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Describing a setback or failure

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by virtualmaster999, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. virtualmaster999

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    Hi all!

    I have a quick question. I know some schools have in their supplementals to write about a time where you had a setback or failure.

    I wanted to write about how I got a W in a class, and how I was discouraged from the experience, but how I managed to work even harder the second time taking the class, and how it helped me for the future.

    Would this be a good experience to write about? It also fills in the gap as to why I got a W on my transcript.

    Could i have some input on this?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. virtualmaster999

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    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated!
     
  4. Blackhorse90

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    Always spin it into a positive learning experience
     
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  5. virtualmaster999

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    I agree, thanks :)
     
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    I agree with all of the above posts, it is a great idea and you can spin it into a positive. I was going to take a different approach....what about an injury that caused me to be unable to walk for over a two months and miss a month of class due to surgery/recovery and I had to come back and make up all the work I missed. Or is that a stretch?
     
  7. virtualmaster999

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    I like it! Maybe not just make up work, but grow to become stronger for the future in general..this situation is definitely emotional, and you could really make it into a motivational experience!
     
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    I think it's definitely considered a setback, but not a failure. I'd have a back-up failure story just in case.
     
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  9. virtualmaster999

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    That's true thinking about it like that...maybe it affected your academics, it would work out nicely.
     
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    Yeah the supplemental question asks about overcoming some type of adversity you have faced in life and how you handled/overcame it
     
  11. hellofuturedentists

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    Oh then that should work! But I think the failure one is a common interview question. It's good to have experienced failure at least once.
     
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