カテゴリー別アーカイブ: エッセイカウンセラー

【告知協力】江戸義塾 Kickoff Seminar開催 2/25 (日)

Ed Lee氏(Ed義塾代表)が主催するKick-off Sminarが以下の日時にて開催されます。
Edogijuku Kickoff Seminar

・Day: Sunday, Feb 25th
・Time: 1400-1600
・Place: Edogijuku Office
東京都港区南青山一丁目2番6号 ラティス青山スクエア2F#15
From Aoyama 1 Chome Station Exit 3 about 2 minutes
From Nogizaka Station it is about 10 minutes +/-
Tully’s Coffee is on the 1st floor of the building


1400-1500 *Edogijuku Introduction *Keys to the MBA application process

1500-1600 Guest Speakers (Stanford, LBS, CBS, Chicago, etc.)
*Highlights about their MBA application experiences


[Affinity英語学院 GMAT/GRE 年末集中講座]

              緊急企画 ~年末GMAT/GRE集中講座~

Affinity英語学院において、12/23(土)~12/27(水)の間、GMATとGREの集中講座を実施します。お申込み、お問い合わせは info@affinity-english.comまでお願いします。


(正規受講料 139,600円 → 割引後受講料 125,640円)

☆☆☆ (1) GMAT SC Intensive 6時間 × 2日間 ☆☆☆


12月23日(土)Set A: 15時-18時 & 19時-22時(6時間)

12月24日(日)Set B: 10時-13時 & 14時-17時(6時間)



・GMAT SCの問題演習、及びAffinityメソッドの解説を実施します。




☆☆☆ (2) GMAT RC Intensive 6時間 ☆☆

◎日程:12月25日(月)15時-18時 & 19時-22時(6時間)



・GMAT RCの問題演習、及びAffinityメソッドの解説を実施します。




☆☆☆ (3) GMAT CR Intensive 6時間 ☆☆☆

◎日程:12月26日(火)15時-18時 & 19時-22時(6時間)



・GMAT CRの問題演習、及びAffinityメソッドの解説を実施します。



☆☆☆ (4) GRE乗り換え対策セミナー 3時間☆☆☆











Dual-Degree Programs for Globally Minded Students

今秋より、アメリカ、カナダ、中国、そしてフランスの名門ビジネススクールによるdual-dregree programがスタートしました。より多くの国際経験を得る機会になるかもしれません。

This fall, five top business schools are launching the M2M, a portfolio of double degrees giving recent university graduates the opportunity to complete two master’s degrees by attending two top business schools in two different countries over two years.

This initiative is an effort by leading business schools on multiple continents to meet the demands of a globalized economy and provide future business leaders with a distinctive learning experience that will accelerate their careers.


The M2M programs are a collaboration among five schools: FGV Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, HEC Paris, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (HKUST), Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia, and the Yale School of Management (Yale SOM).

The five participating schools are all members of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a network of top business schools committed to educating global leaders through collaboration and innovation.

Six M2M double degrees are available as of September 2017 for student applications: FGV-Yale, HEC-FGV, HEC-HKUST, HEC-Yale, HKUST-Yale, and Sauder-Yale. After they complete both academic years, students will graduate with two master’s degrees, one from each school they attended. Graduates will be alumni of both schools and will have access to the schools’ career resources.

This innovative program gives ambitious students an unparalleled advantage by grounding them in the distinctive academic cultures and approaches of two top business schools in different countries, while preparing them for global roles. Students get the chance to study alongside peers from all continents with diverse experiences. They will benefit from curricular and extracurricular collaborations among the schools, highly personalized career services, and the networks of two global business schools.

David Bach, Deputy Dean at Yale SOM, says that the M2M is all about choice: “Whatever pathway students choose, young leaders who are interested in having impact throughout their careers will quickly develop skills that set them apart in the global marketplace, while building a deep network of like-minded peers around the world. The world needs more globally minded leaders, not fewer, and with this initiative we seek to positively impact organizations confronting challenging issues at the nexus of business and society.”

Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris, says, “The innovation here is to go to the market with a range of world class academic partners sharing joint admission processes and aiming at recruiting together a significant number of students. We are convinced that this offer meets the demand of growing numbers of extremely talented and globally-mobile students who target prestigious double degree programs as passports for international careers.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Communication/Landing-Pages/M2M-Progra

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis LL,Mプログラムの出願締切日です。

■ General LL.M.
All materials must be submitted by May 15.**
**Admissions are on a rolling basis, meaning we consider applications as they are completed. Candidates are considered for admission up to 14 months prior to beginning study on campus. Therefore, we strongly recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.

■ Intellectual Property and Technology Law

All materials must be submitted by May 15.**
**We strongly recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.
Need-based and credit-based loans are available to full-time students who meet the federal requirements. Merit-based scholarships are also available.


今年1月よりLondon Business School (Sloan Program)に留学中の長原正樹さんが「受講体験記」を執筆くださいました。

受講生の皆様はじめまして。私は現在London Business SchoolのSloan Programに参加しておりまして、昨年12月に渡英して以来、早9ヶ月経過致しました。ロンドンで最終インタビューを受けたのが丁度去年の今頃で、不安とプレッシャーに押し潰されそうになりながら、ものすごくタフな精神状態が続いた時期をまるで昨日のことのように思い出します。体験談を書こうと思ってからかなり時間が経ってしまい、今更どうかなあと悩みつつも、今このタイミングでこそお伝えできることがあるのではと思い、勇気を振り絞って?!筆を取らせて頂きました。

私の受験対策は全てアフィティにお任せしました。初回は佐取先生との面談からスタート、ビックピクチャーを共有し、合格までのスケジュールや個別の作戦を詳細に練っていきました。飯島先生とは何度も面談を実施し、個別に学習プログラムを策定して頂きました。飯島先生が日頃から仰っていることではありますが、IELTSや GMATおよびエッセイ、インタビューに至るまで戦略は個々人によってそれぞれ異なります。やり方は一様でないですし、目指すプログラムやターゲットスコアによって違うはずです。例えば私の場合、TOEFLよりIELTSを選ぶべきであったり、GMATであれば苦手なCRは全部捨ててRCは全部解き、できるだけ全問正解を目指す、でもSCは頑張ってトータルで最低限のスコアを目指す。はたまたIELTSやGMATが芳しくない場合、エッセイやインタビューに重点を置く等、私が目指す職歴が長いミッドキャリア向けSloan Programならではの対策にフォーカスをすることで進めていきました。



人によっては非常に長期にわたる受験生活。心が折れる瞬間は幾度もなく訪れます。でも皆さんには留学をしようと決断した、その志(こころざし)が必ずあるはずです。その志をどうか忘れずに。必ず道は開けますので。  あと、大丈夫です、入ってからの方がもっと強烈に大変ですから(笑)。ちょっと現実的な話になりますが、リスニングの勉強はしてもしすぎることはありません。逆に私みたいにリスニングがイマイチなまま留学に行くと本当に大変ですよ!読む書く話すは(最終的には)何とかなりますが、聞けないことには何もできません。それだけ本場の英語環境は予想以上に過酷だし、日本人MBAのサバイバルな環境ではリスニングができないのは致命傷です。合格する前も合格した後もリスニングの準備は余念無く!


The way
Every person has a path to follow.
It widens, narrows, climbs and descends.
There are times of desperate wanderings.
But with courageous perseverance and personal conviction, the right road will be found.
This is what brings real joy.



==============================                                                                                                       社費留学が10月に決まり、スコアメイク;3ヶ月半、書類作成準備;1ヶ月半と限られた時間でのMBA受験準備となりました。短い受験準備期間にも関わらず、合格を勝ち取れたのは、Affinity英語学院の先生方の適確なご指導のおかげであり、大変感謝しております。以下に、簡単ではありますが、私の合格体験記を記載させて頂きます。

学習・留学カウンセリングを受講。ご相談の上、IELTS/GMAT受験を選択し、試験受験日を確定。派遣元企業との繋がりの強いA校を目指すことにする(目安 IELTS;7.0, GMAT;550-600)。SCクラスを受講すると伝えたにも関わらず、飯島先生よりクラスを受ける必要はない、GMATのSCは全てランダムクリックで、MATH/SC/RCに集中して受験するという大胆な戦略を提案頂く。半信半疑でしたが、Prepを提案通りに受験し、600が出た為、飯島先生の戦略に従い初回受験することとする。10月はIELTS対策中心で、GMATはMATHとRCから対策を進める。

IELTS(1回目): 7.0。GMAT受験に専念することにする。CR対策も始めると共に、OGを解き始める。CRの問題タイプを習得することにより、CRを得意科目と感じられるようになる。

GMAT(1回目): 570点(SCランダム)。他校への出願も視野に、再度GMAT受験することにする。SC戦略クラスを受講し、短時間(1分15秒程度/問)+省エネでSCを解く術を学ぶ。

GMAT(2回目): 650点。SCをあっさり解くという、飯島先生の戦略に従い、実力以上の点数を獲得。
Essay(A校向け), Resume作成を本格化。MBAとは何か?さえも十分理解していなかった自分にとって佐取先生とのカウンセリングで今までのキャリアやWhy MBA?を深堀出来、納得のいくEssayを書き上げる。

・2/B: A校Interview → 2/E: A校合格。2/B: Indiana大学、その他1校をVisit。Essay(Indiana大学向け)を作成。

・3/B: Indiana大学Interview → 4/E: 合格



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.