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Welcome to the second installment in our video series with myself (Kaneisha Grayson) and our most experienced consultant, Judy Kugel!

In this video, Judy and I discuss how to make your application essays stand out using techniques such as to show (as opposed to tell) your story.

Disclaimer:

Judy does NOT work at Harvard Kennedy School anymore. Please do not contact her directly with requests to review your application material.

A common issue in unsuccessful applications is that the essays miss the opportunity to tell an engaging story. Instead of using vivid descriptions to recreate their most formative experiences, many applicants fall back on writing a list of their accomplishments in their essays.

In order to help their applicants understand that they want to hear a story rather than a list of accomplishments, MIT Sloan prompted applicants to incorporate what they thought, felt, said, and did into their essays. I’ve named this framework the Juicy Story Framework.

The Juicy Story Framework:

1. Thought

Describing your inner dialogue and decision-making processes shows how you approach challenges.

2. Felt

How did you feel at various points throughout the story?

3. Said

Including dialogue from your experience can bring your story to life.

4. Did

What actions did you and other characters take and why?

It’s important to keep in mind that this is not necessarily an ordered list and each of these elements could fit in many places throughout an application essay.

Finally, don’t forget to include what you learned from the experience. This is a great way to bring the story together and return the committee’s attention to your present and future goals.

For more essay tips, and to see an actual essay reviewed by our consultants, read the full post at http://taoa.co/blog

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