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Calling all Darden-UVA Applicants (2016 Intake) Class of 2018

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Sara Neher: Real Humans of MBA Admissions with Clear Admit  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Sara Neher: Real Humans of MBA Admissions with Clear Admit
Clear Admit recently started a series called Real Humans of MBA Admissions, and Darden’s very own Dean of Admissions, Sara Neher, got to kick off the series. Catch a sneak peak of Sara’s responses below, and then head over to Clear Admit to read (and watch!) Sara’s full interview. She had a lot of fun answering the questions, and her dog, Dora, even makes an appearance!

Coffee or tea? Diet coke

Beach or mountains? Beach

Morning person or night owl? Night owl

Pet peeve? Not speaking up for yourself

Guilty pleasure? The Bachelor and Bachelorette

Favorite virtue in others? Integrity

The rest of the interview is available at Clear Admit!

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Tips for Submitting Your Best B-School Application  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Tips for Submitting Your Best B-School Application
Now that our application is live and we are on the road at events, we wanted to share a few tips on how to make your business school application as strong as possible.

  • Be able to articulate your ‘why MBA?’
Why do you want to get your MBA? It may seem like the simplest question, but it’s also one of the most important. The most successful b-school candidates can authentically articulate where they are coming from, where they want to go, and how an MBA will help them get there. Sharing your ‘why MBA’ with friends and family throughout the application process can be a great way to build confidence and enthusiasm prior to answering this question in an admissions interview.

[*]Do your research[/list]
Before you hit submit, do as much research as you can to make sure you are applying to schools that are right for you and your goals. Learn about the community, the academics and career support. Do they align with what you are looking for in a business school?

Don’t forget that fit goes two ways — and you feeling like you would fit in at a school is just as important as the school deciding that you are a good fit for its class.

[*]Know your strengths[/list]
Business schools are looking for candidates who will contribute to the community in a meaningful way – and there are many ways to do that. Think of what makes you unique and highlight that in your application and interview. What perspective will you bring to the classroom? How will you contribute to the community? We want to know how your background and experiences will shape our global community.

[*]….And your weaknesses[/list]
Maybe you don’t have much quantitative experience, or your undergraduate GPA had its lower moments. Maybe you haven’t had a lot of experience in a global arena. We recognize that you are seeking an MBA to grow, learn and fill in some gaps. Consider signing up for a course like Darden Business Essentials for an introduction to business school topics and fundamental areas like Accounting, Finance, Operations and Marketing. Focus on your strengths, and also be aware of your weaknesses and how you want address them throughout the application.

Most importantly, you should complete your application with great thought and care. For more tips on applying to business school, watch Sara Neher’s application tips video series, come visit us in Charlottesville, or meet us out on the road! We look forward to getting to know you this application cycle.

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Summer Stories from the Tech Club  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Summer Stories from the Tech Club
The Technology Club is one of over 50 student-run clubs and organizations here at Darden. With over 200 members, the Tech Club is dedicated to connecting its members with opportunities at tech companies, providing industry knowledge from thought leaders, offering hands-on skills training, and providing mentorship and recruiting support.

This summer, members of the Tech Club are hard at work at internships around the globe, and  few of them are sharing their intern experiences with us. We’ll post the stories one by one on the blog, or you can head over to the Darden Technology Club’s website to read more of them and to learn more about what the Tech Club has to offer. Enjoy!

Alyssa Apolonia, ’17: Google, San Francisco
Sunny during the day, “freezing” at night, busy, and bustling with techies catching their morning commutes bus to South Bay– San Francisco is a unique city.  I have never seen such volumes of tech in one place.  The past four weeks have been interesting, challenging, and fun, as I have begun my sojourn as a Financial Operations Intern at Google.

Originally from the east coast, I have made several moves over the past few years…from Baltimore, to DC, to Charlottesville, and now this three-month stay on the wonderful west coast for the summer. While San Francisco has been a big change for me, it has also been a delight. San Francisco offers the most beautiful coastal drives, fun red wood hikes, plenty of beaches within an hour drive, wine tasting rivaling Charlottesville vineyards, and the best Mexican food you’ll have outside of Mexico.

Google has been a super challenging and interesting MBA internship, not to mention the perks don’t hurt. Their unique format consists of interns solving some of Google’s biggest problems in the form of a question. For example, my project question is “How can we prevent Google from missing payments to suppliers and vendors?” These questions are usually open ended and ambiguous in nature with the intention that the intern will come up with a creative solution with as much breadth and depth as they see fit. They assign you one manager and a minimum of three mentors (most people end up with four or five mentors) to help you along the way. The internship is designed to ensure that the intern is thinking critically about how to solve real business problems while also offering as much support as you may need.

As far as the Google culture, here are some things you may not know:

  • Google is extremely transparent with anything and everything going on with the company to its employees. That means once you’re “in”, you’re really “in” even as an intern. We can talk to any employee about their projects, products, costs, etc. Every employee can beta test earlier versions of products and have insights to early releases. However, the flip side of that means we don’t share with anyone outside the company, sorry guys!
  • The culture is super flat. My manager, his manager, all the way up to high level directors sit in cubicles with high accessibility. There are no private offices because they want to promote a collaborative environment. In addition, people who are newer to the company are encouraged to not be afraid to speak up. They think a fresh pair of eyes and that newer perspective can inspire innovative change – no matter how little experience at Google you might have. Some of Google’s biggest changes have come from people with less than three months at the company.
  • The perks are actually not what makes the company. Yes massages, electric cars, haircuts, sparkling water, frozen yogurt, and baristas are nice to have. However, people are there everyday because they’re passionate about the work they’re doing and they believe in the mission of Google. They’re inspired by the growth and innovation – and that is really what keeps people here.
The MBA is extremely valued at Google –a company dominated by engineers. They need us to have a holistic and big picture perspective. It is nice to see the type of value an MBA adds to a highly tech focused company. I’m excited to continue to learn and grow through this summer. I’m grateful for the opportunity and look forward to helping Google increase its Darden presence next year.

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden 2016 Fall Open Houses
We are thrilled to announce that our 2016 Open Houses are now open for registration.

Darden offers several open houses throughout the fall season to help prospective students learn more about the school. Each event includes a full day of programming designed to help you assess your fit with the program and the Darden community. This year, each open house will also include a discussion of a specific area of interest for prospective students.

You can find topics and registration links below. Prospective applicants are welcome to attend any one of these open houses, but are encouraged to visit on the day that most closely aligns with their interests.

Monday, 5 September

Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Register

Monday, 12 September

Business in Society – Register

Monday, 19 September

Women at Darden – Register

Monday, 26 September

Asset Management & Investing – Register

Monday, 3 October

Technology & Data Analytics – Register

Monday, 10 October

Military at Darden – Register

Thursday, 27 October and Friday, 28 October18

Diversity at Darden – Register

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Summer Stories from the Tech Club, Part 2  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Summer Stories from the Tech Club, Part 2
We’re back with another summer internship story from the Tech Club. Linden Schult (Class of 2017) is in Seattle this summer, interning with Amazon. See what she has to say below:

Linden Schult ’17 – Amazon, Seattle
What a whirlwind! I can’t believe I’m starting my fourth week as an RLD Intern at Amazon. In some ways, everything you have heard about Amazon is true – there’s only a day and a half of orientation, and then you dive right into your project. There’s a steep learning curve, it’s up to you to drive your project, and they expect results. However, the infamous NY Times article missed why Amazon is such an amazing place to work.

There’s a steep learning curve – it’s almost hard to comprehend how much I’ve learned in three weeks. Amazon is a tech company first and foremost. It’s incredible to learn about neat initiatives the company is working on and the ways in which employees drive innovation.

It’s up to YOU to drive your project – you’re given your project topic and some key stakeholders, and it’s up to you to figure it out. You setup meetings, you dig into the data, you come with ideas. And it’s awesome. You get to structure your schedule and balance meetings and work in the way that is best for you. I’ve found that I enjoy getting to the office very early, working on my own for a few hours, getting lunch with friends, and then having back-to-back afternoon meetings.

They expect results – My final deliverable will have real business implications for Amazon. The projects you are given are real business questions that people are asking. I get to work with people across different teams every day. On multiple occasions, I have scheduled a meeting with one person, who has then invited a few others who also want to talk about my project. I know the bar is high for my final deliverable, but I know that I’m working on something important and that Amazon values my recommendation.

My favorite part about working at Amazon? The people. I work on the Kitchen team, and it’s wonderful. Even though I’m an intern, I sit with the team and learn about the different roles, responsibilities, and projects. Most importantly, everyone makes a point to stop by my desk, say hello, and offer to sit down with me if I have any questions. There are no stupid questions. You’re encourage to ask questions and dive into things, whether they are specifically related to your project or about working full time at Amazon. People are approachable, helpful, and friendly.

I’ve enjoyed my first three weeks and I’m excited for the next eight!

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