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Need help regarding NUS essay. [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2011, 22:13
Hi,
I needed help to decipher the 1st NUS essay.

NUS Essay 1. Choose one of the two questions below:

a. Describe your most valued accomplishment and explain why you view it as such. OR

b. Describe a time when you failed. What did you learn from that failure? How has that failure made you better equipped for the future?

NUS Essay 2. Name one current issue (economic / social / political) that Asia is facing and identify a couple of strategies that you feel may adequately address the issue.

NUS Essay 3. “Rampant consumerism (seeking material goods without the ability to afford them) is one of the main causes for the current global economic crisis. Restraining consumerism remains a key task for developed countries like the US and Western Europe.” What are your views?

The option A of essay prompt 1 is asking for "most VALUED" accomplishment.
I was wondering whether this has to be a professional one? Since the other 2 questions do not ask anything related to our current professional career.

Your thoughts?

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Ganesh
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Re: Need help regarding NUS essay. [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 04:04
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Your most valued accomplishment does not have to be a professional one. Remember that the committee is trying to get to know you in these essays, who you are, what makes you tick. Revealing what gives you satisfaction is a great way to provide this insight. I generally advise my clients to reach for your best story, one that will "stick to the ribs" and be remembered. Sometimes professional achievements start to sound very run of the mill, sometimes they can be extraordinary. The key is to be passionate and reveal enough of yourself to stand out amongst other applicants with similar backgrounds. Having said that, considering that this may be one of your only opportunities given the questions to chat about your career, you may indeed want to at least consider a substantial achievement from work to package for the committee. Overall, your application should demonstrate leadership, innovation, maturity and some level of teamwork skills as a baseline. If you can find ways to demonstrate these attributes elsewhere in the application, that's fine, but if it's easier to work these skills into this question, you should. Hope this helps.
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Re: Need help regarding NUS essay. [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 22:49
Thanks Byrant... I agree with your analysis...
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Re: Need help regarding NUS essay. [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 06:28
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