What, if anything, might be seen as a risk to your candidacy?

We have seen candidates overcome any number of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, from very low GMAT scores to arrests for drunk driving. We always encourage applicants to address such issues in a “short and sweet” manner (completing optional essays well within word limits), and time has proven that this strategy can yield results. However, you should not take a minimalist approach and present only the problem itself, such as simply noting that you have a low quantitative GMAT score and declaring that you feel it does not represent your abilities—the admissions committee already knows your results from your score report, and merely expressing your dissatisfaction with the score does not give the school any more information with which to evaluate you. Instead, offer the admissions committee evidence that despite the low score, you truly have the quantitative skills to succeed in business school, and demonstrate that you can indeed contribute via your quantitative abilities.

What might make you seem like an undesirable applicant?

Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history.


How can you minimize that risk?

Was your GPA significantly below 3.0 for part or all college?

Business Schools give you an option to write an additional essay so that you can provide more information about you that you could not tell in your previous essays. The only rule is that this information should be the one that can enhance your candidacy, and not ruin it.


At [MBA PROGRAM], I will be able to manage my time more effectively.

If your GPA does not show your academic potential, you might want to write something like this, “Here’s why my GPA was sub-par, and here’s what I’ve done to confirm my time management skills and academic competence. ”

... you are repeating yourself.

1. What is the purpose of an optional essay?
2. Is optional essay actually optional?
3. What if other candidates write an optional essay and I don’t?
4. What do I write in an optional essay when I have already written so much about myself in my previous essays?
5. Can I address only my in an optional essay?

... you are telling the AdCom something they do not want to hear.

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How to write an optional essay?

My current employer, COMPANY NAME #2, consists of only four members. My responsibilities are therefore significant enough that telling them I plan to leave the company might adversely affect my working environment.

Three things that you must consider before writing this essay:

Generally business schools give you word limits for writing essays but if the are not mentioned, don’t go overboard by writing endlessly. A 300-400 words are good enough to provide relevant facts supported by real life experiences/anecdotes to write a good optional essay.