Fantastic thread threestripes. Sorry to resurrect an old thread- no, actually, I'm not sorry. It's an uplifting tale and something a lot of us can relate to and learn from, especially in the upcoming 2012-2013 application season.
This forum is definitely an amazing portal. I browse through the post history of various long-time contributing members and it's a bit surreal to see many others experiencing the same feelings of anxiety and excitement one year ago, and are now in a position to at least relish the triumphant feeling of acceptance, knowing where there short-term future is headed. But like you iterated threestripes, it'll only get harder and I'm sure you admitted folks are now preparing for new kinds of challenges (and fortunately/hopefully get to say goodbye to the yuckiness of applications forever).
I'm not exactly a Third Quadrant applicant, but a Fourth Quadrant applicant. 2.94 UGPA
and a 730 GMAT (w/ a strong verbal and AWA but a not-so-strong quant score). My UGPA looms over my head like a dark cloud, and snaps me down to reality everytime I start dreaming about life @ a top b-school and what I can achieve afterwards. But I'm determined to at least give it a shot. No regrets. Will be happy to report back after the application cycles are over... but spring 2013 never felt so far away.
Duke Fuqua is actually among my top 3 choices for schools I am planning to apply to and I am scheduled to attend an upcoming Duke Information Session event. What about Fuqua drew you in the most? Any questions or areas you feel should be worth exploring/asking at the infosession?
Thanks, OjilEye! I'm glad that you bumped this thread up as I hope my story inspires those with less than stellar stats to keep aiming high.
I read through your blog entries, and it seems like you have done a great job digging up valuable information on the MBA application process as well as schools in which you are interested. It also appears that you have gone through some of the peaks and troughs that almost every applicant experiences. And so, I urge you to soldier on.
As for your first question, a lot of things about Fuqua drew me in. The strong global brand, massive alumni network, amazing campus and incredible athletics programs were key factors. The curriculum, student-run clubs and the diversity of the class impressed me as well. However, the biggest contributor to my decision to make Duke my number one choice is the Team Fuqua culture. All schools always talk about the collaborative nature of their programs, but interacting with Fuquans truly made me feel as if I was already a part of the team even before I was accepted to Duke. It is a tight-knit family where everybody absolutely goes out of their way to help each other. Duke was initially just fourth on my list of schools, but after doing my research, I realized that it is the perfect fit for me.
As for your other question, I sincerely apologize for not being able to respond soon enough. According to your most recent blog entry, the infosession occurred a few days ago. It is too late for me to give you some advice specifically for the infosession. And so, I would just like to offer some tips for future inforsessions. When attending these events, make sure that you already know enough about the program so that your questions are not the standard questions that bore the adcom members. Ask them about particular concentrations/classes/clubs/fellowships that are unique to the school and are relevant to your future goals. These adcom representatives will more likely be engaged because they will know that you are genuinely interested in the program. And then, this could lead to them sharing valuable information about the program or offering to connect you with professors/student ambassadors.
I hope I have sufficiently answered your questions. Let me know if you have any others.
@threestripe: That is some story dude. U have inspired me so much that i have decided to join this committee just to reply to your post.
Most of all i agree with the last para that you wrote: this is a place for competitive as well as co-operative people who want to help each other. It is good to be a part of this community.
I have some personal questions regarding Fuqua. I will pm you.
Thanks, ninads! I am glad that you have joined the community. I hope you become an active member and inspire others to join as well. In case you have already sent me a message, I would like to let you know that I have not received anything. Please re-send at your earliest convenience as I would like to help out as best I could.
Application Profile: http://gmatclub.com/forum/2012-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-116595-20.html#p1009999
Application Story - The Third Quadrant Applicant: http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-third-quadrant-applicant-125929.html#p1027642