This UVA Darden 2011 MBA Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing MBA application and essay advice for applicants to top MBA programs around the world. You can access the entire series at http://blog.accepted.com/acceptedcom_blog/tag/2011-mba-application-tips. My tips for answering Darden's essay questions are in blue below.
1. The Darden MBA program expects students to actively participate in learning teams, the classroom, and the broader community. Please share one or two examples from your past experience that best illustrate(s) how you will contribute to this highly engaging and hands-on learning environment. (500 words)
Showcase both your knowledge of Darden and your strengths by discussing how you have contributed to organizations or to your community in the past and how you will use the same qualities to contribute to Darden's community and program.
Like so many essay questions, Darden is asking for one or two example of your contributions in the past. It doesn't want a theoretical treatise on teamwork or an exposition on the meaning of active participation. It wants one (or two) examples and then commentary on those relate to your anticipated participation in Darden's student life.
2. Please discuss how a global event that has taken place in the past two years has impacted the way you think about leadership broadly and personally. (500 words)
New question: First you need to refer to an event. The Gulf Oil Spill, the war in Iraq or Afghanstan, the Greek debt crisis, the passage of the U.S. health care bill... the list goes on and on. Have any of these events influenced your thinking about leadership? How did they change or affect your leadership style? What was the impact of the change on you and on those you were leading? All in under 500 words. See "Dealing with Word Limits."
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