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# Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants!

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07 Oct 2008, 04:56
pelihu wrote:

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)

Do you think there's any significance to the fact that it's in the educational history section? Also, Darden provides no format for uploading your transcript.
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07 Oct 2008, 04:58
*sorry, it's under family history. so weird.
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07 Oct 2008, 10:34
any hints on Case Study Essay 3? I haven't visited the class yet to explain my experices from class.
So, I am planning to write, "have so and so experieces in my work environment which is similar to Case study and why i like this approach and what i am looking for from daraden case study"

is my approach correct?
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07 Oct 2008, 13:34
Anyone attending the info session in Atlanta this week?
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08 Oct 2008, 01:13
Anybody has any info whether Darden still has the GATE loan program for international students? Or any no-cosigner loan for int'l students?

And how is the consulting recruiting going this year? Any info will be welcome. Thanks people
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08 Oct 2008, 17:31
filmcity wrote:
Anybody has any info whether Darden still has the GATE loan program for international students? Or any no-cosigner loan for int'l students?

And how is the consulting recruiting going this year? Any info will be welcome. Thanks people

I believe that the GATE loan program expired as of this year, but last I heard they were trying to put something together so that international students could get the money they need without co-signers. I remember hearing this a few months ago, but of course, credit markets have deteriorated substantially since then (and even in the past weeks). Not sure how that will work out.

I believe consulting recruiting is robust this year, but that competition will be intense. There's a new BW article talking about bankers jumping over to consulting. I've talked to reps from BCG and McKinsey in the past week who have told me the same thing, that they plan to hire the same number of people (second year students) as last year, but that yield from their summer programs was much higher than normal. What this means is that spots available to new hires will be limited, and competition is much greater than normal with people who in past years would be returning with bulge-bracket offers (highly competitive candidates) now looking at consulting. I think first year recruiting is still good, but more people might be interested in those jobs.
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10 Oct 2008, 06:02
Attended the Darden reception last night.It was a fruitful one.

A number of current students and Alumni were there.I found some stuff for my 'Fit for case study' essay.

I got a couple of business cards.
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11 Oct 2008, 18:49
How we coming along with the essays? I know that there was some chatter a little while back regarding the case study, but I think relatively speaking, that is BY FAR the easiest of the three.

I'm having trouble with the pivotal choices essay on a couple levels. If the choice was say, more than a year ago (or two at the most), how could I possibly use that as a pivotal choice? Wouldn't I haven't gotten an MBA sooner (if it was such a pivotal choice)? Or if I had an interest that caused me to choose my goals when I was 15 or 16, how can I spin that as a pivotal choice for an MBA. Wouldn’t I have made decisions sooner in my life to draw me towards that interest (assuming I haven’t already done so)?

Also, the 2nd essay seems darn near impossible to tell the story in a manner that has substance and sufficient background, while describing how you learned the most. I'm having trouble telling the story in less than 200 words, at least in its current rendition). If I cut the wordcount, it seems to lose the importance of the event.
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13 Oct 2008, 19:26
ryguy904 wrote:
How we coming along with the essays? I know that there was some chatter a little while back regarding the case study, but I think relatively speaking, that is BY FAR the easiest of the three.

I'm having trouble with the pivotal choices essay on a couple levels. If the choice was say, more than a year ago (or two at the most), how could I possibly use that as a pivotal choice? Wouldn't I haven't gotten an MBA sooner (if it was such a pivotal choice)? Or if I had an interest that caused me to choose my goals when I was 15 or 16, how can I spin that as a pivotal choice for an MBA. Wouldn’t I have made decisions sooner in my life to draw me towards that interest (assuming I haven’t already done so)?

Also, the 2nd essay seems darn near impossible to tell the story in a manner that has substance and sufficient background, while describing how you learned the most. I'm having trouble telling the story in less than 200 words, at least in its current rendition). If I cut the wordcount, it seems to lose the importance of the event.

Clearly, that's part of the challenge. Few of us would have trouble writing expansive purple prose about the time we failed but ultimately succeeded and grew from the experience. Getting your point across in three paragraphs is a lot harder, but a good test of how you can produce a wealth of information with an economy of words.

Without giving too much away (we're supposed to be unique applicants...right?), I'll touch briefly on how I addressed "pivotal choices." I started broad and early, then came to recent and pointed. They were all pivotal choices; without the former, the latter choice would not even be an option.

Also, I'm fairly sure you get 250 words for the secondary essays. Maybe that helps?
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15 Oct 2008, 10:42
is it difficult for engineer to learn in Case Study environment?
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21 Oct 2008, 09:35
something kinda cool at Darden - apparently professors provide mid-quarter feedback on class participation and such. I don't think that's the case in many other schools (could be mistaken!)....

http://roshanker.blogspot.com/
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22 Oct 2008, 05:21
So what's the Darden social scene like? I've heard about the tndc but what else is out there? do most people actually go to TNDC?

cheers,
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22 Oct 2008, 06:50
ac8706 wrote:
So what's the Darden social scene like? I've heard about the tndc but what else is out there? do most people actually go to TNDC?

cheers,
ac.

what is tndc?
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22 Oct 2008, 07:07
Any GMATClubbers headed to the Fall Open House in November? I just booked my ride on Amtrak!

pelihu, are you going to be around Nov. 9th or 10th? Would love to pick your brains on a bunch of things, please. Pretty please.
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22 Oct 2008, 07:19
filmcity wrote:
ac8706 wrote:
So what's the Darden social scene like? I've heard about the tndc but what else is out there? do most people actually go to TNDC?

cheers,
ac.

what is tndc?

tndc = Thursday Night Drinking Club
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22 Oct 2008, 07:21
solaris1 wrote:
Any GMATClubbers headed to the Fall Open House in November? I just booked my ride on Amtrak!

pelihu, are you going to be around Nov. 9th or 10th? Would love to pick your brains on a bunch of things, please. Pretty please.

I'd love to go but have to travel for work from 11/3-11/16...to South Dakota...Yes I lead a glamorous life.
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22 Oct 2008, 07:49
Mount Rushmore is glamorous enough, I hear there's quite a party scene there.

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I'd love to go but have to travel for work from 11/3-11/16...to South Dakota...Yes I lead a glamorous life.
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22 Oct 2008, 07:56
solaris1 wrote:
Any GMATClubbers headed to the Fall Open House in November? I just booked my ride on Amtrak!

pelihu, are you going to be around Nov. 9th or 10th? Would love to pick your brains on a bunch of things, please. Pretty please.

I looked at flights yesterday.Wanted to have a campus visit and attend a class.But found that a direct flight from Atlanta is too costly.

Looking at other options.
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22 Oct 2008, 08:08
solaris1 wrote:
Mount Rushmore is glamorous enough, I hear there's quite a party scene there.

ac8706 wrote:
I'd love to go but have to travel for work from 11/3-11/16...to South Dakota...Yes I lead a glamorous life.

oh yea. It's just rocking. too bad I'm on the other end of the state (in Sioux Falls). Woo.
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22 Oct 2008, 08:35
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oh yea. It's just rocking. too bad I'm on the other end of the state (in Sioux Falls). Woo.

ac8706, +1 to you if that Mount Rushmore / "rocking" pun was intentional.

To the folks who've already visited Darden, Any recommendations on where to stay?
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