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Analysis of Michigan / Ross Essay 3: Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience?

Describe a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed. What did you learn from that experience? (500 word maximum)

This prompt is open to a wide range of topics open for discussion, and thus there are a variety of personal skills and qualities that an applicant can highlight. Some examples of relevant topics include encountering disagreements with one’s team or superiors, receiving negative feedback, making an unpopular decision, falling short of a goal or benchmark, responding to a co-worker’s or employee’s mistake, or being faced with an ethical challenge. It’s important to concisely outline the situation by clarifying what caused you to feel frustrated or disappointed, and to refrain from playing the “blame game.” In responding to the second part of the question, applicants should focus on the steps they took to improve the situation or resolve the problem, the overall lessons learned from the experience, and the ways they’ve applied them since this time. In demonstrating your leadership abilities, communication skills, creativity, and overall growth, you will show the adcom how you persevere through frustrating and disappointing circumstances – something that will attest to your ability to succeed in the face of future trials at Ross and in your career.

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Schools: Michigan / Ross

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