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Yes, self reflection is an important aspect not only from application essay perspective but also from day to day life perspective. You're making a case that how your experience has stimulated your personal and professional growth. The reader is looking for the experience that affected you and how you overcome some obstacles and the decision points you took to make progress in those situations. It can be anything from personal situation to professional situation. You can come up specific situation and how it changed your actions and attitudes and how you would handle if you have re-do the same task(personal or professional). There is no right or wrong answer but the story is important. This personal story should have the learning curve, how you react if your status quo is changed, overcoming your limitation, think critically etc are the important points in an essay. You can give evidence on how your mental strength or emotional intelligence helped you to face the situation. You can also give an example from your sporting career too. So tell your experience with a story that shows your individuality and engages the reader.
I can give my experience and if that helps you to see from to-do list perspective. When I wrote my MBA essays, I gave one personal example and one professional example. I made sure I showed three important points such as realization of myself/self-reflection (first step), experience and learning curve(second step/hardest) and my limitation(third step). During recession time(2008/09), there were many uncertainties at work and how I dealt with that situation and how I was able to deal with it, when my status quo changed. This was one of the example I wrote in my essays.
That's a very good question. Self reflection is a very good answer. I have a few regrets from college. I think it's very important to include your mishaps and what you have learned or could've done differently. For instance, if you're applying to grad school and your gpa doesn't quite meet the schools criteria, then what are you going to do differently in grad school than what you've done in undergrad? What interests you about the program that you're applying to and why should the school even accept you? What are some of your accomplishments?
There are a few things that work well when starting to write application essays and/or personal statements. First, write out a list of all the things you have done, including jobs, volunteer positions, publications or research, activities or events, and anything else that would help you see where you spend your time. It'll help to keep this organized in a timeline or in categories like in a resume.
From, this list start writing about:
- What you did -- the role and its daily duties
- What you learned or gained -- about a subject, about yourself, expertise in a particular field, skills, etc.
- Why you did it or more accurately, why was it important to you to invest your time and energy in this
-How is this going to make you a better candidate for what your applying for -- Tie what you spent your time on into how this helped you in your development and how this development will help you be a become a better professional in whatever you want to be in the long-term.
I can't remember doing that for college, but I did for grad school. I made a list of items that made me so enthusiastic for computer science (my grad school major). I felt that I would be a high achiever as I was so excited about studying computers. I worked my way through my list trying to get the English just right. When finished, I enlisted my sister to read and edit. She was a French/English major. I was accepted right away and couldn't wait to get started. I hope you feel that same enthusiasm righting your application essays. I wrote only one, to the University of Pittsburgh. I think for you, you should sit down and think why this college or university seems exciting. Work up a list about business and what you think you can take away in the next four years. If you have an idea about what you might like to do after college, it never hurts to mention that you are taking the long view of your future. Maybe it's grad school or maybe it's finding a job right away with a small firm or even a very large one. Good luck!
Thats true! Self-reflection pays a key role in application essays.
Ask yourself the following:
Why do I want to do this?
What made me chose this major
What made me chose this college
Why I did all the things I did like- projects, internships, volunteer work etc
Did it help me? If so, how?
Also, if there is a major life event that was a turning point/eye opener , you could mention that.
And if you have a role model or someone you are inspired by, talk about that.
Don't be generic! It's important to stand out; which shouldn't be hard if you are being genuine. When talking about experiences that led you to this goal, be sure to describe WHY and HOW your experiences affected you. Remember--you are accentuating your potential, so be sure to communicate yourself clearly. Always triple-check your grammar! Also, make sure your sentences are written in an active voice rather than a passive voice; this will give your essay more oomph!