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# Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants!

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19 Aug 2008, 15:46
refurb wrote:
I would disagree. I think one can talk about a skill set that meshes well with the case study format. Skills like assertiveness, clear communication skills, "thinking on the fly", etc.
RF
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Okay, and how do you know these are skills emphasized in the case study format at Darden? You sat in on a class at Duke?
I mean you could say Darden student pelihu told us so on an internet message board, but that sounds a little weak.

This is a trick question! You have to talk about either a class visit or interactions with Darden alumni.

How much does the case study method differ between schools? I think you'd be OK talking about the case study method in generalities. No matter what school you go to, if they rely on case study you're going to have to have certain attributes to be successful, namely the ones I mentioned above.

Plus, you only have 250 words! It might be tough talking about your visit and fitting in enough to make for a good essay!

RF
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22 Aug 2008, 13:13
Switching focus for a second...How do you believe question 1 should be tackled? I don't see how one can talk about more than 1 pivotal moment in 500 words, if that moment really is a pivotal life changing decision? It says "decisions" but MUST be talk about more than one.

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27 Aug 2008, 16:46
jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:
Switching focus for a second...How do you believe question 1 should be tackled? I don't see how one can talk about more than 1 pivotal moment in 500 words, if that moment really is a pivotal life changing decision? It says "decisions" but MUST be talk about more than one.

I think you'll have to approach like any other goals essay, they don't give you any other place to do it. Instead of directly stating short and long term career goals, why MBA, why now, you'll have to phrase them as "pivotal life choices". You can leave the "why Darden" to the last essay.

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04 Sep 2008, 08:34
Anyone planning on visit anytime soon?
I wanted to go visit but have no time
Maybe next month for me....
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04 Sep 2008, 08:52
November for me, after I finish NYU.

fatb wrote:
Anyone planning on visit anytime soon?
I wanted to go visit but have no time
Maybe next month for me....

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09 Sep 2008, 08:15
Hey folks. Newbie to the board here. Applying R1.

Also, I went to UVA undergrad. As far as I'm concerned, Charlottesville is the best place to live, ever. Pretty seriously thinking about settling down there and starting my own business - after Darden, of course. So by all means, if you have a chip on your shoulder about the "South," don't bother applying. Stick to Tuck or NYU or something... makes it easier for me!

I dunno if this matters to anyone, but Darden is located right next to the Law school, so there's a lot of cross-socialization there. And you're pretty far away from the undergrads. Too bad, because UVA is heavy on hot women.

Wahoo-wa.

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09 Sep 2008, 09:54
Visited Darden yesterday. Great place! They managed to make their Accounting class fun (didnt know that was possible)

Anyway, a tip from admissions. Essay word limits mean LIMIT. DO NOT GO OVER.
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09 Sep 2008, 10:14
Just curious, even accounting and some math intensive finance classes are case study based?
I wonder how that can be done
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09 Sep 2008, 10:23
I was in Managerial Accounting class and before you enter, they give the visitors a copy of the case so they can follow along and understand. The case for accounting was short and included the finances and such for the company being discussed....I guess thats how it can fit with accounting.

fatb wrote:
Just curious, even accounting and some math intensive finance classes are case study based?
I wonder how that can be done

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21 Sep 2008, 05:35
I'm planning for R2.

Last edited by fall09 on 15 Oct 2008, 08:12, edited 1 time in total.

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24 Sep 2008, 18:04
So, I started my online application with Darden today. Hidden amongst some innocuous questions about education background is this beauty:

Please complete the following statement using 100 words or less.
I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

WTF? The asterisk means it's required. So vague. I guess it's some sort of written rorschach test. Any ideas?

p.s. What's with all the questions...family background, who else I'm interested in, etc. It's like a bad first date.

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24 Sep 2008, 18:52
McDargoiowkel wrote:
So, I started my online application with Darden today. Hidden amongst some innocuous questions about education background is this beauty:

Please complete the following statement using 100 words or less.
I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

WTF? The asterisk means it's required. So vague. I guess it's some sort of written rorschach test. Any ideas?

p.s. What's with all the questions...family background, who else I'm interested in, etc. It's like a bad first date.

Yikes! I've merely signed up for an account and sent notes to my recommenders. Thanks for the heads up on this so that I have time to mull that over. Anything else hiding that we should know about?

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24 Sep 2008, 19:17
Like I said, just the usual nonsense like "Who is your daddy and what does he do?" Honestly, when I saw that it kind of took the wind out of my sails and I started watching South Park. Live to fight another day...

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24 Sep 2008, 20:31
McDargoiowkel wrote:
So, I started my online application with Darden today. Hidden amongst some innocuous questions about education background is this beauty:

Please complete the following statement using 100 words or less.
I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

WTF? The asterisk means it's required. So vague. I guess it's some sort of written rorschach test. Any ideas?

p.s. What's with all the questions...family background, who else I'm interested in, etc. It's like a bad first date.

They didn't have that question when I applied (at least I don't recall, it's been a while) but it's only 100 words, so they are obviously limiting how much stuff they want you to put in this essay. I look at it as an opportunity to identify a few subjects to discuss in an interview; and to be creative and demonstrate some language skills. Pet-lover, expert in basket weaving? I don't look at it as a place to detail your abilities or technical skills.

(note, I have no influence or even regular contact with the admissions people here)

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26 Sep 2008, 03:15
I just noticed that the latest class profile for Darden is up.

http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/sta ... d=2&id=819

Avg GMAT, as expected, went up 5 points from 688 to 693.

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26 Sep 2008, 09:20
Did anyone attend class for writing Case Study Essay?

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26 Sep 2008, 11:31
Anyone attending today's "day in Darden" or something like that?
I wanted to go but my schedule does not allow it.
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27 Sep 2008, 10:32
anyone else have any comments on this lovely question....

I am a person who __________________________, with expertise in ____________________________. *

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27 Sep 2008, 11:50
Joining the darden train...I'm almost certain (95%) that I'll be applying for R2. I'll be finalizing my R2 plans this weekend so will keep everyone posted
woo!

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29 Sep 2008, 08:18
Hi guys,
Yet another aspirant of Darden MBA.
Am an Indian with 5 yrs of experience in IT industry.
Planning to apply in R1.

-Achilles

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