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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2008, 17:52
fall09 wrote:
Can anyone give tips on the 'Leader of consequence' essay?

Thanks


My approach (which isn't necessarily the best one) was to treat it as a long-term career goal essay, but instead of focusing on my career, I talked more about the impact I wanted to have.

So in my first essay I talked about wanting to work in a particular business function. In the last essay, I talked about using my new career to solve a major problem in my current industry. I also included an example from my past work experience where I tried to create change.

Does that help?

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2008, 18:20
That helps refurb.But why do you think that is not the best approach?
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 02:36
fall09 wrote:
That helps refurb.But why do you think that is not the best approach?


I only say that because the question is so open-ended. There are so many different ways to answer it that I can't say for certain mine is the best way.

In other words, if you think you've got a great idea on how to answer it, go for it!

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 10:08
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Interview Complete!

The interview was with a second year student.

Questions:

5-10 minute resume walkthrough.
Why MBA, why now?
Short term and long term goals?
Why Fuqua?
What will you contribute in and out of class?
What are your greatest strengths, weaknesses?
Give me an example of your leadership in action.
Give me an example of your teamwork.
How would you handle a difficult team member?
How would your colleagues describe you?
Give me an example of when your ethics were challenged.
If you do not get into any business schools, what will you do?

I think it went VERY well. The back and forth was great. We were both Seinfeld fans so we had some good laughs about Seinfeld references. Overall it lasted 45 min to 1 full hour.

Later in the day I did a campus tour and my tour guide was a guy I went to high school with in PA (I am still friend with his sister). We were totally weired out by how random it was.....

All in all, I had a GREAT experience. LOVED FUQUA.


Thanks for sharing your interview experience with us. I am very excited about my upcoming trip to Fuqua.....will let you guys know ..
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 15:35
Another application conundrum!

I've got essays 1-3 to fit on a single page, 11 point font, 1.5 line spacing and standard margins.

I'm having trouble fitting my fourth essay on two pages using the above format. Looking at the online application, the blurb about essay four says "2 page limit, please use a font no smaller than 10 point".

If I use 10 point, I can fit it all on (~1000 words). However, it's really small. I mean, I wouldn't want to have to read it.

Should I do more editing or submit it as 10 point font?

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 15:45
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Another application conundrum!

I've got essays 1-3 to fit on a single page, 11 point font, 1.5 line spacing and standard margins.

I'm having trouble fitting my fourth essay on two pages using the above format. Looking at the online application, the blurb about essay four says "2 page limit, please use a font no smaller than 10 point".

If I use 10 point, I can fit it all on (~1000 words). However, it's really small. I mean, I wouldn't want to have to read it.

Should I do more editing or submit it as 10 point font?

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I think it would be good to have all the essays follow the same format, font size etc..
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 16:08
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I think it would be good to have all the essays follow the same format, font size etc..


So I should make all the essays 10 point font? :wink:

Just kidding. I agree with you. I think any benefit I get from keeping the extra content will be lost by the adcom thinking "This guy is a jerk for making me read this small print!"

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 19:45
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prospect wrote:
I think it would be good to have all the essays follow the same format, font size etc..


So I should make all the essays 10 point font? :wink:

Just kidding. I agree with you. I think any benefit I get from keeping the extra content will be lost by the adcom thinking "This guy is a jerk for making me read this small print!"

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shrink the margins some?
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 02:41
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prospect wrote:
I think it would be good to have all the essays follow the same format, font size etc..


So I should make all the essays 10 point font? :wink:

Just kidding. I agree with you. I think any benefit I get from keeping the extra content will be lost by the adcom thinking "This guy is a jerk for making me read this small print!"

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shrink the margins some?


I would do that if I was a line or two over the two page limit, but I'm more like 1/2 page over. I'd have to get rid of the margins all together!

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 06:03
I think you need to edit a bit then...sorry :(
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 08:37
I attended the info session in Santa Monica last night. Only about 15 prospective students. In addition to an adcom officer, the associate dean made a surprise appearance (I think he coincidentally happened to be traveling to LA). There were also three alumni who attended.

A couple of takeaways:
1) During the presentation, they beat the "leader of consequence" bit to death. :beat Based on this, I have no doubt that success on essay #4 is going to be CRITICAL to one's success on the application.
2) The staff and alumni were super duper friendly. I've been to probably 5-6 of these events over the last 2 years, and this was by far the friendliest group of people. The adcom was very warm and inviting and not intimidating at all. It was almost as if they were so thankful that we attended and wanted to give as much info on the program/process as possible.

As a (personal) side note, I spent a good deal of time chatting with the associate dean and the adcom member after the session. I seriously got a free 20 minute interview. My work experience is pretty interesting (especially considering what is going on with the financial/credit markets right now) and I felt like I really had a great opportunity to articulate my candidacy through my experiences. I hadn't planned to go into this whole spiel, but things just kind of went that direction. Not sure if these folks are coming to a town near you, but if there was a small turnout for the reception in LA, then you are likely to get some decent personal attention in another city as well.
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 11:19
Dang, sound like a good info session. To bad I was in Hanover or I would have gone.
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 18:31
raabenb wrote:
Interview Complete!

The interview was with a second year student.

Questions:

5-10 minute resume walkthrough.
Why MBA, why now?
Short term and long term goals?
Why Fuqua?
What will you contribute in and out of class?
What are your greatest strengths, weaknesses?
Give me an example of your leadership in action.
Give me an example of your teamwork.
How would you handle a difficult team member?
How would your colleagues describe you?
Give me an example of when your ethics were challenged.
If you do not get into any business schools, what will you do?

I think it went VERY well. The back and forth was great. We were both Seinfeld fans so we had some good laughs about Seinfeld references. Overall it lasted 45 min to 1 full hour.

Later in the day I did a campus tour and my tour guide was a guy I went to high school with in PA (I am still friend with his sister). We were totally weired out by how random it was.....

All in all, I had a GREAT experience. LOVED FUQUA.


Nice write up - I'm glad to see the interview was straightforward.

Did you move Duke up in your list at all based on your visit?
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 18:47
Fuqua was always tied for my top choice. I was even aiming for an EA submission but now I will have to hit Round 1. It really is a fun and exciting place.
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 18:59
Cool I hope you get in.

I'm thinking about applying EA next year provided I like it when I visit this winter...so tough to choose though.
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 07:39
I attended the info session in Dallas last night. There were around 15-18 prospective students, 3 alumni, one 2nd year student who had come down for the Texas info sessions ( which was really amazing) and one admissions rep.

The alumni were amazing, extremely friendly and very easy to talk to. And yes they did talk about the "leader of consequence" a lot and also about how much Fuqua values team work. The session was pretty long, started at 7 and ended at 9! The 2nd year student talked about the curriculum and different clubs at Fuqua, she was very enthusiastic about the Fuqua program which really helped.

Also came to know that all interviews will be conducted by the 2nd year students.
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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 11:39
Woo. Booked ticket to NC for the interview. Anyone know roughly how much it costs to take a cab from airport-Fuqua-airport? I'm getting a car rental for around 40 bucks...is that less than the cost of cab?

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 11:49
My cab ride was $42! Close and less hassle!

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Woo. Booked ticket to NC for the interview. Anyone know roughly how much it costs to take a cab from airport-Fuqua-airport? I'm getting a car rental for around 40 bucks...is that less than the cost of cab?

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 11:52
Ooh. Was that $42 each way or round trip?
I'm actually flying in on Friday night then: airport-> hotel -> Sat AM to Fuqua -> back to airport. I know the hotel has a free shuttle to Fuqua so that should help lower the cost....

thanx for your help!
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My cab ride was $42! Close and less hassle!

ac8706 wrote:
Woo. Booked ticket to NC for the interview. Anyone know roughly how much it costs to take a cab from airport-Fuqua-airport? I'm getting a car rental for around 40 bucks...is that less than the cost of cab?

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Re: Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 11:57
$42 from airport to Fuqua, $46 from Fuqua to the airport.
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