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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 20:24
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EDIT: Did a little research. Darden is low on females, but out of our ultra elite, elite and trans elite clusters, it is not the lowest. Cornell, CMU, Emory, and UNC are all lower.


Inappropriate to make a Big Red joke here?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 09:34
Are you all putting college internships in the employment section?

Most other apps ask for it, but it looks like Darden only wants full time. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 09:39
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Are you all putting college internships in the employment section?

Most other apps ask for it, but it looks like Darden only wants full time. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Thanks!


When I chatted with them months ago, I asked if they cared about summer internships and they said if it's substantive work, then include it. I'm including mine in the application.
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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, 08:57
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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


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.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2010, 11:33
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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 28 Sep 2010, 17:32
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badgerboy wrote:
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!


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![/quote]

Just to share, I attended the Open House on 13 September. There was a session with Sara Neher, director of admissions at Darden, and she addressed this slightly. She advised that they are looking for our career goals in the elevator pitch (you willl find that somewhere in the personal details section of the application), while they are looking more for our thinking process and personality (basically who we are) from the 2 essays. Though most of us at the Open House found the space give for elevator pitch (150 words) too little to describe our career goals, Sara believed it should be sufficient.

Nonetheless, I guess it should be alright/good if you can squeeze your goals into the essays, if you can fit all that within the 500 word limit for each essay.

Hope this helps :)
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nikhilfotedar wrote:
badgerboy wrote:
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!


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!


Just to share, I attended the Open House on 13 September. There was a session with Sara Neher, director of admissions at Darden, and she addressed this slightly. She advised that they are looking for our career goals in the elevator pitch (you willl find that somewhere in the personal details section of the application), while they are looking more for our thinking process and personality (basically who we are) from the 2 essays. Though most of us at the Open House found the space give for elevator pitch (150 words) too little to describe our career goals, Sara believed it should be sufficient.

Nonetheless, I guess it should be alright/good if you can squeeze your goals into the essays, if you can fit all that within the 500 word limit for each essay.

Hope this helps :)[/quote]
great!
thank you for sharing it!
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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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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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