ISB over the years has had pretty much the same essay topic, deadlines and process. However, this year’s different, the deadlines have been preponed by a month for both rounds and the topic for the first essay has changed.
So all the wisdom available online about approaching the first ISB essay isn’t going to help you. What just might help you, is this article. Read on to find out how to approach this year’s ISB essay.
The exact essay topic goes as follows, “At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same?”
And the engineers are weeping, because we(yes I am an engineer too) routinely get bashed for not scoring enough diversity points owing to the overwhelming number of engineers who apply to ISB every year. But hey, don’t cry, your undergrad major isn’t the only thing that constitutes diversity. So the obvious question here is what constitutes diversity?
The way I see it, diversity relates more to the way your thought processes work than where you come from, or what your undergrad major was. When ISB says diversity enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience, it’s primarily because of the intermingling of various thought processes(of the students), that each by itself may not be perfect but then when they clash, they optimize. When a group of students from different thought schools come together, as a study group or as sectionmates, more often than not, what emerges is a new thought process that is a much more evolved version of each of the participants original thought process.
It is very important to understand the above, and if you’re still not clear on the same feel free to get in touch with me for further clarity. But anyone who understands the above sees the essay in a new light. The essay doesn’t have to be a laundry list of diversity points that you can come up with, instead it has to be a window into your thought process and how it came out to be this way.
Trace the earliest beliefs you had and how they have changed over the years, more often than not you need a person, a book or a movie with a radically different thought to change yours and if you think you are mature now as an individual, you owe it to these thought provoking instances in your life.
That brings me to the content that has to be there in this essay, essentially three sections, a window into how you think(diversity right here), how you developed that mindset and how your thought process can be a take away for your peers at ISB(should you get that elusive convert).
Hope this helped, to reach out to me write to firstname.lastname@example.org, mention the subject as “Diversity Essay ISB”, don’t forget to include your linkedin profile link and phone number.