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Analysis of Berkeley / Haas Essay 4: Describe a time when you were a student of your own failure. What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development?

Describe a time when you were a student of your own failure.  What specific insight from this experience has shaped your development? (250 words)

This prompt about learning a valuable lesson from a failure represents a fairly conventional b-school essay topic, with the added challenge of conveying all of the pertinent details in just 250 words.  As is common practice for this sort of response that requires candidates to introduce negative information, you’ll want to summarize the situation and the failure itself in relatively few words, reserving the bulk of the essay for a treatment of the insight you gained from this experience and the ways it has shaped your development and experiences since.  Haas’s wording about being a student of one’s own failure suggests an emphasis on reflection and a willingness to learn from one’s mistakes, so it may also be prudent to demonstrate a proactive approach to growing from the situation you chose for this response.

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