This post is marked as OLD. The discussion of the Wharton questions may still be relevant but the questions are not current. You can find our recent commentary and advice on Wharton here.
My, my, my, didn’t Wharton mix things up this year? Only one of these questions has even a whiff of anything from last year (the “failure” question). Actually, Wharton tends to issue brand-new questions every year. Maybe they get bored. EssaySnark sure does. Reading bschool essays all day long can make you want to gag….
Here's what others have said about this:
ideal “failure” essay will show lessons learned and provide evidence that the writer has grown, through reference to a subsequent event that turned out a success, where the writer applied the lessons to a new situation.
Is it important that we describe a situation to which the writer applied the lessons.
Because in an essay with a 400 word limit,describing the task, my actions and an analysis of the reason that I failed and the lessons learned together with the new definition of failure will take up the entire word limit .
@Anonymous, it's not *mandatory* that you do this, but it's the most effective way to actually PROVE (demonstrate) that you've learned the lesson. So we strongly recommend this approach. (It's not a “new definition of failure” BTW; you might want to re-read the post to make sure you 'get' what we're suggesting.)
Yes, word limits are always tricky, however we've had countless clients be successful this way. Good luck with it!