The following paragraph recently appeared in an editorial printed in the opinion section of a local newspaper:
The recent surge in violence in the southern part of the city is a result of a shortage of police officers and an absence of leadership on the part of the city council. In order to rectify the burgeoning growth of crime that threatens the community, the city council must address this issue seriously. Instead of spending time on peripheral issues such as education quality, community vitality, and job opportunity, the city council must realize that the crime issue is serious and double the police force, even if this action requires budget cuts from other city programs.
Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. In your discussion be sure to analyze the line of reasoning and use the evidence in the argument. For example, you may need to consider what questionable assumptions underlie the thinking and what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion. You can also discuss what sort of evidence would strengthen or refuse the argument, what changes in the argument would make it more logically sound, and what, if anything, would help you better evaluate its conclusion.
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As you can’t get a partial credit in IR and each question has multiple parts, it is best to focus on getting answers right than getting to all of them. Prioritize quality over quantity. For instance, say an IR question has three statements and you need to pick the right choice for each. That means, to get any credit, you’ll have to choose the correct option for all three statements. In a situation where you have figured out the first two questions, it makes sense to attempt the third question. On the other hand, if you’re thrown off by the first two questions, it’s not worth wasting your energy on the third one. It’s better to cut your losses, skip the question, and move on to the next.
I am currently enrolled in Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (not that badass but still a Delhi Govt. Univ) and it so turns out that the industry isn’t very receptive of ECE grads, so there goes my work ex. Now I have a pretty okay percentage (75% above) in my grad studies so would this percentage and dearth of a good job pose major problems in my application for HBS like five years down the lane? I want to start planning the best I can do to increase my chances of getting selected and the earlier I know, the better.