Although only 100 words, it is deemed an “essay” by the adcom, and that means you should do more than provide facts.
An essay moves – it goes somewhere, it has a starting point and ending point. Please describe the contributions you expect to make to your classmates outside of the classroom during your time at USC. You have been asked to design a course to be taught at the Marshall School of Business. They all require you to reveal and share something of yourself – your perspective, what you value.
Why do I repeatedly recommend using your experience?
Presenting concrete anecdotes and examples will allow the adcom to get to know you, and real life lends credibility to whatever you say.
For question 2, use some aspect of your experiences to inform the topic and/or design of your proposed course.
For question 4, similarly, use your experience as the basis for the question and answer.
You could open with a bold, declarative statement, or an interesting detail or anecdote. USC Pre-Graduate School Advisors via email or appointment2.
It is recommended to conclude with a statement that connects back to your introduction or the theme of your essay. USC Writing Center (THH 216), a peer, or faculty member can review your statement: https://edu/writingcenter/individual-appointments/3.
Please provide a title and description for the course. What has been the most interesting day or moment in your life and why? You have been hired by the Marshall MBA Admissions Committee to create an essay question for next year’s application. Three of the four questions directly engage your understanding of Marshall’s program and/or culture.
That fact doesn’t mean that question 3, which lacks direct mention of Marshall, is therefore a less desirable selection, but it does imply that the adcom really cares about your sense of engagement with the program.