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Stanford essay Topic: What matters most to you and why ?

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New post 30 Aug 2018, 13:39
Hi,

I hope everyone is ROCKING!

I am writing to ask if people can share any NEW and Innovative responses for - "What matters most to you and why ?" - The Stanford essay question.

I am asking as I have been working with an applicant for almost over a month now, and he and I have been struggling to get something authentic that really resonates with his life. Every time I did this Stanford essay for others, I became more mature, and grew in life.

Background of my Applicant- Tech( Products). Entrepreneur ( Hasn't raised capital). Very innovative yet- Hasn't been able to sell-off the organisation or raise capital or have 100K app downloads etc. That singularity of expression is clearly missing. Strength- Comes from a very very Humble background, and is probably the only MBA Applicant in his entire family/community( first engineer as well). Would very likely shut down his business before starting the MBA as is barely Romen Profitable and not fundable yet( Struggling with team building / leadership related issues). Hasn't been able to scale because of his perfectionist nature- can't trust people easily.

Community work- Not very strong ! Yet! Has been trying to create a strong essay on Contribution/making a difference/making an impact. I have ruled them out as his Contribution Story is PURELY Plastic. Won't stick.

I am not asking you to share your essays, but if you have interesting insights on What can REALLY Matter most to us- I would be happy to spin an interesting story.

Given the basic human needs, I have tried - Admiration, Winning, Making a difference, Innovation, Challenging the Status quo, Being the first, Being Curious and a lot of these aren't going very well with the story.

Even from people who aren't applying to Stanford, or those who are assisting others as Admissions consultants, I would really love to hear more about - What are some really Great options for "What Matters most?"

Even though I know that the story matters more than the "WHAT", I am still curious what all can go into the "WHAT?"

I am getting a feeling that I have the entire thread ready, the entire story SET- YET- I am not Satisfied with the Labels he is attaching to the entire fabric of the essay.

Any thoughts/ideas/Major themes would be appreciated.

Thank You !

Jatin
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New post 30 Aug 2018, 21:05
Just my thought:
To me, things being fair/equal is very important.

I mean fairness in day-to-day life, in analytical comparisons, opportunity, employment, income, judiciary etc.

I volunteer at an organization that helps low income high school students in applying for higher education and this may have helped in formulating my thoughts behind it. But you can expand this further in terms of income inequality, educational/employment opportunity and even fairness in trial/judicial decisions.

Please keep in mind that ultimately the essay has to sound authentic and from the heart of the candidate, so definitely write on something that the candidate is passionate about.


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