UVA Darden prides itself on producing successful, ethical, community-focused, leadership-driven MBAs. If you want a spot in next year’s Darden class, you’ll need to prove that you have the skills and the drive to commit to this top b-schools ideals and goals. Exhibit your skills as they exist now, plus your passion and motivation to expand on those skills with a case-based, general management MBA. (Note Darden’s new question for this year.)
UVA Darden 2013 MBA Essay Question
- Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. How did this experience change your perspective? (500 words maximum)
Interesting question, and there are lots of different ways to approach it. Here’s one: Start by describing the work situation or complex problem. The more vividly you can describe the scene, the better. Steer away from problems where the complexity is entirely technical. There can be a technical component, but you want to make sure your reader understands what you were facing. A problem with a leadership or inter-personal element is a good one. How did you decide to deal with the challenges you were facing? What were the factors that influenced your approach?
In relating this story, don’t omit the results of your approach. Was it effective? How did it resolve the different elements of the problem?
Conclude with the lessons you learned from the experience. Show that you have the maturity and self awareness to reflect thoughtfully on your own actions. In what way(s) did your perspective on leadership or other components of your challenge change? Demonstrate growth and the ability to change as you analyze the effect of this experience on you.
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