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# Darden -Essay Word Limit

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08 Aug 2006, 05:51
Darden this year has specified the word limit for its essays. If the word limit on the goals essay is 500 words, what is an acceptable word count range ?

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09 Aug 2006, 10:17
anirudh2004 wrote:
Darden this year has specified the word limit for its essays. If the word limit on the goals essay is 500 words, what is an acceptable word count range ?

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Anirudh2004,

You should be able to go up to 550 words (i.e., 10% over) without peeving them off.

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16 Aug 2006, 06:56
Thank you Paul for the response. I had another question related to Darden's essay question.

Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals?

Is there a preferred sequence for answering this question i.e,

short-term goals --> long term goals ---> Why MBA for reaching my STG and LTG ---> Why UVA

vs

Why MBA ---> Short-term Goals ---> Long Term Goals ---> Why UVA

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16 Aug 2006, 09:03
mba2007 wrote:
Thank you Paul for the response. I had another question related to Darden's essay question.

Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals?

Is there a preferred sequence for answering this question i.e,

short-term goals --> long term goals ---> Why MBA for reaching my STG and LTG ---> Why UVA

vs

Why MBA ---> Short-term Goals ---> Long Term Goals ---> Why UVA

Thanks!

mba2007,

Both the sequences you mentioned could work, and certainly the schools have no preference as long as the essay unfolds logically and each "piece" is integrated with the others. I discuss this very question of goals essay organization in detail in my book.

Good luck,
16 Aug 2006, 09:03
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