· Students always – This is a nod to the student-friendly culture of Haas, but I’ve always believed this is here more for them to show off than for you to do likewise.A brief mention somewhere – anywhere – in the application is usually enough.So what we are starting to see is that the b-schools are leading the horse to water and then making the horse drink.
Normally, a “mistake” or “failure” essay is about 400-600 words and allows for a pretty elaborate set up, an introduction of the mistake made, an explanation of why it was made, then what you learned from it, and finally, what you would do again if given the chance.
Clearly, you can’t include all of that information. It starts with understanding the tone and meaning of the question. It has to do with b schools “getting younger” and the accompanying quest for maturity - the need to measure a modicum of social intelligence.
SHORT ANSWER 2 - Many see this as the kid brother of the famous HBS Essay 1 that asks for three accomplishments.
Really, its more like a relative of the old Ross Essay 2, which asked for a significant accomplishment ...
SHORT ANSWER 3 - Well, we obviously have our "Challenge the status quo" question. Let's just translate that to "Tell us about a time you screwed up and what you learned." Done and done.
What makes this one tough is not the flowery prose that Haas is deploying, but rather the tiny word count.
We literally have two pages of information that we share with our clients about this essay but the big takeaway here is that you want to write about a true passion or interest ...
yet still lay down the ground work for your long-term career goal.
Please use the following essays as an opportunity to reflect on and share with us the values, experiences, and accomplishments that have helped shape who you are.· Question the status quo – This comes from being such an innovative b-school.
Tech heavy, access to Silicon Valley, global in reach, caring about social values.