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Questions on Strengths& Weaknesses

ennui 1 / -  
Dec 25, 2009   #1
My Graduate Application requires me to give my strengths and weaknesses
Strength part is fine, the weakness part.. how honest do i get? Moat people say exaggerate the weakness to make it sound like a strength... Is this the convention.. Will people who evaluate my essay also expect this deception?
rajeev 1 / 10  
Dec 26, 2009   #2
Will people who evaluate my essay also expect this deception?

The deception part is how you actually see it. One thing is for sure though, the people who are going to review your essay are experts and have been through the grind many a times. This makes it pretty obvious that they can easily see through the statements (what is actually implied). That said, yes it is always better to present your weakness in a positive manner or, explain what steps you have taken to overcome it. This will present you as a person who is realistic and willing to improve.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Dec 28, 2009   #3
One of the most impressive things you can do is discuss a weakness. I feel like I am perfect for a MSW program, because I genuinely care about people, but I also worry that I will encounter adversity because of my social anxiety. I am very sensitive, and this makes me a good resource to friends and associates, but it also makes me feel self-conscious! This is my dilemma.

Your job here is not to try to make the reader think you are going to be the best politician/physician/teacher in the world. Your job is to introduce yourself. What is your situation? Just open up and be real, and as you discuss strengths and weaknesses be sure to focus on your resolute state of mind, your commitment to overcome your adversity and help others do the same in this program to which you are applying.

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