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1. Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
From my early years I can recall a lot of shouting and screaming in my house. I was the only child of a husband and wife who did not love each other. Some afternoons when the tension in the house grew worse I would sit on the front steps of my house just gazing at the fields outside. It was on one of such rainy days that I sat outside hoping that the fighting would stop. The rain was a light shower and the clouds werenât thick. Without me really noticing, the sun had come out from somewhere between the clouds giving way to a beautiful rainbow. I was four. I had never seen a rainbow before but I knew what it was. Gazing at something so beautiful, I made up my mind. After every rainstorm there will be a rainbow. After every fight, there will be silence. After every moment of despair, there will be happiness.
In the 1980’s, industrial psychologist Dr. Tom Janz introduced a method of interviewing called the “Behavioral Interview.” Research shows that this interviewing style is extremely effective, and MBA adcoms have started using it in interviews as well as essay questions, first at MIT and now, to a lesser extent, Wharton, Stanford, and other programs (depending on the interviewer).
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