You are applying to a B-school for an MBA. You know you fit the school and have done enough research. When you start writing your essays, you are expected to write about yourself and you don't know why it is taking so much time just to write about yourself. Introspection, "a conscious mental and usually purposive process relaying on thinking/reasoning/examination of one's own thoughts and feelings" is probably you have to do and find it very difficult to express your own self.
SWOT analysis is something which can come in handy for a situation, personality or organization analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Although extensively used in marketing reports, one can use it to analyze a personality in a methodical manner.
Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors while opportunities and threats are potential external factors. Strengths can serve as a foundation for building a competitive advantage, and weaknesses may hinder it. By understanding these four aspects of yourself, you can better leverage your strengths, work upon your weaknesses, capitalize on golden opportunities, and deter potentially devastating threats. Thus with a successful analysis, you become clear in expressing yourself and thereby improving yourself.
Your Strengths can be:
- Your academic record
- GMAT Score
- Quality work-ex
- A unique leadership experience
- A unique hobby
- A unique skill
- Community participation
- Knowledge of a foreign language
- An initiative taken at workplace to solve a complex problem
- Enthusiasm, energy, imagination. Your qualities.
- ... the list can go on. Just spend some time and make an exhaustive list.
- Poor undergrad grades
- Low GMAT Score
- Less work-experience (how was the quality?)
- No managerial/leadership role (bad can you justify your abilities?)
- A bad habit (procrastination, laziness, poor communication skills?)
- No international work-ex.
Some of the opportunities can be:
- A perfect fit for XYZ school based on your experience (Your marketing stint in the IT company fits with your post MBA goals of marketing, etc.)
- Your GMAT score is above the average GMAT score of the school.
- Your international experience was considerable.
- Increase in no. of seats this year. ;)
- just research the school and fit yourself in, building up on your strengths.
- average GMAT score is increased this year
- More number of people have community involvement.
- Many people have international work-ex which you do not.
- You are part of a large applicant pool.
Hope this helps in bringing out your true self and writing a genuine application. Although I do invite other ideas from the readers which I might have missed out on.