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New post 01 Nov 2011, 23:10
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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Go with choice A. As for your most valued achievement, normally yes this should be work, although it could also be other things like community service. There are two things to look for here:
1. RESULTS - if you sold a billion dollars of stuff and were voted the best salesman of the year THAT is results!
2. Actions - What did you DO to get these results??? Did you just work alone in a room reading books? NOT a good story! did you instead LEAD 200 people to do this?? YES a great story!!!

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