Georgia Tech. College of Management – Special Topic/Non-Standard MBA Essay

If you could host a dinner party and invite any four people, either living or dead, whom would you invite and what would the five of you discuss together? 

If I could host a dinner party and invite any four people, either living or dead, I would invite the following four personalities: Writer and Philosopher A, Monk B, Professor C and Senator D.

The topic for dinner will be Reforms in the Education System. The history of American education is very progressive with the country regarded as a land of many inventions and discoveries. However this leading edge has now diminished to an extent. Even though the government has made huge progress in making education available to its population, the participation in education of American-borns, especially in higher education, is a major concern.

My first guest, A, believed that through proper education the student will not only develop the right skills and knowledge but also make himself a worthwhile human being. He believed that a school is a place where one learns about the totality, the wholeness of life – and that it is a place where both the teacher and the taught explore not only the outer world (the world of knowledge) but also their own thinking and behaviour. His schools continue to operate under the auspices of the NAME Foundations worldwide and various parts of the world. I am fortunate to have been part of the same for my high school education.

B was a spiritual genius of commanding intellect and power and a man with prodigious memory. In 1893, he was introduced by a Harvard University Professor to the chairman of Parliament of Religion in Chicago as: “Here is a man who is more learned than all of our learned professors put together”. B believed that real education is not just information but is something which is life and character making. He refused to accept anything without rational proof and demanded convincing arguments for every proposition.

C was a firm believer in education and one of the most well known diplomats. He is a scholar, teacher and senator. As a tribute to this great teacher and as a reflection of his love for and attachment to the teaching profession, his birthday is observed as Name day in multiple states.

My fourth guest for the dinner party, D, is a great thinker and a scholar and is also known to have augment the United States economy. He once held among the most powerful positions in the country. His government has been involved in significant measures to improve education and fight literacy.

The dinner party conversation will revolve around the first three prodigies’ views on improving the extent and quality of participation in schools and undergraduate levels. A is sure to convince others that the schools should not just aim for competitive study but for the complete development of the individual by giving him the freedom to inquire into knowledge and beyond – into oneself.  C could best suggest what the school’s curriculum should be. Since B was a great teacher himself, he, would suggest ways in which more people could be inducted into the teaching profession. This would help reduce the teacher student ratio and improve the education quality. I am sure that my fourth guest, D, will be happy to present concerns and limitations that  governments  face with education policies. He would take great interest in the views of the three education reformists and implement their suggestions for reforms since it is his current portfolio.

2 Thoughts on “Georgia Tech. College of Management – Special Topic/Non-Standard MBA Essay

  1. This essay doesn’t answer what “five” of you would talk about. It’s rather what the “four” invited people are talking about.

    • At first look, I felt so too. The fifth in the discussion, per the Georgia Tech. MBA admissions essay question, would be the candidate himself. Actually Gatech MBA admissions would have done better by wording in “four invited guests and you”. Hope this helps. Cheers, Martha, For MBA admission Gurus

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