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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2014, 03:30
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A Day in the Life of a First Year MBA [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2014, 09:00
FROM Fuqua Current Student Blogs: A Day in the Life of a First Year MBA
What does the typical day of an MBA student look like? That’s one of the biggest questions I had as I was preparing to enroll at Fuqua. I had heard snippets from current and past students about what types of activities they were involved in, but I still wasn’t entirely sure how a full day would be. Would I be in a team room most of the day? How much time would be spent networking? What time commitment do classes require?

As I’m preparing to return for my second year at Fuqua, I have a much better understanding of what to expect each day. However, that doesn’t mean that every day is the same – in fact, far from it. The biggest differences I’ve noticed occur from term to term as changes in activities and priorities shift depending on the time of year. For example, in my experience, Fall Term I had a heavier academic focus, and Fall Term II was shifted more to recruiting. Spring Term I allowed me to devote more time to my family and social activities, and Spring Term II was focused on leadership as the mantle for club leadership and Fellow positions shifted from second-year to first-year students. For that reason, I think it’s most helpful to read a variety of “Day in the Life” articles from various students at different times of the year, to better get a sense of what to expect when you arrive.

Here’s what a Tuesday in Spring II looked like for me as a first-year student:

7:15 a.m. – Wake up and get ready for the day. My two-year-old daughter normally gets up around this time too, so I’m able to help get her ready. Like most days, I make breakfast for the family (today is a green smoothie), say goodbye to the wife and kid, and drive to Duke.

8:30 a.m. – I head to the library. I spend the morning responding to emails about group projects and club involvement. I also glance over the case for my Emerging Markets class, to remind myself of the main points of it before class starts. Although I have until Thursday before my other class assignments are due, I also spend this time working on a case for my Decision Models class in preparation for a team meeting later in the day.

10:15 a.m. – Before going to class, I swing by the Admissions lounge to pick up prospective students who are interested in observing a class. First-year students play an important role in the admissions process, by giving campus tours, hosting class visits, serving on Q&A panels, and volunteering at the two Blue Devil Weekends. For prospective students, being able to visit Fuqua and sit in on a live class is an invaluable opportunity to see what an MBA class is like, and determine if Fuqua is the right fit.

10:30 a.m. – Emerging Market Strategy. On Tuesdays and Fridays I only have this class, whereas on Monday and Thursday I have two (Marketing Strategy and Decision Models). In this class session we discuss a case about Vale, a Brazilian diversified metals and mining corporation, and the challenges they recently experienced due to their distance from the Asian market. We also get into a very interesting discussion about the socio-economic trends in China and Brazil, Brazilian politics, and corruption. The class is particularly insightful because it includes a number of students from Brazil. It’s like this for every class. Typically there are multiple students from the country where the case originates — or sometimes even students who know first-hand knowledge about the company — giving additional insights that we might not have considered based on the case materials alone. As an American citizen, I’m definitely in the minority in this class.

12:45 p.m. – I heat some lunch (left-overs from a delicious dinner the night before) and meet up with the other co-president and vice-president of the Latter-day Saint Student Association. All of the club leadership positions are in the process of switching from second-year to first-year students, so this is our kick-off meeting to discuss our goals, plans, budget, and calendar for the upcoming year. Tomorrow we will have a meeting with all of the other club presidents and MBAA cabinet to learn more about our roles in the upcoming year.

2:00 p.m. – Work on Decision Models case. We have our first major case for the class due on Thursday, using decision trees to make a recommendation to a hypothetical client company about whether or not they should sue a competitor or settle out of court. All three of my teammates have prepared beforehand, so we are able to dive right into the analysis stage by weighing the pros and cons of each option and determining where our information might be inaccurate and how that would impact our recommendation. We don’t finish creating the entire PowerPoint presentation, but we assign roles to finish the assignment by our deadline. From here on out, we’ll coordinate through email.

4:30 p.m. – Get home. I’ve made it a goal to be home for dinner, whenever possible. Although there have been some weeks and terms where it’s been much harder to get home for dinner every night, so far the spring has had fewer evening time commitments which means I’m usually home. It’s always nice to walk in the door and hear my daughter shout “Daddy!” as she runs to give me a hug. We spend some time playing together in her room and then the three of us eat the delicious dinner my wife Kelsey prepared. She does an amazing job of holding down the fort, staying active as a co-President of the Fuqua Families club, and supporting me while we’re on this adventure together. After dinner, Kelsey leaves for an event with other friends from Fuqua Partners. I get our daughter ready for bed, do dishes, and clean up.

8:15 p.m. – Call with my Fuqua Buddy. All admitted Fuqua students are assigned a current first-year student as their Fuqua Buddy, who serves as a resource to answer questions and help them make the transition to Duke. With the recent Round 2 admits, I received two buddies to contact, and had set up a phone call with one of them. On the call I answer questions about life as a first-year student and how I made the move across the country last summer.

8:45 p.m. – Homework and preparing for the next day. Even though there are no classes on Wednesdays, it’s often the busiest day of the week, so I try to get as much homework out of the way tonight as possible. I read a few cases and do some practice problems for my classes that are held later in the week. Applications for Admissions Fellows (who help with the admissions process as second-year students  — primarily by conducting interviews) are due in a few days, so I complete that application. I respond to a few emails and call it a night around 1 a.m.

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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2014, 05:25
For those not aware, poetsandquants is another interesting b-school website. Anyway, I found a link to this blog yesterday from the website. The blog is about life post-mba. This specific article is about life pre-loans:http://postmbalife.com/10-things-i-wish-id-known-about-getting-and-mba-before-i-took-out-my-school-loans/
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2014, 07:23
I just registered for the military symposium this year in October on campus. I went last year with my wife to get my first look at the campus/program and to meet the staff and students. We were absolutely blown away! My wife will be joining me again this year. Is anybody else active duty military or a veteran and plan on attending the event?
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2014, 22:33
Hey Folks,
I am applying for Duke MBA-Day Time Program, super nervous :) i am based out of Bangalore.
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2014, 16:19
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Good luck everyone! Look forward to seeing folks soon



Same. Good luck everyone.

Although I've been here for only a few days (did a pre-term course and just got done with orientation), I love both Durham and Fuqua already. Team Fuqua is amazing and I can't speak highly enough about the great folks that I have in my class.

P.S - you may message me for any help. It's going to get crazy soon, so expect a little delay. Also, please avoid questions like - what's the deadline for R1 or what are my chances of getting in. Be specific wherever possible, and I'd be happy to provide an objective opinion.

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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2014, 18:58
I am applying in the EA round.
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2014, 16:15
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Good luck everyone! Look forward to seeing folks soon



Same. Good luck everyone.

Although I've been here for only a few days (did a pre-term course and just got done with orientation), I love both Durham and Fuqua already. Team Fuqua is amazing and I can't speak highly enough about the great folks that I have in my class.

P.S - you may message me for any help. It's going to get crazy soon, so expect a little delay. Also, please avoid questions like - what's the deadline for R1 or what are my chances of getting in. Be specific wherever possible, and I'd be happy to provide an objective opinion.

Cheers!


Hope to meet you soon when we all get back to campus. I'm looking forward to a relaxing year 2 :-D

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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2014, 09:46
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2014, 11:50
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I just registered for the military symposium this year in October on campus. I went last year with my wife to get my first look at the campus/program and to meet the staff and students. We were absolutely blown away! My wife will be joining me again this year. Is anybody else active duty military or a veteran and plan on attending the event?


Just signed up for this event as well, really looking forward to it!
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Preliminary Report Digs Into Fuqua Career Statistics [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2014, 05:00
FROM Fuqua Current Student Blogs: Preliminary Report Digs Into Fuqua Career Statistics
We will continue to collect information through early fall for the final employment report on the Duke MBA Classes of 2014 (full-time) and 2015 (intern).  In the meantime, I wanted to share some preliminary data and interesting trends.

The themes of diversification, personalization, and complexity are increasingly prevalent for our students and employers. Duke MBA students have highly diverse interests, and they want and need customized ways to navigate a relatively robust yet complex job market. Employers’ specific talent needs are reflected in their recruiting processes and the competition to capture student attention is high.

Our goal is to satisfy both student and employer priorities and to grow Duke’s brand in the global job market, which benefits both current students and alumni. Fuqua and the Career Management Center (CMC) team will continue to strengthen their networks in the U.S. and globally, with not only large employers but also small to medium-sized businesses and start-up companies, across key industries and functions.

For additional insights and career trends from last year, please read excerpts from the CMC annual report for 2013 – 2014.

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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2014, 16:05
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I'm looking forward to a relaxing year 2 :-D
LoL, don't buy the SY propaganda. Fall semester is probably the hardest one, unless you already got a return offer and plan to go back. Spring will be better, especially if you go study abroad. Enjoy your SY.
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2014, 18:08
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I'm looking forward to a relaxing year 2 :-D
LoL, don't buy the SY propaganda. Fall semester is probably the hardest one, unless you already got a return offer and plan to go back. Spring will be better, especially if you go study abroad. Enjoy your SY.


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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2014, 07:56
Hey, all. Here is a great post by our own stevenfuqua about why he chose Duke: http://www.stevensma.com/2014/08/why-i- ... asons.html
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2014, 18:48
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is anyone from India attending the Info session this weekend in Bangalore ?
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Re: Calling all Duke-Fuqua Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2014, 09:16
Anyone planning to attend the info-session in Mumbai on 20th august Wednesday(Bandra Taj Land's End). Although I decided not to apply for 2 year mba I think I might just visit to get the Duke feel.

How about you guys? Anyone going? Lets catch up if you are.

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FROM Fuqua Current Student Blogs: Looking Back on Two Years of Growth and Fun
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Sadly, it’s over. After two amazing years, I’ve now officially graduated.

It’s funny to think that three years ago I was contemplating whether to apply to schools in Europe that offered 1-year MBA programs. It seemed more efficient. Going back to school sounded depressing. Why would I want to do in two years, something I could do in one? Following that logic could have been a horrible mistake. I can now attest that these two years at Fuqua were among the best years of my life.

After working for a few years in the Israeli political system, I felt it was time for a change. In my last role, I was working as a director of communications for an Israeli Parliament Member who was serving in the finance committee. I loved what I was doing, but I felt I had much more to learn in two specific topics: business, to better understand finance and the private sector; and marketing, which would be the natural next step in my career following my work in communications.

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Comparing business schools, I knew I wanted a school that had strong marketing faculty. Therefore, once I was accepted to Fuqua, the decision was easy. With world renowned faculty such as Christine Moorman, Gavan Fitzsimons, Carl Mela and of course Dan Ariely, who is a household name in Israel, it was obvious why Fuqua is considered a top business school for marketing. After two years at Fuqua, I can’t stress enough how much I learned from these professors. This was not only in class, but also in personal conversations I had with them, where they gave me valuable advice about following a career in marketing.

I remember during orientation, Dean Bill Boulding, also a professor for Marketing, spoke to us for the first time and explained how Fuqua is a place where “we take our work seriously, but not ourselves.” Little did he know how literally I would take that remark by the end of my second year when I dressed up as him, including his famous grey goatee, for the school’s Stache Bash tradition.

As I mentioned, I came to Fuqua to learn more about business and marketing, but as you learn from day one at Fuqua, this is not a transactional experience, but a transformational journey. Indeed, I studied finance, operations, accounting and other classes you would assume every business school has, and yes, I feel more competent in understanding the business world thanks to these classes. Nevertheless, learning the material itself is only a small portion of what I learned at Business school. At Fuqua, you don’t just learn, you experience.

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I experienced persistence, deciding for the first time in my life to prioritize my physical health by participating in, and eventually winning, the Fuqua Fit challenge where I lost 19 pounds in one month.

I experienced leadership, serving as the co-president of Fuqua Speaks, a student-run club that focuses on improving public speaking abilities, and was also as the VP of Marketing for the High Tech Club. These experiences were key in developing my leadership skills, which came into practice when I initiated and co-led a 10-day trip to Israel for 44 of my classmates during Spring Break of my 2nd year at Fuqua. The gratification I got from it was totally worth all the hard work I put in it.

In conclusion, if you decide to go to business school, why not do it in a place that is going to help you grow as a person and also will be a lot of fun?

 

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So here goes my learning from Duke Info-session in Mumbai. I went as a gmatclub member more than a prospective student(since my focus is a one year MBA) so I guess I might have missed a few points.

All in all a very nice info-session. I believe the session goes in a very enriching direction if the school representative is an Alum(Jake from Fuqua 2011 batch).

Many of us reached before time so the Alum(Harshal) started engaging us with his stories and started taking questions. I should say there were very few funny questions, most of the people in info session were well researched. I had no idea about Fuqua but after 2 hours I took back quite a few things home.

Some information about the informal q&a session.

1. Being down south in the US, how people manage to network: Here Harshal spoke about Business cases, Internship events, networking opportunities through club visit. there are loads of companies coming to sniff out talent at Fuqua.

2. Career change is a very common thing post Fuqua, all the alums came from diverse industries and gave personal stories on how they changed their careers after Fuqua.

Official Presentation(Jake)

1. TEAM FUQUA : This was the them, Jake mentioned you might get sick of hearing this term on campus but also you will start living it. He showed picture of the 15 foot wall which everyone needs to climb at the start of the term(this is without any support or holders in the wall). A brilliant team building exercise.

2. 40 percent of the class is international, so there is lot of diversity. Harshal spoke about how diverse the study groups were during his time. And there were no two people from same country/same industry in the study group

3. Fuqua is very proud of its faculty, they have all the reason to be. Ranked number 1 in the world by bloomsberg

4. Think tanks: Research center, outside speaker. Companies coming on campus with real life problems and Fuqua students are exposed to those.

5. Jake mentioned his personal example of how he did an internship in Kenya and how team Fuqua was connected via social media during some unrest while he was there. The concept of Team Fuqua goes beyond classroom. He mentioned during school he got to experience Emerging Market, International Development and Consulting through his internship.

6. There were several discussions on Experiential learning, FCCP, GATE, Startup challenge(You can find more about these on their website)

7. Leadership seminar by renowned basketball coach Mike K.(Duke lives and breathes basketball so you cannot ignore it once you are at Fuqua)

8. All big companies come to Fuqua but time and again Jake was stressing thats not the only path and he quoted there are many people who are attracted by these companies but develop their own career path which does not involve the big blue chip companies.

9. Anuj(another alum) gave examples of how people from different country managed to land role in Branding, Retail Marketing( a general consensus was its tough to get into Brand Management within US if you are not from US but its not impossible)

10 Anuj also gave an example of Team Fuqua experience and how he was driven by 50-60 different people when he broke his collar bone and was not able to drive.

11. Every year 200-300 alums come to Fuqua for the alumni convention.

12. Average Age 29, Average Work ex 5.

13. For Indians there was a big discussion: Indian are second only to US student in terms of making up for the class size. Average 80 % GMAT range for Indian( Not official) 700-750, For the entire class(640-740).

14 Jake mentioned the importance of Optional essay to explain stuff, make it as concise as possible and deal with gaps in your profile. Don't treat optional essay as one of the achievement essays. State facts in optional essays. He said his personal preference while reading optional essays was Bullet points facts.

15. Discussion on two year vs 1 year(I controlled myself during this discussion :))

16. Lot of question on diverse industries, Social Impact, Media : There is a guy in current batch who wants to get into Bollywood Management(That's something: Bollywood is Indian(Mumbai) film industry)


I left 10 mins before the session ended during the Q&A session. All in all a very good experience met a few GMATclub members too :). Please chip in guys if i missed anything.(Took notes on phone)

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