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Priority Deadline: January 25, 2023
Final Deadline: April 5, 2023
Requirements: 1 short answer and 1 essay of 200-300 words
The biggest mistake you can make when responding to this prompt is overthinking it. This is the tweet version of your elevator pitch—succinct, no frills intro that gets to the point quickly. Go with your gut and don’t be afraid to highlight something about yourself that admissions may not already know from the rest of your application. (#HumbleBrag.) If you’re really struggling, ask your friends or loved ones to weigh in.
You don’t have many words at your disposal here, so our advice is to select a leader and summarize both their leadership style and impact on you as concisely as possible. Remember that the person you choose and the examples you provide are going to say a lot about what you value and respect in others. If no one comes to mind immediately, try looking up leaders in your field or community and remember that leaders come in all forms (scientists, athletes, activists, etc.). You’ll likely come across someone whose work you’re already familiar with, and then the only thing left to do is outline their methodology, accomplishments, and influence on you in particular.