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For an extra-strong dose of concrete MBA admissions advice, tune in to our conversation with Liz Riley Hargrove, Associate Dean for Admissions at The Fuqua School of Business. She is the woman responsible for all elements of the applicant evaluation process at one of the world’s top b-schools. In fact, Bloomberg Business ranked Fuqua #1 in its 2014 ranking.

We couldn’t be more excited to have Liz Riley Hargrove as the star of this episode of Admissions Straight Talk.
00:02:02 – A customized b-school experience: The Duke 2-year MBA program.

00:03:30 – No conflict here: the fusion of team culture and consequential leadership.

00:08:49 – Profile of a recent grad who is doing something super exciting.

00:11:33 – Fuqua’s position on GMAT vs GRE.

00:14:47 – One thing not enough people realize about Fuqua.

00:16:35 –  A look at the Energy Finance and Energy and Environment concentrations.

00:18:36 – About Fuqua’s 25 random facts application question (and why its optional).

00:20:41 – Understanding how the open interview season works and what the adcom wants from you.

00:23:13 – What makes Liz excited about an application.

00:24:14 – The Golden Rule for applicants: Tell the story that only you can tell.

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Related links:
• Duke Fuqua Application Instructions
Why Fuqua and the Leadership
• The MBA Gatekeeper At Duke’s Fuqua School

Related shows:
The Admissions Team at the Very Center of Business
It’s MBA Season: Do You Know Where Your Applications Are?
Bruce DelMonico on The Yale School of Management • Interview with Sheryl Dirks, Associate Dean for Career Management at Duke Fuqua

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Duke Fuqua’s website tells applicants to “Be a leader who demonstrates competence, character, and purpose—a thinker and a doer who can maneuver the complexities of interdependent issues.” With the right application strategy you can use this set of essays to demonstrate you are the kind of leader the admissions committee is looking for.

Don’t forget the personal – in this essay set you have the opportunity to add 25 new facts to round out your profile. As always, it is important to demonstrate that you know Duke Fuqua well and are a strong fit with the program. Starting your research and personal networking now will put you in a solid position to prepare the most specific and effective essays.

Stacy Blackman Consulting can help you prepare a compelling, individualized strategy to approach your Duke Fuqua application this year, contact usto learn more.

REQUIRED SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS

Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

1. What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
2. What are your long-term goals?
3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

This career goals essay asks for your plan in three parts. First, you should describe what you plan to do immediately after your MBA. Then you’ll explain the long-term vision for your career. Finally, Duke admits that many career paths are forged through circumstance, and asks you for your Plan B.

Think big picture and focus on the overall story trajectory. What would be the most logical (and interesting) progression from your current skill set and MBA education? How will your next step flow from the combination of those experiences? And your alternative path ideally isn’t a massive departure, but simply shows the areas you could see yourself exploring if your primary plan doesn’t materialize.

For example, perhaps you are focused on becoming a marketing executive at a CPG company. If you don’t find the suitable position after Duke, maybe you would consider marketing for a retailer as your alternate career path because marketing is still the core function you are interested in. Alternatively, you may have two disparate interests and want to consider both of them. Perhaps your Plan A is to join a consulting firm after graduation, but if you don’t receive a spot among your top choices you would think about being in management for a start up as another possible path. Think about your range of interests and go from there.

Because you have limited space, you’ll have to boil your plans down in a clear statement of what you plan to do, but ideally any plans are supported by the information provided in your resume, recommendations, and other essays.

FIRST REQUIRED ESSAY: 25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF

Instructions: Answer the following question — present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

The “Team Fuqua” spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.

This essay is entirely open ended and you can cover topics spanning your personal background, work experiences, values or extracurriculars. If you have a particularly interesting story in any of those areas, this is the place to tell that story. Whatever areas you choose to highlight, make sure you are following the admissions committee’s advice to share what makes you a dynamic, multi-dimensional person.

Coming up with 25 random things to list in this essay may seem daunting at first. To jumpstart your creative process you may want to brainstorm with friends and family about what is most interesting and memorable about you. Or keep a notebook with you to record thoughts as you go about work and personal activities.

When you have decided what the 25 random things about you are you’ll likely be wondering how to set up the list. There’s a few possible ways to structure the list: chronologically, chunking the list into themes, or even alphabetically. Structuring the list to make it easy to read and follow will be appreciated, but resist the urge to package the list too perfectly. Remember that the primary purpose of this essay/list is to show Duke your multi-faceted life and interests.

SECOND REQUIRED ESSAY (CHOOSE 1 OF 2)

Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length, and should reflect your knowledge of the Fuqua program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

Both of these essay question options are entirely focused on why the Duke MBA program is the right place for you specifically. This may be another opportunity to demonstrate your multi-dimensional personality as you explain which classes, clubs, and community activities most resonate with you.

Option 1: Why Duke: When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

The best essays will be both specific and personal. While everyone benefits from a diverse alumni network, what specifically do you want to give and receive from your classmates? If you describe clubs and classes you are attracted to, also offer specific examples from your past experiences to show your consistent personal or professional passions.

While the focus of the essay is the Duke MBA program, you are also being asked why these aspects are most meaningful. Your fit with the program is crucial, and therefore you must exhibit the qualities Duke is seeking as well. The Duke MBA program is especially interested in your role within the community, and will place significant weight on this factor. If you research thoroughly and are specific, you should be able to clearly demonstrate why you are going to be strong contributor and teammate.

This essay can also be a place to talk about how the Duke MBA fits into your career goals. What do you know now that will be enhanced through your MBA education? And what crucial aspects of the skill set required for your future career will be augmented by attending Duke?

Option 2: Team Fuqua Principles: The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

1. Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
2. Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
3. Collective Diversity: We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
4. Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
5. Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
6. Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.

This option for the “Why Duke” essay requires as much introspection as the previous option, but more explicitly asks for research into the community and the aspects you identify with most. In some ways this a more structured question to answer and it may be a reasonable place to start whether you choose to answer this option or the previous option.

Choosing one of the six principles certainly doesn’t mean the other five are not relevant. While you will want to choose the one you think resonates most with your personality and values, it will enhance your application to touch upon the others that are particularly meaningful to you.

As in the prior option you can use this essay to also communicate a bit about your career goals at Duke, particularly if you focus on Supportive Ambition or Impactful Stewardship and factors of how the community will impact your future career and how you plan to give back to others or what kind of leader you will be. However, the main focus should be your community involvement and how you plan to improve the experience of others at Duke both in and outside the classroom.

Optional Essay

If you feel there are circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance).

Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your circumstances only.
Limit your response to two pages.

As with most optional essays, the Duke MBA asks that you use this space only to explain extenuating circumstances. If you have a low GPA, lack a recommendation from your current supervisor or gaps in work history this is the correct place to address those issues. If you do not have any of those areas to explain, it’s best to skip this question and focus only on the previous three essays.

When approaching any concerns about your background in the optional essay it’s important to focus on recent performance, whether academic or professional, and what such performance demonstrates about your ability. Your goal is to remove questions from your application and to address in a factual manner any information the admissions committee needs to know to fairly evaluate your application. The essay should convey, in a positive manner, that you know there could be questions about your background but you have thoroughly improved in any areas necessary.

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What are the pros and cons of R1 Vs EA excluding the point that EA is binding.. I love Fuqua and will be more than happy to join in EA.

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As you already aware, EA is binding, which means you are committing upfront that you will matriculate to Fuqua regardless of whether you get a scholarship or not.

Before making that commitment, I strongly recommend understanding the culture at Fuqua and your fit into its culture, as well as how Fuqua would position you towards your goals. I was as EA applicant myself, and I talked to a number of students and alums before committing myself.

Some Pro vs Cons (I am trying to remain unbiased :twisted: ) of applying to EA.

Pros
1) Your chances of admission are slightly higher as compared to other rounds.
2) You will have your admission decision pretty early (end oct), which will enable you to plan your transition to b-school in a better manner.
3) Adcoms need lesser convincing that you are really passionate about coming to Fuqua (since you have already committed).

cons
1) You will have to matriculate with or without scholarship.
2) You have to make a slightly bigger deposit upfront ($3000 vs $2000).

Hope it helps.



Hi Udit,

Thanks for the detailed response! That helps. I had a question on tech entrepreneurs, as in how does the school view international entrepreneurs? I am aware the research Triangle park is the biggest recruiter for internationals when it comes to tech roles in product management, but I am a little concerned about my role/opportunities post MBA as an Indian.
Can you elucidate?

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Varun,
As far as my information goes, getting a work visa in a startup in US would be difficult. All significantly large tech firms such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle etc recruit from Fuqua. The typical roles are product management and operations. A lot of international students get placed in these companies.
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Thanks a lot for the info.

I had a doubt regarding EA . Columbia has a similar option.
What if a person applies for both and gets through both. Since both are binding in nature
what is the applicant supposed to do ?

Secondly , does it give u a significant advantage if u apply in EA instead of R1 as far admission chances are concerned ??

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I had a doubt regarding EA . Columbia has a similar option.
What if a person applies for both and gets through both. Since both are binding in nature
what is the applicant supposed to do ?

Secondly , does it give u a significant advantage if u apply in EA instead of R1 as far admission chances are concerned ??

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I would recommend picking your favorite between the two schools and applying EA there and apply R1 to the other. When you apply EA you have to state that you will withdraw all other applications if you are accepted. If I was unable to make that commitment then I would personally feel like I was lying when certifying that I would abide by the rule. For admissions chances, I think EA is great for a "marginal" applicant because you give the school the security of knowing that you will accept their offer if they decide to take a chance on you. So with that I think that there is some slight advantage of EA over R1. There is a definite advantage of EA over R3. It also allows you to spread out your applications so that you don't have so many R1's that you can't give a great effort to those applications. If your #1 school offers EA then do it. If you have 2 #1's, then pick a favorite and apply EA there.

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Thanks a lot for the info.

I had a doubt regarding EA . Columbia has a similar option.
What if a person applies for both and gets through both. Since both are binding in nature
what is the applicant supposed to do ?

Secondly , does it give u a significant advantage if u apply in EA instead of R1 as far admission chances are concerned ??

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I would recommend picking your favorite between the two schools and applying EA there and apply R1 to the other. When you apply EA you have to state that you will withdraw all other applications if you are accepted. If I was unable to make that commitment then I would personally feel like I was lying when certifying that I would abide by the rule. For admissions chances, I think EA is great for a "marginal" applicant because you give the school the security of knowing that you will accept their offer if they decide to take a chance on you. So with that I think that there is some slight advantage of EA over R1. There is a definite advantage of EA over R3. It also allows you to spread out your applications so that you don't have so many R1's that you can't give a great effort to those applications. If your #1 school offers EA then do it. If you have 2 #1's, then pick a favorite and apply EA there.


This is verbatim from the Fuqua application on the Early Decision Certification:
"Candidates who apply through the Early Decision program may apply to other programs, but are not permitted to apply to other binding early decision programs."

If you apply to both, you essentially break the honor code for both schools. The least harm if you choose not to go to the school is you're required to pay their deposit fee. But what's possibly worse are the potential repercussions of basically committing to both schools. I haven't heard or read about what happens when someone backs out of ED for one school, let alone doing ED for two schools (which may be even worse). As suggested by the prior post, pick the one you like more to apply ED. Think about it from the perspective of being a member of the admissions committee or someone who was told a promise. Why take a chance where you can get caught breaking the rules and where schools can inform each other of it? Others have probably weighed in regarding doing this, but you don't want to be indecisive and communicate to them that you'll jump to the best option when it means you break your word. Ethics still mean something in this world.

Also, regarding the advantages of EA, the chances may appear easier to get accepted possibly because of selection bias. Good to very strong candidates want options. Having the freedom and extra time to evaluate fit, exit opportunities, prestige, and scholarships after decisions are made is why people don't commit to EA. It's possible that standout candidates apply in EA, but I would think that people who either know that school is THE school for them or are risk averse with the entire bschool application process would apply for EA. My logic may be off here, but the more risk averse applicants probably have slightly lower grades or more questions about their profile.

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Also after reading the online application, it is clear that Fuqua has the right to share your details with other school if you are selected for the program. So that might hit your credibility with other schools. Think through if you know that Duke is a good chance for you. It is not always the case that only risk averse students aim for EA. There are other reason such as time factor, admission stress etc for which the students apply early so there will still be fair competition. Needless to say EA is one of the best chance for admission. And yes EA > R1, consider it as this - for Duke EA is R1.

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Leadership, teamwork, ethics, and a global approach to business are essential elements of the Duke Fuqua MBA, which is why you’ll need to make sure you express your passion for these ideals in your application essays. Impress the Fuqua adcom by positioning yourself as an innovative leader and team player, as someone who can see the big picture, work collaboratively, and shape global business.

My tips are in blue below.

Three short answer questions and 2 essays are required from all applicants.
• Responses should use 1.5 line spacing and a font size no smaller than 10-point.
• Respond fully and concisely.
• Responses must be completed before submitting your application.
• Prepare your responses carefully. The Admissions Committee considers your answers important in the selection process.
• All essays are scanned using plagiarism detection software. Plagiarism is considered a cheating violation within the Honor Code and will not be tolerated in the admissions process.

Application Tip: Check out Fuqua's section criteria.

Required Short Answers Questions

Instructions: Answer all 3 of the following questions. For each short answer question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

1. What are your short term goals, post-MBA?

State what you see yourself doing immediately after you earn your MBA in terms of function and industry. If location or geography are important to your goal, include them.  If you know the type of companies you would like to work for, you can include that information too, but don’t say you want to work for Company X, unless Company X is sponsoring you. Without sponsorship, a "Company X" answer is probably too narrow, but saying you would like to work for a firm like Company X would work.

2. What are your long term goals?

Your long term goals should flow logically from your short-term goals. They can be fuzzier and both in terms of direction and timing. But you should have them. They can, but don't have to, include larger aspirations and present a broader perspective on where you are headed. But please don't go so general and say something like "I aspire to be a good person" or "I strive to leave a lasting impact on my community." Nice sentiments, but way too vague.

3. Life is full of uncertainties, and plans and circumstances can change. As a result, navigating a career requires you to be adaptable. Should the short-term goals that you provided above not materialize what alternative directions have you considered?

What’s your Plan B? If you can’t get a job at a leading strategy consulting firm -- your first choice -- what do you want to do? If Plan A is investment banking, what’s Plan B?

First Required Essay: 25 Random Things About Yourself

Instructions: Answer the following question — present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed 2 pages.

1. The "Team Fuqua" spirit and community is one of the things that sets The Duke MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of "25 Random Things About Yourself." As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire's professional and academic background, so learning these "25 Random Things" helps us get to know someone's personality, background, special talents, and more.

In this spirit, the Admissions Committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of "25 Random Things" about YOU.

Have some fun with this list. It certainly allows a more creative approach than permitted by most essay prompts. Note that the questions asks you to go “beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript."  So you can list your Pez collection or perhaps your brief membership in a rock band or the fact that you took violin from age 6-18 or your membership in a gospel choir or your volunteer work in a hospital, your needlepoint, your favorite recipe or photo. Gosh the list is endless. Just let it reflect you. Think of this list as an introduction to potential friends.   For more insight into this question and the  motivation behind, please read Megan Overbay's, the former Director of Admissions’, advice. I believe you will find it helpful. And very friendly.

Second Required Essay (choose 1 of 2)

Instructions: Choose only 1 of the following 2 essay questions to answer. Your response should be no more than 2 pages in length, and should reflect your knowledge of the Fuqua program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.

Choose to the prompt that will let you reveal something important to you and impressive about you. Write the essay that you will be able to draft most enthusiastically and easily.

1. Why Duke: When asked by your family, friends, and colleagues why you want to go to Duke, what do you tell them? Share the reasons that are most meaningful to you.

Why Duke? But you’re not talking to the admissions committee, whom you just may be a tad less than candid with. You are talking to your family, friends, and colleagues, people you know and like (at least the friends).  The Fuqua admissions staff really wants to get to know you. Authenticity is the goal. The admissions readers want to be able to imagine you as a part of Team Fuqua — their family — as a friend or colleague. Will you be real stiff and formal? Of course not. You will be friendly in a professional way. Don’t take this as an invitation to be inappropriate, coarse, or rude. Just friendly.

What appeals to you at Duke? What about its program, culture, and professional opportunities attracts you and would compel you to accept an offer of admission? Maybe address a letter to a close friend and tell her why you want to go to Duke.  That letter may morph into this essay.

2. The Team Fuqua community is as unique as the individuals who comprise it. Underlying our individuality are a number of shared ideas and principles that we live out in our own ways. Our students have identified and defined 6 “Team Fuqua Principles” that we feel are the guiding philosophies that make our community special. At the end of your 2 years at Fuqua, if you were to receive an award for exemplifying one of the 6 Principles listed below, which one would it be and why? Your response should reflect the research you have done, your knowledge of Fuqua and the Daytime MBA program and experience, and the types of activities and leadership you would engage in as a Fuqua student.
1. Authentic Engagement: We care and we take action. We each make a difference to Team Fuqua by being ourselves and engaging in and supporting activities about which we are passionate.
2. Supportive Ambition: We support each other to achieve great things, because your success is my success. The success of each individual member of Team Fuqua makes the whole of Team Fuqua better.
3. Collective Diversity:  We embrace all of our classmates because our individuality is better and stronger together.
4. Impactful Stewardship: We are leaders who focus on solutions to improve our communities both now and in the future. We aren’t satisfied with just maintaining the status quo.
5. Loyal Community: We are a family who looks out for each other. Team Fuqua supports you when you need it the most.
6. Uncompromising Integrity: We internalize and live the honor code in the classroom and beyond. We conduct ourselves with integrity within Fuqua, within Duke, and within all communities of which we are a part.

Do your homework about Fuqua (and yourself) before responding to this question. What activities and groups appeal to you? How do you see yourself participating? Making a difference? Then look at the list of six principles above. Which do you most identify with? Imagine how you would exemplify that principle in your activities. The story of that role and how would see yourself earning an award is your essay.  While you can reference similar activities in the past, keep the focus of this essay on what you would do at Fuqua and why you would earn recognition for exemplifying one of these six principles.

Optional Essay Question:

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Admissions Committee should be aware, please explain them in an optional essay (e.g. unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, or any significant weakness in your application).
• Do NOT upload additional essays nor additional recommendations in this area of the application.
• The Optional Essay is intended to provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your extenuating circumstances only.
• Limit your response to two pages.

Why isn’t your current supervisor writing your rec? Why is there a six-month gap on your resume? Why did your grades dip during the first semester of your senior year? What are your responsibilities while working for a family business after having left a prestigious investment bank, and why did you make the change? Answering any of those questions (but not all) could be the topic of your optional essay.

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I currently face an issue while trying to access different Fuqua MBA groups (such as Design + Innovation in Business and MBA Soccer club).
When I search for them (from Google or the site) I am redirected to the home page of of campus groups i.e.- http://www.campusgroups.com/product/home/

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FROM Fuqua Current Student Blogs: Culinary Talent on Display During ‘Iron Chef’ Competition at Fuqua
Throughout my first year in Duke’s MBA program, I was constantly surprised by the many amazing talents of my classmates. The Culinary Club’s ‘Iron Chef’ competition at Fuqua certainly showcased those of the kitchen variety.

Each year, the Culinary Club hosts the event at an April Fuqua Friday. The spirit of the competition is very much like the TV show, Iron Chef, but with a few twists. First, the “secret” ingredient was revealed a week in advance so that we could plan our menus and purchase the groceries ahead of time. Second, we had to provide our own cooking equipment (we did have access to a generator). Otherwise, we were allowed to get creative!

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The dessert: rosemary poached pears with ricotta, honey, and toasted walnuts
Sign-ups opened the week before the competition, and of course the most important part of that process was coming up with the team name. Our team of five, which included me and four other first-year students (plus Victoria and Jordan’s four-year old son!), bandied several names back and forth, and ended up on Blue Devil Eggs. A couple other options that didn’t make the cut included the Fuqua Frittatas and Fish ‘n’ Fuquans.

The week of the competition
To help us prepare, the secret ingredient was revealed a few days before our menus were due. Last year’s ingredient was lemongrass, and this year—drum roll, please—it was rosemary. Once we knew the ingredient, we all sat down in the Fox Center to figure out what we wanted to make for our appetizer, entrée and dessert. Since I bake quite a bit, I volunteered to tackle dessert.

After doing a few quick searches on Pinterest for inspiration, we decided on the following: a rosemary-flavored tilapia ceviche and a rosemary simple syrup (non-alcoholic) “cocktail” for our appetizer; rosemary chicken stuffed with apples, paired with mushroom rice and shaved vegetable root and arugula salad for our entrée; and finally rosemary poached pears with ricotta, honey, and toasted walnuts for our dessert.

The day of the competition
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Our cooking station
For those of us who had to marinate an ingredient, we were allowed to do so the day before. Emily started the tilapia ceviche the night before, Jordan marinated the chicken, and I poached the pears in rosemary simple syrup. After class ended for the day on Friday, I rushed home to collect the kitchenware we were going to use during the cooking portion of the competition and the poached pears I had started.

Each team had two tables, and fortunately Jordan and Victoria had thought to bring another table, so that we had one for all the ingredients, one for prep, and one for the actual cooking.

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Team Blue Devil Eggs (click and notice the thumb bandages on Emily and SooMin, at right)
Once the timer started, things were hectic! Everyone pitched in to help plate the appetizer and started cutting up vegetables, apples, and mushrooms for the entrée. We did have a couple hiccups due to a rather deadly mandoline, as both SooMin and Emily had to bow out after each one sliced a thumb open.

After the appetizers were plated and sent off to the judging table, we turned our attention fully to the entrée and helped Jordan put together the side dishes while he was focused on grilling the chicken. After that, we moved on to the dessert and sliced the rosemary-poached pears and toasted the walnuts.

Although we didn’t end up winning, it was a ton of fun putting our energy into producing delicious food and pretending for a few hours that we were a team of culinary experts. I can’t wait for next year to come back as the Deadly Mandolines!

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Can someone tell me whether we need to ask GMAC to send out official GMAT score to Duke now itself or only self reported GMAT score will do?
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Can someone tell me whether we need to ask GMAC to send out official GMAT score to Duke now itself or only self reported GMAT score will do?


They will require an official score at some point.

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jugglerG2 wrote:
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Can someone tell me whether we need to ask GMAC to send out official GMAT score to Duke now itself or only self reported GMAT score will do?


They will require an official score at some point.


Yes, you are correct. That is what I am curious about. Some schools require official score after offer of admit has been made and some during application itself.

May be alwaysudit can help. Udit, can you please suggest on GMAT score reporting to Duke?
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Hi,
I am working towards my EA application for Fuqua. I don't see a section where I can input my Post-Graduate information (in my case Masters in Engineering). Am I missing out on something? Can someone please advise.
Right now, it only gives me the option of entering information for my Undergraduate institution and any courses I took post that.
It further goes on to state Prior Institutions I have enrolled in. Since a Masters in Engineering is post undergraduate, not sure if it can be classified as Prior Institution.

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Hi,
I am working towards my EA application for Fuqua. I don't see a section where I can input my Post-Graduate information (in my case Masters in Engineering). Am I missing out on something? Can someone please advise.
Right now, it only gives me the option of entering information for my Undergraduate institution and any courses I took post that.
It further goes on to state Prior Institutions I have enrolled in. Since a Masters in Engineering is post undergraduate, not sure if it can be classified as Prior Institution.

Thanks.


Yeah, I know what you mean!!

You're disallowed if you're higher degree is an MBA, but a master's in Engineering should be fine. Why don't you try enteringyour master's degree info in lieu of your undergrad and list your undergrad as a previous institution? (This is just a suggestion, better ask around a bit and if possible, people from Fuqua directly as well)

I have a similar problem. My degree is a dual degree and most colleges do not have a provision for the same. How do I specify the same?

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saugagmatter wrote:
Hi,
I am working towards my EA application for Fuqua. I don't see a section where I can input my Post-Graduate information (in my case Masters in Engineering). Am I missing out on something? Can someone please advise.
Right now, it only gives me the option of entering information for my Undergraduate institution and any courses I took post that.
It further goes on to state Prior Institutions I have enrolled in. Since a Masters in Engineering is post undergraduate, not sure if it can be classified as Prior Institution.

Thanks.


Yeah, I know what you mean!!

You're disallowed if you're higher degree is an MBA, but a master's in Engineering should be fine. Why don't you try enteringyour master's degree info in lieu of your undergrad and list your undergrad as a previous institution? (This is just a suggestion, better ask around a bit and if possible, people from Fuqua directly as well)

I have a similar problem. My degree is a dual degree and most colleges do not have a provision for the same. How do I specify the same?


Thanks, yes was aware that if you have an MBA or equivalent, that's not allowed. I am not sure if entering my graduate degree under "Undergraduate degree Conferring Institution" section would be right. But neither is it a "Prior College # 2"..sigh.

My undergrad degree is a dual degree as well, so far Fuqua allows for 2 majors to be entered in. Hope that helps!!

Anyone else on this forum who could answer this question, would be great!! Thanks

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