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Hey guys. Been a while since I was on GC. As my signature says, I recently graduated from Fuqua, and I'd be happy to answer questions about B-school - academics, life, careers, etc. I have close friends at Darden, Haas, Kellogg and Ross, and can speak somewhat about how similar (and different) Fuqua is from those peer schools.

First thing I'd say, though, is - chill out! B-school is very easy, academically. It won't get you a job - YOU will always have to do that - but an MBA from a brand-name school has proven extremely useful for me. The administrations of all these schools pretty equally suck for customer service. Definitely do study abroad - mine was a really amazing experience, though again, not for the academic part. B-school is a little like re-living your undergrad days again. Lots of bar nights, theme parties and scurrilous activities. Remember why you're going: to get a better job. Don't buy too much into all this stuff about the "culture" and "fit" every school offers. Culture is important, I guess, but it's a very subjective thing, and any reasonably large school will offer a niche you'll fall into.

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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 08:13
Please evaluate my profile

Indian Male 27 years
GMAT : 680 ( Q48 V 35)
GPA: 8/10 ( Indian Institute of Technology)
Work experience : 3+ (Automobile -Product development)
1) Excellent growth from entry to lead position in short span of time
2) Currently leading a team of 5 engineers
3) Received award from company
4) Acting as an interface between multicultural team
5) Instrumental in Business development

other
1) Table tennis player( Played at institute level)
2) Dramatics
3) Choosen at Undergraduate level for exchange programmes at
different foreign universities. Rated excellent for the work

I wanted to apply for ISB, INSEAD, HEC and top 15 colleges in US. Please suggest me whether I stand any chances for the
mentioned colleges. Which colleges should I apply in US?Post mba I want to enter in General management/consultancy
Do you suggest I give GMAT again to strengthen my chances?
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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 18:45
Congrats on your graduation from Fuqua. I will be applying for the program starting next fall. I have gone over the Fuqua website several times and have a tough time finding any information on alumni ambassadors or any way of getting in touch with Alumni.
I would like to speak and if possible have a face to face meeting with alums local to my area. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get access to past grads contact information other than paying up on linked-in? Does Fuqua have any alumni ambassadors?

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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 19:03
Why does Fuqua's website have such poor navigation and design and when will it be revamped?
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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 14:55
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@Shantanu8jan - GMAT is probably a little low. You're coming from a very competitive demographic. I don't know much about admissions, but you'll need to really stand out in some other way. Try improving that score 80-100 points.

Rsriram586 - I dunno if Fuqua runs a program like the one you're thinking of (as some other schools do). That said, they do hold information sessions in major cities around the world - all over the U.S., Europe, India, China, parts of Latin America and Africa. My suggestion would be to check out one of those: http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/events/

Also, you can just email the admissions office and ask if there are any alumni in your area willing to talk to a prospective. From the alumni side, we're always getting emails from Fuqua asking for volunteers to talk to prospective students. So it's worth a shot.

@sniperssk - Agreed, the website sucks. Don't hold your breath for any major changes, though.
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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 15:07
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P.S. I have verified the users email address indeed is from Fuqua :)
Good luck to everyone applying this year!

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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 05:56
Hey '110038496'. Thanks for doing this, much appreciated.

Disclaimer - I've posted the same question on Calling Duke 2012 applicants. So please ignore if you're on that too.

So here goes -
I am trying to decided between doing an open interview vs. waiting for an invite.

I feel like it would be really hard for me to take a week or so for interview preparation before the 14th of Oct since I'm also applying in R1 to Ross and Booth with deadlines on 10th and 12th Oct.

I understand that it is strongly encouraged to visit campus before applying and I fully endorse that idea. In fact I plan to visit campus before submitting my R1 app on Nov 1. Just that I don't feel so strongly about interviewing before Oct 14.

So basically my plan is to -
Visit Campus in Oct -> Submit Application in Nov -> Wait for Interview Invite.

Will it show lack of commitment to not do an open interview and in turn hurt my chances? Do you have an idea about how many admits go through open vs. invitation interviews?

Thanks.
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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 10:49
Hi 110038496,
Could you please specify exactly what was 'MBA from a brand-name school has proven extremely useful for me' in your case? I agree that is fun and interesting, but those things you can get in a nice diver's club in thailand. What are the things (for you personally) that in the hindsight made sense attending the school?
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Re: Fuqua class of 2011 grad - taking questions [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 10:57
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Thanks for questions, I am interested too.
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