Cornell Essay #1 asks to write the table of contents of our life. Anyone know if it means life to date or entire life? (ie does it want us to forecast the future?)??
Its your book- treat it how you want!!!
Here is an excerpt from the essay analysis we had done for this essay:
Our approach to this essay would be to first draw up a list of all the important things about you or in your life, and then select the most pertinent ones from there. Your ToC can focus upon any aspect about your life- it does not have to be a chronological account from your birth up to now. It is entirely up to you about which periods of your life you want to highlight – the formative years/ adolescence/ adult life/ life after MBA or all of them. Just remember the cardinal rule – this is a b-school essay, so what you tell the adcom should be relevant to your candidacy. Cornell is famously known for its collaborative environment, so when you are writing your ToC, be sure to take a step back and think, “will my classmates be interested in knowing this part of me?” - See more at: http://mbadecoder.com/cornell-essay-ana ... pMrf8.dpuf
Hope this clarifies it for you.
All the best.