An Introduction to MIT Supplemental Essays

We all are aware that Round 2 of top US B-Schools deadlines are around the corner. Our experts thoroughly explore the “MIT Supplemental Essays.” Crafting cover letters is integral to career development at Sloan, making it worthwhile to commence this practice early on.

At this peak hour and rush, we don’t want you to remain baffled as there is always a “?” as to what narrative to build, what USPs to show, which stories to pick in the applications (as every achievement you have had or the impact you create or see as worthful might not be the same for adcoms). 

Here is a quick guide on MIT Supplemental Essays, highlighting dos and don’ts for the cover letter, resume, and video statement. Additionally, you’ll find tips on addressing short answer questions and navigating the reapplication process, all aimed at capturing the attention of the admissions team.

If you’d like personalized, honest, and in-depth feedback on your profile and essays, feel free to book a 1:1 Profile evaluation with our profile experts (students and alums in the top 10 B-Schools).  

Without any further ado, let’s get rolling!

Before you commence, it’s crucial to note that MIT doesn’t rely solely on essays; undoubtedly, a commendable GMAT score enhances your selection prospects. However, an exceptional cover letter, resume, and video statement play a pivotal role in setting you apart from the competition, even with a strong test score.

1) Cover Letter

We strongly advise you to avoid traditional introductions like ‘My name is,’ ‘I’m seeking a place, etc., as they have already gone through 1000s of applications; beginning with this, they will likely be asleep before even starting. So why waste your precious word count with such an obvious introduction? Instead, open your statement with impressive words that can grab the attention of adcoms.

The overarching purpose of a cover letter is for applicants to showcase their candidacy through effective self-marketing, thereby distinguishing themselves from others. Utilizing the STAR approach can be instrumental in persuading the adcom that your background aligns uniquely with MIT Sloan, generating interest and attention. Applicants can write up to 300 words, roughly three short paragraphs where the focus should be largely on who they are and, what they have accomplished so far, any leadership opportunity, international exposure, any impact created on society, and post-MBA goals(How to frame practical post MBA goals essays?). Also, mention that you are a multifaceted individual who can add an interesting new element to the next incoming class and how you will be an asset to their institutions. With such a limited length, all points must be concise yet informative.

The key tip is to be authentic. Do not even think to brag, as the committee evaluating your profile has evaluated thousands of applicants for tens of years. It’s better to have only a few things than to exaggerate things. 

2) Resume

Remember, “An MBA resume is not the same as a job resume.”

Generally, a resume is expected to be within the range of 1-2 pages, encompassing comprehensive details of your prior experiences. Nevertheless, delving into the technicalities of someone’s professional journey can be overwhelming. Hence our experts suggest that to stand out, your resume should-

Reflects you as a very strong leader who greatly impacts the organizations s/he has worked for. 

Ensure a strong alignment with the specific attributes and qualities that each of your target schools seeks in your professional journey.

Bring strong coherence to the narrative you are building in your essays.

The above 3 require a good brainstorming phase on your application and a strong understanding of MIT. 

To help you create a strong application, be a part of our coffee chat which we do every alternate week, where you can have a chance to talk to alums of top B-schools and clear all your doubts and know your future classmates! 

3) Video Statement

In your video statement, present yourself to the prospective college with a vibrant display of your personality and confidence. It’s essential to follow the school’s guidelines before incorporating the tips we’ll provide.

No more than 1 minute (60 seconds) in length

Single take (no editing)

Speaking directly to the camera

Do not include background music or subtitles

We acknowledge the eagerness and concern surrounding video essays, yet the school’s goal is not to intimidate you. Instead, they aim to witness your dynamic personality and enthusiasm expressed through a virtual medium. Let’s be real! In just a minute, you can break or make your chances, so be ready for days for this 1 minute. 😉

The best advice is to represent yourself and not ideal. Being natural and less rigid will gain you a seat. Do not try to say the “right hings in the video. The topic is “You,” one you know very well. 

Most of the applicants fail to bring this authentic personality. Check out our unique process to help applicants get the most genuine personality and create their brand in applications.

A effective strategy is to envision meeting someone for the first time at an event. Naturally, individuals aim to capture the interest of others. The best approach is to share information about your achievements, sources of pride, exciting experiences, and aspirations. Take a moment to offer a glimpse into your personality, revealing what makes you truly unique.

Sometimes taking different routes will give you the right perspectives, which you may not be aware of. In this task, you can take help from your close ones to describe you and their feelings about your best qualities and skills. Jot down the points and create combinations that will benchmark your personality in their minds. 

It’s crucial to avoid simply memorizing and reciting your cover letter and resume. Self-analysis of your video content is equally important to prevent it from becoming monotonous and creating a negative impression. Refrain from merely praising the curriculum; your reasons for wanting to join should already be outlined in your cover letter. We are confident that within that minute, you can convey more facets of your personality, so make the most of every second.

Also, the basic advice is to speak clearly. To give the best shot, generally, you might tend to speak fast, but do not mistake this as it will be a waste if they don’t understand what you spoke.  

4) OPTIONAL SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

First & Foremost- IT’S AN OPTIONAL ESSAY. 

This is the part where many applicants struggle with the decision of whether to write one or not. Trust the admission committee or our guidance; it’s not a trick. They aim to provide an opportunity for applicants to share more about themselves based on the question.

To understand if you should attempt it-

See if there are any substantial gaps in your profile (for ex- low GPA/GMAT, low work-ex, gaps in work experience, etc.)

If there are no substantial gaps, look for the intangible ones. The tricky ones! To address this, it’s essential to have your application reviewed by individuals who comprehend the specific qualities these schools seek, such as consultants, students, or alumni of the target school.

5) REAPPLICATION

Once again, MIT offers a valuable opportunity. If you have enhanced your academic score, achieved a promotion, engaged in a new and exciting project, increased community involvement, or faced a personal challenge, consider submitting new application materials. Emphasize the positive changes since your last application to demonstrate your commitment, belief in continuous improvement, and aspiration to evolve into an ideal candidate for Sloan. This approach is likely to leave a lasting impression on the admissions committee.

We have covered the dos and don’ts of “MIT Supplemental Essays.” We know you can crack this and grab that seat at MIT, but taking a second opinion is always worth considering. If you need an upper hand, our team is always there to show you the right direction. 

We offer a limited number of complimentary profile evaluations each week to maximize your chances. We match you with the students and alums of top B-Schools according to your background and target schools. In this call, the experts will try to dig out your USP for top B-schools and provide you with honest feedback on your profile and chances to your target schools.

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