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Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants!

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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 18:35
Count me in for R1. I went to an admissions event in my local area and was really impressed. Chatting with a friend who is currently attending also pushed me in this direction.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2010, 03:52
I am also in for R1. The essays are killing me!! The first one I cant even make a basic outline!! I know what to write..I have spoken to tons of alumni and current students..But all my drafts come off as amateur..Is it necessary to jazz it up? Will essay consultants help?

For the second essay..I have written abt the recession(so original!) but have given a rather insiders view of the banking industry and the essay is full of big economic terms..will that be pushing my luck or should I go ahead with the assumption that the adcoms are aware of keynesian economics ? :D
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2010, 11:33
nikhilfotedar wrote:
I am also in for R1. The essays are killing me!! The first one I cant even make a basic outline!! I know what to write..I have spoken to tons of alumni and current students..But all my drafts come off as amateur..Is it necessary to jazz it up? Will essay consultants help?

For the second essay..I have written abt the recession(so original!) but have given a rather insiders view of the banking industry and the essay is full of big economic terms..will that be pushing my luck or should I go ahead with the assumption that the adcoms are aware of keynesian economics ? :D


I know what you mean! The essay 1 is tough.
My biggest problem is how to put all that I want to say in 500 words!!

I also updated the list!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2010, 20:04
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essay consultants will probably help you but they can't write it for you.

My worry on your second essay is not that they aren't aware of economics, but that it will read like a page full of jargon. Jargon isn't good. I haven't seen your essay, but I'd also be concerned that an essay full of "big economic terms" would miss the "what do you think about leadership personally" in the two part prompt.

Just remember that jargon doesn't make you sound smarter, it makes you sound like you can't relate to other people.


Makes sense! am toning down the second essay and putting more emphasis on my future goals more rather than showcasing my banking knowledge. Repped you!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 04:12
Count me in for Rd1. I had a question about the essays -since neither of the 2 essays asks for long/short-term goals specifically, are you guys alluding to them in essay 1 or 2?
The questions are undoubtedly tough...
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 06:17
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Count me in for Rd1. I had a question about the essays -since neither of the 2 essays asks for long/short-term goals specifically, are you guys alluding to them in essay 1 or 2?
The questions are undoubtedly tough...


I think you can slip in your career progression part in the first essay and somehow show how that along with your EC make u an ideal fit for Darden

For the second essay..its all abt Post MBA plans. The world economy is in the dumps, there is more oil than water in the atlantic..These things have affected you..how have they changed you? BUt most importantly you need to mention what impact these events had on your post MBA career goals!
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Darden Reception [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 07:50
Hey guys-

I am attending a darden reception and was wondering if I should bring anything besides my resume?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 08:45
Guys I am facing a problem: On the application portal, when I input the test scores the checklist reflects it by showing a tick mark against test scores and its font color changes from red to green. However, when I have input the personal information and return to checklist, the cross does not convert to a tick mark and its color stays red. I have checked whether I have filled in all mandatory inputs multiple times. Is anyone else facing a similar problem? Did someone get a solution to this? I have already written to the admissions guys but they have not responded to my e-mail for 3 days now!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 09:01
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Guys I am facing a problem: On the application portal, when I input the test scores the checklist reflects it by showing a tick mark against test scores and its font color changes from red to green. However, when I have input the personal information and return to checklist, the cross does not convert to a tick mark and its color stays red. I have checked whether I have filled in all mandatory inputs multiple times. Is anyone else facing a similar problem? Did someone get a solution to this? I have already written to the admissions guys but they have not responded to my e-mail for 3 days now!


I know exactly what you're talking about; I finally got it to "green" after I clicked both Permanent Address and Preferred Mailing Address. I believe it needs both of these to make it a green. Double check yours and you should get it to change color.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 16:56
Please also check this post:
A second year student @ Darden answer questions
ask-a-darden-second-year-101909.html

I am also including the link in the first post.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 17:37
im in r1 guys, Good luck all!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 11:51
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ds7 wrote:
Guys I am facing a problem: On the application portal, when I input the test scores the checklist reflects it by showing a tick mark against test scores and its font color changes from red to green. However, when I have input the personal information and return to checklist, the cross does not convert to a tick mark and its color stays red. I have checked whether I have filled in all mandatory inputs multiple times. Is anyone else facing a similar problem? Did someone get a solution to this? I have already written to the admissions guys but they have not responded to my e-mail for 3 days now!


I know exactly what you're talking about; I finally got it to "green" after I clicked both Permanent Address and Preferred Mailing Address. I believe it needs both of these to make it a green. Double check yours and you should get it to change color.


That works, thanks a lot bakfed
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 18:57
How are you all addressing the "Hours per month" field in the Employment section?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 19:39
some jobs, though "full-time", may require more than 40 hours per week (i.e. IB/MC). Simply put down what your job entails and the hour it requires of you per week, per month.

My job is a standard 40-hour-week job. Therefore, it would be 160 hours/month no matter how I spin it.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 04:42
bakfed wrote:
some jobs, though "full-time", may require more than 40 hours per week (i.e. IB/MC). Simply put down what your job entails and the hour it requires of you per week, per month.

My job is a standard 40-hour-week job. Therefore, it would be 160 hours/month no matter how I spin it.


Ah, so just assume a full 4 weeks a month. Thanks!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 12:32
Include me in for R2. Reapp!!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 13:38
Does Darden require an official copy of GMAT score prior to deadlines? Or does Darden need to see it after offer is sent out to students (and of course, offer not binding until official scores are received)?

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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 02:13
Can anyone share some thoughts one the elevator pitch? I am thinking it should include 'why' as well as 'what' my career goals are, but with just 150 words, i am not sure i can get all that to fit in.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 02:16
bakfed wrote:
Does Darden require an official copy of GMAT score prior to deadlines? Or does Darden need to see it after offer is sent out to students (and of course, offer not binding until official scores are received)?

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From the Darden website:

We evaluate only GMAT results from tests taken prior to submission of the application. The highest score is used, but we do not combine scores from multiple tests. Scores are valid for five years. We do not require official test scores in order to process your application and get it to the Committee for review. You may self-report the scores directly into your online application. If offered admission, you will need to send official documents. However, offers of admission are not binding until official scores are received. If discrepancies are found between self-reported and official scores, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 08:04
what are the recommendation questions for Darden
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