Use your best judgment on who you decide to ask - there is no set formula for who should be your recommenders. We know it is not always possible to have a direct supervisor write your recommendation – we would not want you to jeopardize your current position for the application process. Look at the questions we are asking recommenders to complete. Find people who know you well enough to answer them. This can be a former supervisor, a colleague, someone you collaborate on an activity outside of work. How well a person knows you should take priority over level of seniority or HBS alumni status.
A college essay is the time to explain more about you and your life. This can be done by writing about a favorite activity, telling a story that you experience, or make up a story to show your even more creative side. Whatever you decide to write about make sure you start by drawing the reader in right away. Then it’s up to you to continue building upon this momentum like your building a skyscraper one floor at a time. Then remember to express an overall positive message on your essay. This is a good way to leave the reader with having a positive light on you personally .