However, others who would wish to speak out about pragmatism authoritatively would do well to go through the book from cover to cover.
And that is just where the fun begins. For those of you who define yourself in this essay by laying out a series of professional and personal professional accomplishments, you will most likely run out of meaningful things to say.
When I read misguided Stanford essays, I see it all the time. Stanford admissions has often said that no one can tell your story is genuinely as you can. I suppose writing it is another matter altogether. What Stanford wants to see is a person who genuinely discusses maturity and thus authenticity is key here why they did something, and what they learned from it.
It is not as simple as Stanford wanting "nice" people. You certainly have to be successful, as successful as anybody applying to Harvard, for example. It is just that Stanford really focuses on applicants who are actually successful because they are guided by an unwavering moral compass.
They want people who are successful professionally as a subset of being successful as a person. Do not get me wrong, HBS definitely vets the character of the people that they are admitting. But I would say that HBS believes the ultimate proof of what you bring to their table and future tables is in the pudding - what have you led, what have you accomplished, and it better be good, better than the rest.
Whereas Stanford GSB focuses first on the moral fabric of a person.
They believe it should never tear, and the truest test of that moral fiber is by overcoming obstacles that threaten to tear apart a person's values and beliefs. Now not everybody with excellent moral character will be eligible for a seat at Stanford GSB.
You cannot fake your values over the long-term, and that is who we are looking for. But I believe that GSB would argue "how can anybody really be successful in life, if their values are suspect? Because you may have the brains and intellectual horsepower to achieve the type of goal that ultimately changes the world in a positive way.
But do you actually want to do that? Or are you just writing some bullshit in your essays, trying to convince the reader you are the second coming of Mother Teresa? I believe that any applicant who thinks that they can pull this off trickery as rather unsophisticated.
I say this because I have seen a lot of Stanford essays. People who think they are too smart for their own good still try. I've been doing admissions consulting work since and I still see it all the time.
It is really hard to fake your way through words that require you to connect what you have achieved, to what you have learned, to a sense of purpose - among all the other things that GSB wants to see from you in writing. So what are some things you should think about when deciding to apply to Stanford?
I mean really challenged. What about your future goals?
Are they big, hairy and audacious goals? Can you state that you want to create change that has a significant impact in the world. Ya, holy shit is right. I mean anyone can state that they want to jump over the moon and solve world hunger. But are your goals rooted in your truest values and beliefs?
Not only must they be rooted in your truest values and beliefs, but you have to explain how those values and beliefs were formulated. I mean, you can show a long history of these goals developing, right?
Have you even been challenged in your life? I'm not talking about growing up poor or growing up with parents who did not love you enough.
I am sure many of you reading this have lost sleep over a tough decision. That is not good enough BTW. But have you lost friends, even family because you stuck to your moral compass? Have you had to give up your dream job to do the "right thing"?
I am not talking about being self-righteous, I am talking about having the right moral compass and sticking to that when shit hits the fan, and hits hard.
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