes to giving the applicant space over what to write and where. I am a bit confused over the word limit here though. Not sure how much is too much. Guess I am ok as long as I weave a meaningful story.

As the essay evolves, my opinions about my application keep changing. The beginning is always optimistic when you think you have so much to write and so less space. Then comes the rigour phase, where you try to fit in the right words at the right places - suspecting you might miss something vital. After a lot of ups and downs, the essay finally takes a shape, only for your friend to tell you this is actually not quite as polished as you think it is! Next, you start editing, and showing it to present students and alumni. Their suggestions are always the most valuable as they've been there, done that! The Clearadmit blogs seem to be good help to know if you are going in the right direction or not.

After all these makings and breakings, i just hope the application reflects my personality well!

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