Starting An Essay With A Quote?
@Jeff, thanks for the comment. It sounds like maybe you’re reacting to this post from a different context than it was written? Our site is all about essays for admission to top MBA programs. In all our years of doing this (which are many) we have seen many people TRY to start an essay with a quote – and we have honestly never seen it executed well. It’s even more difficult in this current era of super-abbreviated essays (most essays are 500 words and some must be much shorter).
It’s one of our too-many-to-count pet peeves. Though we do have a lot of those so we understand if you’re having trouble remembering all of them. This one though? This one drives us nutso. Starting an essay with a quote is wasted words, and it’s NEVER – yes that’s right NEVER – appropriate to the darned essay question.
My favourite way to start off an essay is with a pithy quote. I don’t recommend picking one of the hilarious quotes listed on your Facebook profile, though; instead, try to find something as relevant as possible.