"Your first draft, you try to get the information out. Your second draft, you refine it. You let it sit for a day at the least, maybe a couple of days, and then you go back and refine it again," says Royal.
5. Learn to edit yourself: "It's pretty much a line exercise," says Royal, who graduated from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago. He encourages applicants to take a pen and check off "all-star sentences" that are necessary for the essay. Anything without a check mark can go.
Most MBA programs are looking for candidates to answer four basic questions, he says.
"It all boils down to have you told the admissions committee who you are, where you're going, what have you done and why our particular school is the right fit for you?"
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