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Analysis of Cambridge / Judge Essay 2: What did you learn from your most spectacular failure?

What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)

While the topic of failure is a common one when it comes to MBA applications, the very tight word limit of this response makes this a relatively unusual task. With only 200 words to work with, applicants will need to summarize the failure itself in a very high-level manner, devoting the majority of the response to a treatment of the lessons they learned from the experience and perhaps a mention of the ways and sorts of situations to which this learning has subsequently proven applicable.

The “spectacular” scope of the question adds a further layer of complexity; while personal situations are technically fair game for this response, applicants should aim to discuss lessons that will be relevant to future experiences on the Judge campus and in their future careers. Failures from the personal realm are technically fair game here, but candidates will likely want to give first consideration to professional or academic examples, or to those from structured extracurricular activities.

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