And so, with the examples that we see where there is very clearly a transactional nature to it, that doesn’t reflect the same level of depth and engagement as the ones where there was a genuine desire to invest in that person. There are some stories that very much scratch the surface about looking out for somebody else, caring for somebody else, investing in somebody else.
And that really does come out in essays and examples. And then there are others that are really powerful and compelling that convey a real sense of depth and desire and passion to be able to elevate somebody else’s outcome. I also think it’s really powerful in these examples when the person strikes a balance between caring about the other person’s growth, while also realizing that they too are growing from that experience and that example.
And so it’s not just about a quid pro quo, so to speak, where you know “I’ll help you now, you’ll help me later.” But it’s a belief that this really is a mutual investment.
And everybody engaged in this interaction is stronger when there’s genuine habits of kindness, a genuine investment, and a real sense of commitment to wanting to make sure that that outcome is improved for everybody involved.
I think about “accomplished,” and we talked about accomplished being, yes, it has to do with performance on the job and progression and the kinds of things that you might see in a resume. And yet, it also has to do with understanding how you contribute here.
me skills and some knowledge, and you kind of take that back and apply that to whatever else you were doing in the world.And yet, one of the big questions that we got asked was very similar to yours: “how are you going to actually tell?How can you distinguish between somebody who actually practices these habits of niceness and kindness?And we are seeing really strong differences between people for whom this is natural and authentic and others for whom this is put upon and forced.I think a lot of times that they will kind of give it away.And so as I’ve gotten through a little more than half of the applications for this Round 1 already, I’m struck by how meaningfully differences do emerge between people who are straining to produce an example of something that may frankly not be a habit versus people who this comes very naturally.And you see very robust examples, multiple examples that are coming from all of these different portions of the application.And they’re very much a continuation of what has made Tuck special for 118 years.And so that is a continuation of those very core elements to the school.In Part 2 of our interview with Luke Anthony Peña, Tuck’s Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, we talk about how you can tell if you would be a good fit for the Tuck MBA program. This interview includes: Potential MBA students, they’re clever people.Everyone kind of knows you’re not going to get anywhere at Tuck with some story of, “I’m the greatest guy in the world, I’m a great leader, I have all these accomplishments…” People are smart enough to know that that’s not the magic formula.