From this experience, I learned the meaning of true failure. Failure only occurs when you do not try at all. If you make an effort, but do not succeed, there is honor and wisdom to be gained through the loss. Hence, you are better off than when you began.After all, success is not a destination—it is a journey.
4. Columbia Business School is a diverse environment. How will your experiencescontribute to this? 1. American schools, Columbia in particular, emphasize community service in a way that some European (and Asian) schools do not. Melissa’s first essay therefore is ideally pitched for Columbia; it would be very good, but perhaps not perfect, for a school that focuses less on the question of what applicants will do for their communities’ benefit. 2. One suggestion for improvement: to discuss something from her consulting work, because she includes virtually nothing from her professional life. Thus she gets relatively little mileage from her strong professional credentials, although she has other experiences that are interesting enough to talk about, so her presentation does
not suffer greatly. This is due in part to her being quite different from what one would