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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 04:35
I'm planning for R2.

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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 17:04
So, I started my online application with Darden today. Hidden amongst some innocuous questions about education background is this beauty:

Please complete the following statement using 100 words or less.
I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

WTF? The asterisk means it's required. So vague. I guess it's some sort of written rorschach test. Any ideas?

p.s. What's with all the questions...family background, who else I'm interested in, etc. It's like a bad first date.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 17:52
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So, I started my online application with Darden today. Hidden amongst some innocuous questions about education background is this beauty:

Please complete the following statement using 100 words or less.
I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

WTF? The asterisk means it's required. So vague. I guess it's some sort of written rorschach test. Any ideas?

p.s. What's with all the questions...family background, who else I'm interested in, etc. It's like a bad first date.


Yikes! :shock: I've merely signed up for an account and sent notes to my recommenders. Thanks for the heads up on this so that I have time to mull that over. Anything else hiding that we should know about? :stupid
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 18:17
Like I said, just the usual nonsense like "Who is your daddy and what does he do?" Honestly, when I saw that it kind of took the wind out of my sails and I started watching South Park. Live to fight another day...
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 19:31
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So, I started my online application with Darden today. Hidden amongst some innocuous questions about education background is this beauty:

Please complete the following statement using 100 words or less.
I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

WTF? The asterisk means it's required. So vague. I guess it's some sort of written rorschach test. Any ideas?

p.s. What's with all the questions...family background, who else I'm interested in, etc. It's like a bad first date.


They didn't have that question when I applied (at least I don't recall, it's been a while) but it's only 100 words, so they are obviously limiting how much stuff they want you to put in this essay. I look at it as an opportunity to identify a few subjects to discuss in an interview; and to be creative and demonstrate some language skills. Pet-lover, expert in basket weaving? I don't look at it as a place to detail your abilities or technical skills.

(note, I have no influence or even regular contact with the admissions people here)
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 02:15
I just noticed that the latest class profile for Darden is up.

http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/sta ... d=2&id=819

Avg GMAT, as expected, went up 5 points from 688 to 693.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 08:20
Did anyone attend class for writing Case Study Essay?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 10:31
Anyone attending today's "day in Darden" or something like that?
I wanted to go but my schedule does not allow it. :(
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2008, 09:32
anyone else have any comments on this lovely question....


I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2008, 10:50
Joining the darden train...I'm almost certain (95%) that I'll be applying for R2. I'll be finalizing my R2 plans this weekend so will keep everyone posted :)
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2008, 07:18
Hi guys,
Yet another aspirant of Darden MBA.
Am an Indian with 5 yrs of experience in IT industry.
Planning to apply in R1.

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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 03:56
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They didn't have that question when I applied (at least I don't recall, it's been a while) but it's only 100 words, so they are obviously limiting how much stuff they want you to put in this essay. I look at it as an opportunity to identify a few subjects to discuss in an interview; and to be creative and demonstrate some language skills. Pet-lover, expert in basket weaving? I don't look at it as a place to detail your abilities or technical skills.

(note, I have no influence or even regular contact with the admissions people here)


Do you think there's any significance to the fact that it's in the educational history section? Also, Darden provides no format for uploading your transcript.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 03:58
*sorry, it's under family history. so weird.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 09:34
any hints on Case Study Essay 3? I haven't visited the class yet to explain my experices from class.
So, I am planning to write, "have so and so experieces in my work environment which is similar to Case study and why i like this approach and what i am looking for from daraden case study"

is my approach correct?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 12:34
Anyone attending the info session in Atlanta this week?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 00:13
Anybody has any info whether Darden still has the GATE loan program for international students? Or any no-cosigner loan for int'l students?

And how is the consulting recruiting going this year? Any info will be welcome. Thanks people
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 16:31
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Anybody has any info whether Darden still has the GATE loan program for international students? Or any no-cosigner loan for int'l students?

And how is the consulting recruiting going this year? Any info will be welcome. Thanks people


I believe that the GATE loan program expired as of this year, but last I heard they were trying to put something together so that international students could get the money they need without co-signers. I remember hearing this a few months ago, but of course, credit markets have deteriorated substantially since then (and even in the past weeks). Not sure how that will work out.

I believe consulting recruiting is robust this year, but that competition will be intense. There's a new BW article talking about bankers jumping over to consulting. I've talked to reps from BCG and McKinsey in the past week who have told me the same thing, that they plan to hire the same number of people (second year students) as last year, but that yield from their summer programs was much higher than normal. What this means is that spots available to new hires will be limited, and competition is much greater than normal with people who in past years would be returning with bulge-bracket offers (highly competitive candidates) now looking at consulting. I think first year recruiting is still good, but more people might be interested in those jobs.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2008, 05:02
Attended the Darden reception last night.It was a fruitful one.

A number of current students and Alumni were there.I found some stuff for my 'Fit for case study' essay.

I got a couple of business cards.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2008, 17:49
How we coming along with the essays? I know that there was some chatter a little while back regarding the case study, but I think relatively speaking, that is BY FAR the easiest of the three.

I'm having trouble with the pivotal choices essay on a couple levels. If the choice was say, more than a year ago (or two at the most), how could I possibly use that as a pivotal choice? Wouldn't I haven't gotten an MBA sooner (if it was such a pivotal choice)? Or if I had an interest that caused me to choose my goals when I was 15 or 16, how can I spin that as a pivotal choice for an MBA. Wouldn’t I have made decisions sooner in my life to draw me towards that interest (assuming I haven’t already done so)?

Also, the 2nd essay seems darn near impossible to tell the story in a manner that has substance and sufficient background, while describing how you learned the most. I'm having trouble telling the story in less than 200 words, at least in its current rendition). If I cut the wordcount, it seems to lose the importance of the event.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2008, 18:26
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How we coming along with the essays? I know that there was some chatter a little while back regarding the case study, but I think relatively speaking, that is BY FAR the easiest of the three.

I'm having trouble with the pivotal choices essay on a couple levels. If the choice was say, more than a year ago (or two at the most), how could I possibly use that as a pivotal choice? Wouldn't I haven't gotten an MBA sooner (if it was such a pivotal choice)? Or if I had an interest that caused me to choose my goals when I was 15 or 16, how can I spin that as a pivotal choice for an MBA. Wouldn’t I have made decisions sooner in my life to draw me towards that interest (assuming I haven’t already done so)?

Also, the 2nd essay seems darn near impossible to tell the story in a manner that has substance and sufficient background, while describing how you learned the most. I'm having trouble telling the story in less than 200 words, at least in its current rendition). If I cut the wordcount, it seems to lose the importance of the event.


Clearly, that's part of the challenge. Few of us would have trouble writing expansive purple prose about the time we failed but ultimately succeeded and grew from the experience. Getting your point across in three paragraphs is a lot harder, but a good test of how you can produce a wealth of information with an economy of words.

Without giving too much away (we're supposed to be unique applicants...right?), I'll touch briefly on how I addressed "pivotal choices." I started broad and early, then came to recent and pointed. They were all pivotal choices; without the former, the latter choice would not even be an option.

Also, I'm fairly sure you get 250 words for the secondary essays. Maybe that helps?
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