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Can this be a failure essay?

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Can this be a failure essay?

by ioanna_f » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:43 pm
Hi everyone!

I am preparing for the failure essay and I am actually stuck. I cannot think of anything that was a real / great failure, especially at work.

I was thinking of writing about high school group projects and how by not organizing the process well from the beginning and selecting wrong group members, I was ending doing the whole project alone. I could back up this experience by saying that looking back after these experiences I have learnt how to "recruit" peers to work with and when working with people not that motivated or qualified I was preparing a plan to make sure that everyone was contributing his/her best to the final outcome. and that this was one of the reasons I was also eager to learn more on leadership, organization skills, etc....

Please leave your comment if this can be considered a failure essay.

Thank you in advance!

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by Jon@Admissionado » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:24 am
I kinda like how the word "stuck" automatically highlights the Tuck in stuck :)

But anyhow, off that tangent and on to the point:
High School = Bad!

As a rule, no high school stories should be in your essays. It's too far back, too minor and too irrelevant for the AdCom (in most cases, unless perhaps it was something deeply personal). What a high school story looks like to the AdCom is "Well, this guy hasn't done anything at all, if he is using high school stories!"

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by money9111 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:26 am
translation to Jon's post above... "Try to find another idea" :-) I remember having to answer a question like this and someone told me to think of something that I succeeded on and backtrack to see if there was a failure in there somewhere. It doesn't necessarily have to be something that cost the company money or resulted in you being fired.
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