Describe a time when you put your needs aside to help a classmate understand a task. How did you assist him or her? What was the result?
I was studying right before a major finance test. As the class came into the classroom, a couple of students indicated that did not understand a concept that I did. Although there was a small section of material that I had not completely mastered, I realized that I knew enough about that section that I could perform well enough to earn a good grade. I knew that the section the other students did not understand was a major portion of the exam since the professor had an interest in this particular subject. I stopped what I was doing to explain to the small group about the Multiplier Effect of Bank Reserves on the overall supply of money. Those students learned enough from what I taught them that they did well on the exam. I missed a few points on the section of material that I had not mastered, but I did well enough to get an A, and the satisfaction I got from teaching others the concept made me feel proud.
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor or instructor? How did you resolve the conflict?
Yes, I had an incident with my Spanish professor. I turned in an essay that she said was too good to be mine. I was honest with her; I told her that I had a native speaker review the essay, but he made very few corrections. However, I had broken the Golden Rule of Spanish Composition: the essay must not even touch the hands of a native speaker. To prove to her that I was capable of producing an essay that exceeded her expectations of a non-native speaker, I offered to re-write another essay in her office. I earned an A-minus.
What are your standards of success in school? What have you done to meet these standards?
In my human-resources management class we were assigned a paper on “Why corporate culture is a practical way to increase income and productivity.” All of the literature on the subject was written in the language of Ph.D.s. I asked some other students what they were doing, and they said just writing their opinions and not doing any research to back up the claims. I felt I could do better. I am always willing to ask questions to learn how to perform an assignment successfully. So I worked closely with my professor, who “translated” the academic literature for me, and over time I understood what was being written. Working with the professor’s guidance, I turned in a very good paper. Asking questions is one thing I am not afraid to do and realize that without them I will be turning in work that is not as beneficial as it could be.