Describe examples of your leadership experience and share how you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities you have taken for initiatives in or out of school.
Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.
Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.
Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time.
Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from those experiences and how they prepared you to contribute to the WSU community.
“It is failure that guides evolution; perfection provides no incentive for improvement, and nothing is perfect.” –Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist (New York: Anchor Books, 1999), p. 38. Whitehead invites us to think of failure as a positive influence because it drives progress. Perfection, on the other hand, does not exist, so there is always “incentive for improvement.” For example, there might be ways to improve cell phones, self-driving cars, social media, presidential elections, or the final season of Game of Thrones. Identify something specific (not a person) that could be improved. Then, write an essay in which you: 1. Briefly outline its failures or limitations. 2. Explore how those might guide its evolution. Do not select yourself, a personal anecdote, or any of the above examples as the topic for your response. The best response will offer a unique and specific example that will stand out among the many essays the admissions committee will review.
Please select up to three extracurricular activities, leadership positions, jobs, or awards that have had the most significant impact on you and/or your community – rather than just listing your choices, please describe why your participation in them is important to you and/or your community.
If there are additional circumstances that should be known to the selection committee but have not been shared in another section of this application, please explain briefly in your own words.
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