What Matters To You And Why Essay Example

The Admission team is looking for candidates who combine humbleness, agreeability, openness, and conscientiousness. In addition to the four main characteristics, the candidate should show a mix of risk-taking, creativity, and extroversion.

Now let us start writing – “What matters most to you, and why? “.
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Sample Stanford MBA Essay A: What matters most to you, and why? (750 Words)

In a world where violence is the norm, it is easy to get Cynical about the future. When the world becomes a large pool of cynics, they are blinded from the opportunities that lay ahead. Giving up is easy. Fighting on despite the injustice and the uncertainties is what has made us humans survive over 200,000 years. I take pride in our ancestor’s ability to fight even greater uncertainties, but life for me is more than a fight, it is about the experiences that delights and tests me.

Without balancing the four building blocks of my life - personal, professional, social, and spiritual, my foundation will be shaky.

Social: I look forward to building a close group of friends in Stanford GSB, and contribute with my actions, solutions, or just be there for my peers as the ‘sounding board’. Student-initiated clubs are opportunities to build lasting relationships. I hope to collect feedback from the Entrepreneur Club (E-Club), tweak my Medical App, and find funding to scale my Business beyond the Asia markets. Two other clubs that I see myself contributing are the Education Club, where I would like to share experiences about my non-profit and hope to find peers with similar vision, and finally the Big Ideas Club where I can learn how the intersection of Technology and Design can create better products.

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Professional: My 5-year career in a US based technology-consulting company offered opportunities to work in industries as diverse as Finance, Healthcare, and Insurance. By working closely with consultants, I began to gain perspective on the pain points of each industry and saw how technology can offer context to a healthcare provider’s database. Easier and faster diagnosis means fewer casualties and wider reach of healthcare, even to the remotest locations where care was unaffordable.

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College supplemental essays are designed for applicants to demonstrate their personality and passion, but applicants are often stumped when they look the essay prompt.

Applicants tend to overthink the supplemental essay topic, often spending too much time trying to figure out what admission officers want to read. While it’s important to understand what the question is being asked, your efforts should be focused on what about personality or achievements you want to highlight.

Take one of Stanford University’s supplemental essay topic for example. Here’s the prompt:

What matters to you, and why? (250 word limit)

Instead of thinking about appealing to a university, think about this question as if your best friend just asked you at your usual hang out spot. What would you respond with? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Don’t eliminate those ideas because you think they are too childish or not intriguing enough. These ideas and your reasoning behind is what makes you unique and different.

Here are 5 examples from students who were accepted to Stanford:


Stanford University ‘20

I have always been envious of characters in musicals: imagine jiving on the streets to Dancing Queen, or saying goodnight with So Long, Farewell! I, unfortunately, don’t quite have the skills to spontaneously set my feelings to music. I am privileged, however, to have music in my life. Keep reading.



Stanford University ‘20

Why do we humans even exist? For what purpose do we to continue to strive day after day, knowing our inevitable end? As quickly as I have come into this world, I will soon be out of it; I am but a second on an ever-ticking geological clock. Yet, I carry with me an innate longing for greatness, the wish to be immortalized for what I will achieve for mankind. Read on. 


Stanford University ‘20

I am six. Pools of mudfish swim by my ankles, now slick and red with rashes, and when I scoop up the water with a hut! — The pink basket convulses with life, ready to burst. Eyes fixated on the muffled pop-pop of fish breaths, floating about like round balloons and splintering the shimmer of my reflection, I walk home with it. Continue reading.



Stanford University ‘18

I once stayed up all night with a twelve year old because no one else did.

I cried when my bunny cut her foot; but looked like stone the morning

I found that bunny stiff and cold.

I would rather lose my life than live without the chance to spend another hour in a hallway with a pair of somersaulting angels nothing like the stereotypical eighth grader.

When you ask me what matters,

when you wonder what’s wrong,

when you fail to catch my attention as I stare into space,

when the sky looks like a prayer but I act like it’s crumbling down,

pretty much every answer is true.

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Stanford University ‘20

When my brother was diagnosed with leukemia for the first time over five years ago and when he relapsed last April, I saw firsthand how proper medical treatment, access to mental health resources, availability of marrow donors, and an insurance policy that didn’t set a lifetime cap or discriminate against preexisting conditions could help deliver my brother through a painful cancer journey. But he is only one of many, one child fortunate enough to have these resources. Continue reading.


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About The Author

Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.

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