Long long ago, in a galaxy far far away, a brave Brave Supplicant asked EssaySnark a question. It went like this:
Very helpful input from you!
You care to shred some light on the MIT sloan essay 3 where you need to make a decision without all the facts? I have been thinking about it alot laterly but can’t come up a good story for it.
@Anonymous #1 – you probably noticed that we never did a full post on your question. Well, here’s a partial post on it, to offer at least a little tidbit (though it’s likely too late for you, since you were asking in the Rd 1 timeframe – sorry!).
Here’s the literal question verbatim from the Sloan website:
Essay 3: Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed.
In this question (well, all the MIT questions, actually) the adcom is interested in your decision-making process.
Remember their instructions to talk about what you thought, felt, said, did? Keep coming back to that. Tell them literally what your actions were and WHY.
The actual decision you made is (somewhat) less important than showing how you got to it, how you considered your options, etc.
This is also a chance to highlight a part of your profile that you haven’t covered yet. If all your other stories are from the workplace, maybe here you can talk about some project you were doing for a charity.
It’s usually easier to write about “big” decisions that have “big” consequences — there’s just more to say about those — but it’s not necessary to do so. However, it also shouldn’t be too trivial.
Not sure this would add much value… we’re finding it to be a fairly tricky question for some of our clients, so we understand if anyone is stumped! If anyone wants to post possible decisions/situations in the comments then we’ll give feedback there.