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# Calling all Duke (Fuqua) Fall 2009 applicants!

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07 Sep 2008, 10:02
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Nice brainstorming. Do you think it will be useful to determine how your goals need leadership of consequence and character. And then detail out how you will execute that, how Duke will help you achieve it. I think this question needs a reference to one's goals..

Yeah, I think that's a fine way to approach the question.

I think this is going to be a really important question for the adcom's. It's not a lot different than questions like "What's important to you?".

It's basically asking you, once you enter your post-MBA career, what do you want to do? What's important to you?

I think what makes this question so difficult (for me at least) is the fact there are many different ways to approach it. And each approach can result in a great essay. They are also giving you a lot of room to develop it (almost 1000 words).

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07 Sep 2008, 10:12
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rgajare14 wrote:
Nice brainstorming. Do you think it will be useful to determine how your goals need leadership of consequence and character. And then detail out how you will execute that, how Duke will help you achieve it. I think this question needs a reference to one's goals..

Yeah, I think that's a fine way to approach the question.

I think this is going to be a really important question for the adcom's. It's not a lot different than questions like "What's important to you?".

It's basically asking you, once you enter your post-MBA career, what do you want to do? What's important to you?

I think what makes this question so difficult (for me at least) is the fact there are many different ways to approach it. And each approach can result in a great essay. They are also giving you a lot of room to develop it (almost 1000 words).

RF

My only issue is with approaching this essay as a solely professional essay. I feel you need to bring the personal side forward because you have already written the goals essay.
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07 Sep 2008, 11:05
aakashganga wrote:
refurb wrote:
rgajare14 wrote:
Nice brainstorming. Do you think it will be useful to determine how your goals need leadership of consequence and character. And then detail out how you will execute that, how Duke will help you achieve it. I think this question needs a reference to one's goals..

Yeah, I think that's a fine way to approach the question.

I think this is going to be a really important question for the adcom's. It's not a lot different than questions like "What's important to you?".

It's basically asking you, once you enter your post-MBA career, what do you want to do? What's important to you?

I think what makes this question so difficult (for me at least) is the fact there are many different ways to approach it. And each approach can result in a great essay. They are also giving you a lot of room to develop it (almost 1000 words).

RF

My only issue is with approaching this essay as a solely professional essay. I feel you need to bring the personal side forward because you have already written the goals essay.

I would tend to agree with your intuition. tell who you are - make the adcoms know you - outside of the office.
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07 Sep 2008, 11:52
I haven't had the chance to attend any Duke events or visit campus as yet but was wondering: how would you all characterize a student who's a good fit for Duke?

thanks,
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07 Sep 2008, 12:12
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My only issue is with approaching this essay as a solely professional essay. I feel you need to bring the personal side forward because you have already written the goals essay.

Do you want to share how you will go beyond a "solely professional essay"?

My viewpoint is that the professional goals are really secondary. WHY you want to pursue those goals and how you go about doing it are really the key to this essay.

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07 Sep 2008, 16:12
This might be a silly question. But what is the number of word limitation on the short essay and long essay. I didn't really find that instruction on the website. Thanks. By the way, I am thinking about Duke's health care program and I am going to apply for their Duke MBA weekend for women as well.
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07 Sep 2008, 17:04
eileen1017 wrote:
This might be a silly question. But what is the number of word limitation on the short essay and long essay. I didn't really find that instruction on the website. Thanks. By the way, I am thinking about Duke's health care program and I am going to apply for their Duke MBA weekend for women as well.

There is no word limit, only a page limit (one page for short essays, two for long). Duke specifies 1.5 line spacing.

From what I've seen, 3 paragraphs, standard margins, 11 point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, will get you ~480 words on a page.

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09 Sep 2008, 08:17

Got this email -

Join the leadership of Duke University and The Fuqua School of Business, live and online, as we present a business school uniquely relevant to the needs of the 21st century. During this 45-minute experience, Dean Blair Sheppard will present the vision for a new shape and definition of business school as he announces our new global infrastructure.

Will be at 12:45pm and can access it through Duke's website. - www.fuqua.duke.edu/globalwebcast/

Also, how far back is everyone going for significant event? I chose an event quite a long time ago, but it had a VERY significant effect on my life. 10 yrs ago too long? How far is everyone else drawing?

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09 Sep 2008, 08:24
sam77sam7 wrote:

Got this email -

Join the leadership of Duke University and The Fuqua School of Business, live and online, as we present a business school uniquely relevant to the needs of the 21st century. During this 45-minute experience, Dean Blair Sheppard will present the vision for a new shape and definition of business school as he announces our new global infrastructure.

Will be at 12:45pm and can access it through Duke's website. - http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/globalwebcast/

Also, how far back is everyone going for significant event? I chose an event quite a long time ago, but it had a VERY significant effect on my life. 10 yrs ago too long? How far is everyone else drawing?

~Sam

I chose one from when I was in undergrad ( 6 years back) , but then talked about how it impacted me and changed my outlook ...
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09 Sep 2008, 08:33
Hey folks. I'm in for R1 at Fuqua, mostly going for the nonprofit/social enterprise thing. I know a Fuqua student there now, and she's uber-impressive... based solely on that impression, I have a high regard for Team Fuqua kids.

Profiles for the rest of y'all?

(And yeah, Durham sucks. But then, so does the University of Maryland.)
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09 Sep 2008, 08:54
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Hey folks. I'm in for R1 at Fuqua, mostly going for the nonprofit/social enterprise thing. I know a Fuqua student there now, and she's uber-impressive... based solely on that impression, I have a high regard for Team Fuqua kids.

Profiles for the rest of y'all?

(And yeah, Durham sucks. But then, so does the University of Maryland.)

welcome!

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09 Sep 2008, 15:58
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I chose one from when I was in undergrad ( 6 years back) , but then talked about how it impacted me and changed my outlook ...

I was thinking of maybe re using the challenge essay to describe this as an event which changed my outlook. What do you think ? And this for me is 6yrs old from my undergrad days.[/quote]
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09 Sep 2008, 16:25
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I chose one from when I was in undergrad ( 6 years back) , but then talked about how it impacted me and changed my outlook ...

I was thinking of maybe re using the challenge essay to describe this as an event which changed my outlook. What do you think ? And this for me is 6yrs old from my undergrad days.
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In my case , I described an anecdote and then talked about how after this I got more involved with the community , it gave me a chance to discuss my extracurricular activities.....
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09 Sep 2008, 16:57
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In my case , I described an anecdote and then talked about how after this I got more involved with the community , it gave me a chance to discuss my extracurricular activities.....

Nice!

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09 Sep 2008, 20:54
Anyone finished the long essay? I think I am going to tune in to the globalcast. It might help me understand more about Duke's leadership initiative.
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11 Sep 2008, 21:27
Hey folks,
Does anyone have the recommendation forms for this year's app? I couldn't see a PDF version of the form on the app. (Admittedly, I am hopeless when it comes to finding things in those apps!)
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14 Sep 2008, 14:32
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Aaudetat,

Two questions:

1. I thought you got accepted last year for Class of 2010? Are you in your second year now?
2. Could you expand on what "Team Fuqua" means in practice? I know the emphasis is on "collaborative teamwork", but how does that show itself in the curriculum and/or leadership development?

Thanks!

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14 Sep 2008, 16:02
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aaudetat wrote:
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Aaudetat,

Two questions:

1. I thought you got accepted last year for Class of 2010? Are you in your second year now?
2. Could you expand on what "Team Fuqua" means in practice? I know the emphasis is on "collaborative teamwork", but how does that show itself in the curriculum and/or leadership development?

Thanks!

RF

Yes, I am a second year. I've been around this board for almost 2 years now.

Team Fuqua is hard to describe; I just spent 3 days discussing it at orientation. The theory: a collaborative environment. Working in teams to be more effective and smarter. Working in teams means developing leadership skills.

We do a lot of team work in classes, but I imagine most schools are like that. I'd say on average that 1/3 to 2/3 of your grade is team-based.

Leadership development: students run the school. We don't talk about having a responsive administration; we talk about having a collaborative one. In addition to class-based team work (and each assignment is an opportunity for leadership development), there are lots of clubs, all of which offer more opportunities for leadership. FYs run Week in Cities, service projects, and club events like conferences, social outings, and career stuff.

And if you read a bit further up in the thread, I posted a few examples of the collaborative nature of the student body.

I hope this helps - culture is hard to nail.
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14 Sep 2008, 18:36
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I hope this helps - culture is hard to nail.

Thanks! That helps!

And thanks for sticking around here after getting in and helping us newbies!

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15 Sep 2008, 08:57
Leader of Consequence essay is definitely i think the most difficult and unique essay question I've faced. but I really like the introspection it requires in context of what the 'typical' business school essay seems to aim at.

Question though for those applying and/or familiar with the program. I really would like to do GATE and also an international exchange program. By my calculation, I could if i did, GATE in the spring and international exhcange in the Fall. Is t his common though? and does it appear if i am overextending myself?

I would like to study at Tsinghua in the Fall, and then do GATE (preferablly on the latin american region) in Spring.
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