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"an ethical dilemma that you encountered" - UBC Supplemental for Commerce, starting?

shahbaaz 2 / 6  
Mar 6, 2011   #1
I am doing my supplemental and I have to write 200 words about describing "an ethical dilemma that you encountered during the past 4 years. How did you handle it and what did you learn from it?" I don't really know what to write, how to start. I am really confused. I have about a week left so please help. Also another thing that i have to do is give any additional information. What kind of additional information should i give????? Please help...

bbish520 8 / 30  
Mar 7, 2011   #2
The prompt basically ask you to describe a situation that had something to do with your morality, basically is to tell you to present a situation where you told weather it was right or wrong.

You don't necessary need to provide any additional information, that part it's just for you to add anything you want that the application didn't provide you with the space for.

Hope I helped!!
Help me back if you can :)
OP shahbaaz 2 / 6  
Mar 8, 2011   #3
Alright, I came up with an idea but don't know if i should write about it on the application

This is just a rough draft...not even....just expressing my idea
This happened to me a couple of months ago. I had a math test, and with the linear system at my school it was a day before most of my friends would have theirs. Since, I was going to write it first, they asked me if I could somehow get them the answers. Due to the peer pressure, i gave the idea a thought, decided to do it. While writing the test, i had dual thoughts in my head. I then thought of the consequences, the guilt i would suffer, the karma of doing a bad deed but at the same my friends had asked me of something and were expecting me to help them out. In the end, I didn't do it because a simple quote by my grandfather came to my mind, "It is better to suffer wrong than do it."

I know its not the final draft...it is not even a rough draft...i just want your ideas...please help...
brownguy123 - / 1  
Mar 8, 2011   #4
hey shahbaaz i was wondering what your percent avg. for four provincial examinable courses is because i also applied to sauder business school and i would like to know, thanks.
OP shahbaaz 2 / 6  
Mar 11, 2011   #5
hey brownguy(nice name...)
depends what term you look at. I took English in Summer School but screwed up on that and got 78%. But my other courses are really good. My First Term Math = 98 , Chem = 95 and Bio = 94 My Second term Math = 95 , Chem = 92, Bio = 94. If not for English my mark would have been really good but it is still okay..

How about you...what is ur average...and are u done ur supplemental
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,334 129  
Mar 12, 2011   #6
First, you have to get into that inspired state of mind. Think back to the last time you were excited about something you were writing. How can you approach this new task in an inspired way?

Get excited about expressing some important truth through an anecdote about a dilemma. You can express any truth you want to express. If I wanted to express a truth about why I am so motivated to become a humanitarian design activist, I would discuss an ethical dilemma that involved my inability to help people in need and a decision I needed to make because of not having the necessary education in design activism.

Know what I mean? Make this an anecdote with a spacial meaning to share.... and let that meaning have something to do with your academic/career plan.

OP shahbaaz 2 / 6  
Mar 13, 2011   #7
So basically all i am writing is a kind of a short story right? What i don't get it is how to structure it. Do i just give the situation i was in, and then tell the two options, and then the option i chose. I don't want it to be like this because i want it to be different. What do you think is the right structure to write about about ethical dilemma in 200 words.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,334 129  
Mar 17, 2011   #8
Great questions! I like it that you are trying so carefully to get it right.

My trick is to use the key words from the instructions. Ethical dilemma, handle, learn.... Use their words.
In fact, whenever you speak to anyone, it is also good to "speak their language" by using the same words they use.

But the benefit here is that you can use the key words and have TOTAL FLEXIBILITY about how you approach the prompt.

Just remember, a powerful thing to do is sum up the meaning in a single sentence and put that sentence at the end of the first paragraph.

If you want some great inspiration about how you might structure a story, you'll have to find a book of short, anecdotal stories that inspire you. For example, Sherman Alexie had books that are compilations of stories, and he has a brilliant way of expressing the concepts he wants to express.

That is my best advice. Use the key words, and use great stories for inspiration. Leslie Silko, Stephen King, Dean Koontz... Edgar Allen Poe.


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