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Tepper Essay [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2007, 07:26
I'm down to my last essay of my last application, and i'm a bit stuck on how to approach this one. It is the third essay in Tepper's app:

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C. Please answer three of the following five questions or statements (your three answers should equal a total of two pages).
1. Describe an ethical dilemma that you have faced in your professional life, how you dealt with the situation, and what the outcome was.
2. Describe a failure or setback in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this setback? What, if anything, would you do differently if confronted with this situation again?
3. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why?
4. Describe your most challenging experience while working in a group?
5. Of what skill or talent are you especially proud?


How will I have enough room to tell a story with each mini-essay if i'm only going to have roughly 200-300 words for each one? Should I ditch the "story-telling" part and simply answer the question? Should I separate each question, or tie them all into one large essay? I just don't see any way I can chop each one down to a 250 word piece that sets the stage, tells a good story, and simultaneously answers the question.

I would love to get your feedback on this one.
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Re: Tepper Essay [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2007, 15:01
eazyb81 wrote:
I'm down to my last essay of my last application, and i'm a bit stuck on how to approach this one. It is the third essay in Tepper's app:

Quote:
C. Please answer three of the following five questions or statements (your three answers should equal a total of two pages).
1. Describe an ethical dilemma that you have faced in your professional life, how you dealt with the situation, and what the outcome was.
2. Describe a failure or setback in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this setback? What, if anything, would you do differently if confronted with this situation again?
3. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why?
4. Describe your most challenging experience while working in a group?
5. Of what skill or talent are you especially proud?


How will I have enough room to tell a story with each mini-essay if i'm only going to have roughly 200-300 words for each one? Should I ditch the "story-telling" part and simply answer the question? Should I separate each question, or tie them all into one large essay? I just don't see any way I can chop each one down to a 250 word piece that sets the stage, tells a good story, and simultaneously answers the question.

I would love to get your feedback on this one.


eazyb81,

I don't think you should try to write one all-in-one essay. Keep them separate. You may have to jettison or greatly compress the "setting the stage" section and cut right to the chase: what was the challenge, what you do you to overcome it, what was the outcome, and what did you learn. I recommend answering each question without thinking about the length limit so you can work out the key details and takeaways without hampering yourself. Then just start editing, eliminating unnecessary details until you get to 300 words. Believe me, it can be done. I do it all the time.

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