Michigan Ross Deadlines, Essays & Analysis, Recommendation Letter Questions (Class of 2015, Starting Fall 2013)
2. Describe your career goals. How will an MBA from Ross help you to achieve those goals? (300 word maximum)
3. Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What advice would you give to a colleague who was dealing with a similar situation? (500 word maximum)
Analysis: There are two possible approaches to this essay, depending on your interpretation of the words “frustrated” and "disappointed". If by these words you mean a "failure" from which you learned something important and which led to success the next time, then a typical “failure” essay could work well here. If you overcome your initial frustration and disappointment on the way to success, then you’re looking at a typical “leadership/accomplishment” essay, with a particular focus on the obstacles that were dragging you down. In either case, the topic has to come from your professional life, which may be good or bad depending on your situation. We like the analytical component of the essay in the form of advice to a colleague, since it forces you to think concretely about how you would apply the lessons from your experience more broadly.
4. What are you most passionate about and why? How will this passion positively impact Ross (300 word maximum)