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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 21:14
That was a prudent reply Prudence.

I can write all day long about my fav food, music, etc but how will it show my personality? FountainHead is my favorite book but it does not help my application because 30 Million people say the same thing. But when I say that I stopped xxx from doing an unethical act, I portray my self in a different light.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 21:39
Well yeah, just saying that the Fountainhead is your favorite book by itself doesn't say much IMHO

I found this article from Admissionado quite useful for my essays:

http://admissionado.com/mba/resources/m ... qualities/
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 21:54
This might be out of left field...but I wouldn't really mention fountainhead as my favorite book if I were applying to a school that is all about collaboration and collective team spirit.

On the other hand -- you could get away with something like -- Rorak's courtroom speech inspired you to always remain true to yourself no matter what....and when you faced XYZ ethical dilemma -- you knew what you had to do.

I think it's important to provide a lot of vivid details and imagery...go back to your creative writing class in college for inspiration. Write with passion -- it will show. If you just mention superficial things, then I don't think it will help you too much.

Funny is good too if you can pull it off.

But there is also a strategic element to this essay (in my humble opinion). As much as they say -- tell me about yourself -- you have to think about what qualities you want to emphasize to the ad com. I would say -- make sure you hit on big themes like -- compassion, humility, team work, etc. Those are all elements they will be looking for. So you can work those themes into your stories...in other words you want to tell them you are a compassionate person without actually using the word compassion.






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That was a prudent reply Prudence.

I can write all day long about my fav food, music, etc but how will it show my personality? FountainHead is my favorite book but it does not help my application because 30 Million people say the same thing. But when I say that I stopped xxx from doing an unethical act, I portray my self in a different light.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 00:24
I'm targeting Fuqua Round 2. Visited campus in 2010 on a business trip and was really impressed with the students' enthusiasm.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 02:26
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I am working on the "25 Random Things" essay and I have some questions. Please feel free to chime in!

The latter part of the question prompt - so learning these "25 Random Things" helps us get to know someone's personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you - beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of "25 Random Things" about YOU.


So based on the "25 Random Things" the Fuqua adcom wants to know the applicant's personality and who we are really. They want us to go beyond our Resume, which is meant for our accomplishments.

Questions that I have -

1. Does this mean that we cant talk about work at all? Few incidents in work life do impact you as a person such as ethical issues, frustrations ,etc. Can't we talk about them? Definitely they are not stated as achievement in the Resume.
2. Can we talk about community contribution? Fuqua application has separate place to feed that information.
3. Generally resume has a section where we talk about about interest and extra-curricular. Can we elaborate on some of them?


The way I see it, a resume would read like your list of greatest hits, but the 25 random things is a chance for you to tell them why/how you got those because of xyz qualities or things you did.

1. I think you can absolutely talk about work as long as it reveals something about you that they wouldn't come to know about otherwise through the essays. I'd stay away from talking about frustration, unless it reveals something positive about you.

2. Ditto for community service and special interests. Your resume might read: Volunteered in ABC organization, teaching Rwandan orphans..so don't put this kind of statement in the essay. Expand on it, tell them an incident that happened in Rwanda where you rose to the challenge or you got bitten by a snake and self administered first aid or something.

My $0.02 cents :) Does anyone else have any better ideas?



I think you've pretty much explained it.

There is no problem in citing things from work or anywhere else. Just make sure you give them an interesting incident/story/emotion or something which is not a mere fact listed somewhere on your application. (Rwandan orphans example)

I had a lot of time. So here is what I did.

Wrote everything I could think of in a few days. I had some 45 points when I began to write. Put them in an excel. Weeded the irrelevant. Clubbed a few.
Was left with 20 or so.

Divided them into 2 fields: 1.) School/UG/Work and 2.) Achievements/Passion/Community/Random.
Created a pivot and tried to have a fair mix of everything. There were a couple of areas where I was lacking. Say for eg. I had no passion in school or no community experience in UG. I tried to highlight that point in the rest of my 5 points.

Try to diversify your points (and keep in mind the themes that you want to project). And be careful of not projecting yourself in a negative light. (I had to cut down at least 3 "interesting" points). Use humor only if you're sure you can pull it off.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 08:46
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For the rest of you non-pivot table folks, I'm just having fun with the 25 things essay and am hoping my personality shines through. I think if I over-engineer this with categories, themes, etc my voice will get lost in the process. Just my two cents on how I'm approaching this one...there's obviously no right or wrong way here.

Good luck everyone. A few more weeks for R1..

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 11:32
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For the rest of you non-pivot table folks, I'm just having fun with the 25 things essay and am hoping my personality shines through. I think if I over-engineer this with categories, themes, etc my voice will get lost in the process. Just my two cents on how I'm approaching this one...there's obviously no right or wrong way here.

Good luck everyone. A few more weeks for R1..

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I think I've had the most fun with the Fuqua essays this year. Seriously, writing the same old tell me why, tell me how, tell me how you achieved, tell me how you sucked, tell me your weaknesses.. gets boring!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 18:02
I am scheduling my interview with Duke now. It seems there is a meeting with committee option as well.

I don't have many questions but just want to go and introduce myself. Is that a good idea? What is the meeting with admission committee intended for.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 22:26
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I am scheduling my interview with Duke now. It seems there is a meeting with committee option as well.

I don't have many questions but just want to go and introduce myself. Is that a good idea? What is the meeting with admission committee intended for.

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i was at the meeting with the committee. It's just a way to get some information nothing formal.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 15:34
hi did anybody visit Fuqua on 10th and 11th september for campus visit and interview?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 15:45
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hi did anybody visit Fuqua on 10th and 11th september for campus visit and interview?


i visited and interviewed on 9/10.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 16:18
I applied to Fuqua first round around Early Action. As I was perusing through my Fuqua application, I noticed 3 spelling mistakes in the application portion of the application(ecouraging - instead of encouraging (TWICE!), and monthy - rather than monthly). I used my work laptop to send the application, and it does not highlight misspelled words in red. Even though it is not in my essays, I am terrified that this is going to seriously reflect negatively on my overall application. Is there something that I can do to remedy this?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 16:21
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I applied to Fuqua first round around Early Action. As I was perusing through my Fuqua application, I noticed 3 spelling mistakes in the application portion of the application(ecouraging - instead of encouraging (TWICE!), and monthy - rather than monthly). I used my work laptop to send the application, and it does not highlight misspelled words in red. Even though it is not in my essays, I am terrified that this is going to seriously reflect negatively on my overall application. Is there something that I can do to remedy this?


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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 10:00
Four weeks from today, early action notification deadline. Application submitted, interview done, now waiting game begins...
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 15:32
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For the rest of you non-pivot table folks, I'm just having fun with the 25 things essay and am hoping my personality shines through. I think if I over-engineer this with categories, themes, etc my voice will get lost in the process. Just my two cents on how I'm approaching this one...there's obviously no right or wrong way here.

Good luck everyone. A few more weeks for R1..


I think this is the correct approach to take. Fuqua specifically says they want to get to know you beyond your transcripts and your resume. Look at the examples they've provided and I think you'll see this is what they're expecting. I would lean more towards things that come from your personal life unless it gets to passions.

http://blogs.fuqua.duke.edu/duke-mba/admissions/2012/07/19/application-essays-change-to-gain-greater-insights/#.UGt4hq5QiSo
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 17:35
did anyone actually use two whole pages for the 2nd essay (Why duke?)
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 23:11
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did anyone actually use two whole pages for the 2nd essay (Why duke?)



It actually depends on the font and margins you are using.

With moderate margins 2 pages is around 1200 words (10 point font; 1.5 spacing). I think 750-850 words should explain why duke (you can fit them in 2 pages with 12-13 font).

Saying that, I did use over 1000, because I added a lame story that ran too far into my essay. Kick myself for that now.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 23:13
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did anyone actually use two whole pages for the 2nd essay (Why duke?)

i did, had about 1000 words.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 23:13
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RoyHalladay wrote:
did anyone actually use two whole pages for the 2nd essay (Why duke?)



It actually depends on the font and margins you are using.

With moderate margins 2 pages is around 1200 words (10 point font; 1.5 spacing). I think 750-850 words should explain why duke (you can fit them in 2 pages with 12-13 font).

Saying that, I did use over 1000, because I added a lame story that ran too far into my essay. Kick myself for that now.


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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 01:14
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did anyone actually use two whole pages for the 2nd essay (Why duke?)


If you didn't you probably should be. I mean they have enough stuff in their program for 10 pages, and if you write less than the max, it seems like you have little to say.

Of course formatting tricks can always be used to help you write a bit more or a bit less! ;)

But in general, you should be finding that your first drafts should have MORE than what they want and not less. (so that you can still cut the fat to have a LEAN mean essay)
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