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Help in understanding NUS Essay 1 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2013, 04:19
Hi,

"The mission of NUS Business School is to advance knowledge and develop leaders so as to serve business and society. Discuss how you will contribute toward advancing the mission based on examples of past work and activities. (Maximum 300 words/1800 characters)"

Am I supposed to write about an incident when i demonstrated my leadership skills? Another incident where I applied knowledge? And to explain that I will continue to exhibit leadership and apply knowledge similarly in future?

This interpretation sounds very silly but no matter how much I read the question through, i am not able to decipher what it really is asking me to write and how i should go about this essay.

Please help.

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Re: Help in understanding NUS Essay 1 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 16:40
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Your interpretation isn’t so off base actually! But if possible, I’d suggest finding one experience where you combined the two factors – advancing knowledge and leading – to make the essay more coherent. (And don’t forget serving business and society!) Using one combined anecdote or example would also make the essay more manageable, since it’s only 300 words.
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Re: Help in understanding NUS Essay 1 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 03:32
Hi Cindy,

Thanks for the response. Just to clarify what you said, am I supposed to give examples of past incidences of:

when i advanced knowledge and developed leaders for the benefit of business and society
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when i used knowledge and leadership for the benefit of business and society?

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Re: Help in understanding NUS Essay 1 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 07:56
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The latter -- when you use knowledge and leadership to benefit business and society. However, the question says "advance knowledge" -- a specific nuance. It implies that you're not just the recipient of knowledge, but also that you contribute to and shape knowledge.
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