2019 TRIP Application Essay Instructions

The essay questions below are required as a part of your application submission. Note: Please limit each essay submission to no longer than one page, single-spaced.

Essay #1:

Visit the TRIP webpage and review each of the individual company profiles. Create a ranking of the companies 1-n based on your perception/confidence/interest in each board member firms (1 = highest rank). Following the ranked list of the companies, write one-two paragraphs to defend the reasoning(s) behind your rankings.

Essay #2:

In 2015, President Obama revoked a 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil from the United States. In addition, despite the previous fear the US might run out of natural gas, the US became a net natural gas exporter in 2017 with exports quadrupling to 1.94 billion cubic feet per day within just one year.  Proponents of crude and LNG exports argue that projected increases in production will raise domestic supply enough to offset exports and prevent domestic prices from significantly rising. Critics counter that domestic production will not be enough to make up for exports, resulting in significantly higher natural gas and refined product prices for US consumers.

Which viewpoint do you predict to be more accurate? Discuss the events or issues that will prevent your prediction from coming about.

Essay #3:

Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the Green New Deal proposal calls on the federal government to wean the United States from fossil fuels and curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the economy. It also aims to guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries. The goal of the Green New Deal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change while also trying to fix societal problems like economic inequality and racial injustice.

Evaluate the proposal and provide at least one “pro” and one “con” of the resolution.  Should the bill be passed and is the plan achievable? Why or why not?

Essay #4:

Pick one of the three publicly-tradedcompanies listed and explain why you would either buy or sell their stock. Explain and defend the rationale behind your decision.

  • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)
  • Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ)
  • Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

Essay #5:

This essay has two parts:

Part I: Describe your career goals.

Part II: How have professional, academic, and cultural experiences shaped these goals?

Essay #6:

This question is known as the “Kitchen Sink”. Please write about anything exceptional or unique that you believe the Board should consider when reviewing your application.