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How hard is it to get into these schools relatively?

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New post 25 May 2007, 02:30
pelihu wrote:
helpslip wrote:

This is a nice example of how an evolved understanding of the application process can be leveraged. Essentially this is analogous to qualifying a prospect. Perhaps this is a facet of the process where investing in the services of skilled (and scrupulous) consultant could return good value. (or, ask Hjort)

I don't want to wander to far off topic but... do you think that your background (lit and law) makes you an apt fit for the pedagogical method at Darden and therefore enhanced your candidacy?

I think it was definitely a factor. I believe that just as some schools (Chicago & Columbia perhaps) are known to be very concerned about whether their students can hang with the program from a quantitative skills perspective, Darden takes a close look at whether their students will be good contributors in classroom discussions.

I absolutely noted a positive reaction from my interviewer when I mentioned that I thought I was well equipped to handle the work load and would have lots to contribute because the Socratic method used during th 3 years I spent at law school were closely related to the case-study method. Of course, she was interested not just in communications skills, but also with experiences I could share and my background was a good fit.

Yes, I would think that law school would be good practice for developing facility with case review. I initially felt quite sceptical about the case method but, after attending a class presentation, came to realize that it was ideally suited to my skill set and interests. It is actually a most engaging way of delving into a topic.

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Darden's interview style is a really good test to see if people will be comfortable contributing in class. The interview is completely blind - they don't even look at a resume or any other background information. This allows for a completely free flowing discussion. They really try to get to know people on a personal level - as well as they can given the scope of the admissions process. As it worked out, I think valued by language skills, and I came away with a very positive feeling about the school. Honestly, this was really the place where I had a sense of fit.

I have read so many postive things about Darden that I finally took the plunge and sent off for their materials. I know that it will be a reach, but beyond the academics, it seems so strong in the "intangibles".

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...Figuring out what the different schools value and what they are willing to overlook will allow applicants to focus their efforts where they have the greatest chance for success.

Yes, the difficulty here lies in the fact that, while it is relatively easy to quantify the schools, it relatively much harder to qualify them. There is no interactive table of "soft" features that one can sort for these kinds of factors. (though, at Hjort's suggestion I am trying to build one to cover my top 15 schools)
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New post 25 May 2007, 12:34
I had the same warm feeling toward Darden. I still do!

The assistant admission director was so personal and warmful. I felt like I was talking to my missing aunt.

She didn't have my resume nor any script for the interview. We just talked about my life, just like filling in the missed 15 years of my life to my missing aunt.

Since English is not my native language, I don't believe that I have a strong verbal skills. Hence, not surprisingly, interview is not my strongest area, and I could not really articulate everything that I wanted to present.

But I felt so comfortable during the interview as she seemed that she was deeply interested in knowing who I am in person not as one of the thousands of applicants. After the interview, in fact, I sent my family photo to her.

After I declined the Darden's offer, I sent a sincere email to her. I really felt bad.

A part of me still wants to go to Darden :lol: :lol:
It was a very difficult decision for me. If my family had not preferred Duke, I think I had chosen Darden over Fuqua. :-D

I will envy those who go to Darden. I won't be surprised if Darden moves into Top 10 within 3-5 years as I truly believe in the Bruner's "thee Highs"
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