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December 02, 2008


Anirban Majumdar

Hello Jessica,

I couldn't agree more on what an essay should reflect, but having said that I believe it's sort of ironical to go through the "model" essay samples from successful candidates. I feel in the present scenario it is more important that having noted down a skill set, to build a quantifiable case which glorifies the achievement [at times stretching the truth] than to try out a creative and a not-so-backed-by-specifics case.

How does a candidate develop the confidence and courage to describe him/her-self without getting burdened by the process of devising an "interesting" story around their achievements?

I understand the philosophy around the essays is to "market" ourselves in an effective manner, but can we as candidates have full faith that a worthy case/story doesn't get lost amongst its glittering sample group?

Just curious.

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