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Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 1: What brings you the greatest joy? How does this make you distinctive?

What brings you the greatest joy?  How does this make you distinctive? (250 words)

Last year’s lead-off question about the applicant’s greatest passion has morphed somewhat, focused this year on pure pleasure rather than a deeper drive.  In asking this question, the adcom may be seeking to understand applicants on a more basic, human level, since it’s easy to slip in a career-goals-focused frame when the word “passion” is involved.  Candidates might begin by reflecting on the sorts of activities or accomplishments that bring them the greatest happiness or satisfaction, and begin to build an essay from there.  Of course, in discussing this source of joy, it would be ideal to share an illustrative example that introduces information relevant to your candidacy; consider ways to tie your work activities, career goals, academic interests or extracurricular involvements into your response.

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Schools: Berkeley / Haas

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