THE 2016 HARBUS MBA ESSAY GUIDE IS HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL’S UNOFFICIAL COMPILATION OF 37 CURRENT ESSAYS WRITTEN BY STUDENTS ADMITTED TO THE HBS CLASS OF 2018. THESE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN GENEROUS ENOUGH TO SHARE THEIR ESSAYS IN THE HOPE THAT OTHERS BENEFIT FROM IT. WE’VE ALSO INCLUDED MORE BIO INFORMATION, ADVICE FROM THE AUTHORS AND INDIVIDUAL, STUDENT-WRITTEN ANALYSIS OF EACH ESSAY TO HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS, BREAKING DOWN THE VARIOUS APPROACHES AND STYLES THAT EACH ESSAY SHOWCASES.
THE INTENTION OF THIS BOOK IS TO SERVE AS A GUIDE AND INSPIRATION AS YOU FIND THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS YOUR VISION, GOALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS (YOUR “STORY”) TO THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE.
THE HARBUS APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR STUDENT-RUN, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, AND WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR NOT SHARING THE ESSAY GUIDE’S CONTENT WITH THOSE WHO HAVE NOT MADE THEIR OWN PURCHASE. AS A NONPROFIT, WE RELY ON THE PROCEEDS FROM OUR ADMISSIONS PRODUCTS, LIKE THIS, TO KEEP OUR SMALL – BUT MIGHTY – ORGANIZATION AFLOAT. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE HARBUS, A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT.
HBS student testimonials:
“I used the Harbus Essay Guide during my application process. It was very helpful to see how HBS students tell their respective stories in a compelling manner. After reading the essays, I was empowered to tell my story in my own voice – I was no longer worried about what sounded “correct.” I wish I had read the book earlier in the process, it would have made life less painful.” – Charles Mokuolu, Class of 2017
“I found the Harbus Essay Guide super useful in driving home the point that there was no one right answer to a successful HBS application. I needed to be my most authentic self, which in hindsight, was the most important piece of advice!” – Member of the Class of 2016
“I found the Essay Guide very helpful in making me understand the kind of essays expected of me. There is a lot of information out there regarding ‘good MBA essays’ in general, but hard to find correct information on HBS specific ones – what to highlight and how to make them crisp and impactful. The Essay Guide serves as a good tool to continually benchmark your own essay against.” – Harshit Gupta, Class of 2015