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Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 2: Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such.

Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)

This is another fairly straightforward question that has appeared on the INSEAD application for a number of years running. The parenthetical direction, however, is new for this season; INSEAD now includes an explicit request for one professional achievement and another from the personal realm. As always, it will be important to ground your comments in specific details and fully explain why these achievements were significant, both in terms of the results you produced, challenges you overcame, and the lessons you learned. To achieve a complementary effect in the stories beyond the personal/professional contrast, you might consider how these accomplishment reflect two distinct skills or strengths, and to make sure that these are reflected in your discussion.

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