カテゴリー別アーカイブ: エッセイカウンセラー



1 As soon as you know that you are going to apply to business school, you can start to prepare in a low-stress way. Keep a notebook and jot down anything interesting that comes to mind. An inspiring lecture, a disappointing performance review, an enlightening conversation with a friend, a travel experience, running a marathon, a stimulating book—all of these can be terrific material for your essays. Don’t agonise over whether it will make a great topic, just jot it down. You will find that you quickly have a plethora of material to choose from.

2 As you begin to approach essay-writing time, consider putting together a “brag sheet”. Write down all of the things about you that would not necessarily appear on a résumé: languages you speak, all extracurricular involvements, family traditions and more. This can also be mined for essay content.
⇒Resumeを作る際には主に”Professional”, “Education”, ”Additional(課外活動等を記載するパート)”の項目欄を設定します。上述のFamily Traditionsに関しては、自分がどういった環境で育ってきたか?生活環境の(自らの)人格形成に対する影響(つながり)とを確認されてはいかがでしょうか。

3 Once you have the essay questions in hand, there may still be a few stumpers. Even with lots of content, when you are faced with answering a question such as “What matters most to you?” it is difficult to decide.
⇒”What the matters most to you”(エッセイ課題)への回答を書き纏めるには相応の時間を要します。この類の課題から着手することはお勧め致しません。まずは、Career Goal型のエッセイ課題より始めてはいかがでしょうか(以下の質問に対する自分の回答を書き出してみましょう)。

・Why attend a particular business school?
・What are your short-term and long-term goals?
・Why do you want an MBA?
・How will you contribute to this program?

4 Before you actually write the essays, take the final step of mapping out the general topics you will cover in each essay. As you map a topic to a question, check it off on a master list of stories you want to cover. This way, you can make sure that a given school is receiving all of your key stories, and that you are spreading out different stories across an application and not being repetitive.
⇒最も多くみられるミスは、「エッセイ課題に回答していない」ことです。たとえば、Professional Career Goalsを述べなければならないにも関わらず、個人的な目標(Personal Goals)へ言及する。または、そのGoalsを設定するに至った背景事情を長々と書き足してしまうケース(各エッセイ課題は字数が制限されていますのでご注意ください)。各課題で問われていることへ直接的な回答を書き述べていきましょう。

5 Everyone works in different ways: some work best first thing in the morning, others are night owls. Some need to outline concepts on paper, others go straight to computer. So develop a plan that supports your individual style. Many find that the first application can take around 40 hours of work—brainstorming, drafting, editing, refining. As you approach this process, make sure you have the time. Tackle one application at a go. Do not take work leave or attempt it in a single week. Essays require time to gel. Therefore make sure that you have plenty of time to do it right. You may require six weeks, or you may even want 12.

6 Many applicants are inhibited by perfectionism. They can sit at the computer for hours, unable to generate that “perfect” essay, rewriting so furiously that they don’t get past the first few sentences. It is often easier to edit than to write. So just type. A page full of so-so text is less intimidating than that blank page.

7 It is essential that you research your target schools and understand how to appeal to each of them. Each will have a slightly different ethos and look for something different in their students. But…

8 …you can also save yourself a bit of work. There are certain qualities that all business schools want to see in a successful applicant:

  • leadership
  • team skills
  • ethics
  • communication skills

Just saying “I am a strong leader” is not enough. Every claim you make must have supporting stories that help the reader believe you. You do not need to check off every quality on the list. Select a few that apply to you and reinforce those in an honest and compelling way.
⇒上記のstoriesは別名anecdotesとも呼びます。こうした具体的な実例を述べない限り、どれだけ形容詞を並べたとしても、自分が伝えたい自分像をAdmissions Officerと共有することは叶いません。

9 Nobody is perfect. The schools know this and you need to show them that you are realistic and self-aware. Revealing your humanity—in the form of quirks, weaknesses and flaws—can often help the admissions committee to like you. A story about how you learned from a failure, improved upon a weakness or struggled with challenges can be compelling. The other side of this is the ability to demonstrate that you can really benefit from the MBA degree. If you know everything already, an admissions committee may wonder why you want to return to school.

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your biggest accomplishment?
  • What is your biggest regret?
  • How have you failed in the past?

Failure (失敗経験)について言及する際にも、自分が置かれた状況下におけるFailureの定義、どうしてFailureが起こったのか?(経緯と分析)、そしてそのFailureから得たこと、その経験を今の仕事にどう生かしているか?(過去の経験を応用)といった側面を書き出すよう注力してください。

10 Get some help. Even the most meticulous writers benefit from a second or third set of eyes. Ask someone to review your essays, look for typos and tell you if you are hitting all of the points in the right way. Is your attempt at humour coming off correctly? Do you seem too humble, too cocky, too serious, not serious enough? After you have been buried with your essays for weeks, a fresh perspective can often help you see the application as an admissions-committee member does: for the first time. Enlist someone who knows about the application process and make sure they are not just reassuring you that all is well, but are actually giving you some quality feedback.
⇒一人で考える時間も大切ですが、時として第三者の意見を取り入れてみることも必要ではないでしょうか。上記でも”Fresh perspective”と述べられています。互いに意見交換をするプロセスを通して、新たな気づき発見等の機会を提供できるよう、私も相談者からの依頼と日々向き合っております。

【2018年入学用出願締め切り日】 University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza Schoolの出願締め切り日です。

◆Early Round
Application due: September  19, 2017
Decision released : by November 3, 2017

Round 1
Application due: October  17, 2017
Decision released : by December 15, 2017

Round 2
Application due: January 9, 2018
Decision released : by  March 9, 2018

◆Round 3
Application due: February 20, 2018
Decision released : by April 6, 2018

◆Round 4
Application due: March 17, 2018
Decision released :May 4, 2018

*Early Decision
The Early Round deadline is designed for applicants who are strongly commited to Notre Dame for their MBA. As such, Early Decision candidates are expected to withdraw their candidacy from other business schools, and will provide a non-refundable $4,000 deposit.

Dual Degrees
Application deadlines for the dual degree programs are the same as the traditional MBA deadlines.

International Applicants
International candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by the February 20th deadline at the latest




【2018年入学用出願締め切り日】 University of North Calorina (Kenan-Flagler)


Early Action (Round 1)
Application due: October  16, 2017
Decision released : by December 11, 2017

Round 2
Application due: December 4, 2017
Decision released : by January 29, 2018

◆Round 3
Application due: January 15, 2018
Decision released : by March 12, 2018

◆Round 4
Application due: March 12, 2018
Decision released : April 23, 2018

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application date. 

*If space is still available in the class, we will accept applications after the Round 4 deadline. Decisions on applications submitted after the Round 4 deadline will be released on a rolling basis.

Early Action

Our first cycle (deadline October 16, 2017) is the Early Action round. Early Action is an option for applicants who know for certain that they will attend UNC Kenan-Flagler if admitted. Early Action provides applicants with the certainty of learning their decision by December 11, 2017. Admitted applicants in the Early Action cycle will be required to submit a $3000 non-refundable enrollment deposit by January 8, 2018, in order to secure a space in the class (versus the regular deadline enrollment deposit of $1500). You should not apply for Early Action if you are not prepared to commit immediately to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler.


【2018年9月入学用出願締め切り日】 Georgetown (McDonough)

Georgetown, McDonough Schoolの締切日が発表されました。

Round 1
・Application due : October 10, 2017
・Decision released: December 20, 2017

◆Round 2
・Application due : January 5, 2018
・Decision released: March 25, 2018

◆Round 3
・Application due : April 2, 2018
・Decision released: May 15, 2018

◆Round 4
・Application due : May 1, 2018
・Decision released: June 1, 2018

All applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on the deadline day.

**Priority consideration deadline for all applicants. International students are also encouraged to apply by this round (Round 2) to allow sufficient time to secure a student visa.

MBA出願対策セミナー6/4 (土):Affinity英語学院・John Couke 共同開催

10年以上に渡って共にMBA出願指導の仕事を行ってきましたJohn Couke氏と、出願対策セミナーを今年も開催することが決まりました。2018年留学に向け、これから出願書類(レジュメ、エッセイ)の準備に取りかかる受験生の方々は奮ってご参加ください。



◆ 学校調査と出願校の選択

◆John Couke’s Presentation:

I’ll start with a brief introduction of myself. I then plan to discuss how to write compelling essays across one entire essay set. The Columbia MBA essay set has been released for 2017-18 and is fairly comprehensive, so I will use it as my example. Hope you are able to join us!




John Couke (MBA Admissions Counselor)

佐取 永基(Affinity英語学院副学院長:出願準備指導担当)





【2018年9月入学用エッセイ課題】 Yale School of Management

Yale School of Managementのエッセイ課題が発表されました。

Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words)

This will be our second year using this prompt, which we developed in collaboration with Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior here at SOM and one of the lead faculty in the core leadership courses within our integrated curriculum. In asking this question, the Admissions Committee is interested not just in the commitment itself but also in how you approach the commitment and the behaviors that support it.

【2018年9月入学用エッセイ課題】 Columbia Business School

Columbia Business Schoolのエッセイ課題がリリースされました。

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)

Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3 – 5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Essay #2: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)

Essay #3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)

a: Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.

b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 words)






受験勉強を開始するにあたり、飯島先生の学習カウンセリングをはじめに受講しました。本カウンセリングにてご指導いただい内容が私のMBA受験におけるキー・サクセス・ファクターだったと思います。私の英語学習歴やバックグラウンドからTOEFLではなく、IELTSを推奨いただきました。また、IELTSと並行してGMATの学習をすすめ、相互のシナジーがでるような学習スケジュールをご教示いただきました。結果として、IELTS初回受験OA5.5から約2ヶ月でOA7.0を取得し、GMATは10月の初回受験で670を取得、数校は秋ラウンドでの出願に駆け込むことができました。また、最終的にはIELTS受験6回目でOA7.5, GMAT受験3回目で680を取得でき、非常に効率よくスコアメイクすることができました。




私はOfficial Guideを読むことすらままならない状態でしたので、GMAT学習の初期段階からAffinityのクラスを活用し、CR, RC, SC全ての戦略クラスを受講しました。飯島先生も、内宮先生も、暗記ではなく体系的、論理的にアプローチするスタイルでしたので、GMAT学習の際は余計な頭のメモリを使わずに済みました。また、語源学習など英語そのものの理解を深めることも意識した内容で非常に頭に残りやすい授業でした。




5月3日(祝)にEd Leeさんと上記セミナーを実施することが決まりましたので、ご案内させていただきます。


・出願用書類(Resume, Essay, Recommendation,Test Score,GPA)の役割

Edogijuku Presentation:

・Developing a personal strategic framework for a winning application
・Crafting a winning resume – from good to great

・Importance of key words: action verbs & concrete nouns

・Resume styles/examples : HBS, MIT, Cambridge

  • Leveraging your strategic framework to build winning essays, recommendation letters, and interviews.
  • Growing importance of interviews/videos/discussions and other trends




Edward Lee(江戸義塾塾長)

佐取 永基(Affinity英語学院副学院長:出願準備指導担当)





・日程: Sunday, Mar. 12th

・時間: 1830-2030
・場所: PCM Tokia Building Marunouchi 1F http://www.cardinal-japan.com/restaurant/pcm/
・費用: 2500 yen