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As I've mentioned elsewhere in this forum, I'm trying to get my stuff together so I can start on my MBA next semester. I've pretty much decided on my local private school as my top choice, and several reputable distance programs as alternates. I took the GMAT last month, and scored pretty well (720, 95th %ile).

The next step, then, is to complete my application essays. This is the part that has me stumped; they all want to know why I want an MBA. They want 500-800 words of my goals, dreams, and ambitions. Is this simply a writing test, to see whether I can express myself coherently, or do they expect us to have some great and noble goal in mind before enrolling? It seems a bit brazen for a 30-year-old MBA candidate to predict himself as a CFO or pioneering entrepreneur in ten years. My goal isn't nearly so bold; I just want to understand the inner workings of the healthcare industry so I can take advantage of whatever opportunities arise in the next few decades. I have no idea what those opportunities will be, but as Louis Pasteur noted, chance favors the prepared mind.

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