Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Analysis 2018-19

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Duke Fuqua最知名的essay題目就是要列出關於自己的25件事,要寫得與履歷表上列的不同,又要夠吸睛,確實得需要思考一番。此外Fuqua很重視社群,因此花心思了解這個學校,想想自己未來能做出什麼貢獻與學校文化吻合,都需要時間探索。(來看看Duke在校生Stacey當初構思25件事的經過)

今年一樣有四個申請截止日期,Early Action是給對Fuqua很有愛的申請者,如果在EA被錄取,和Columbia的Early Decision一樣,要繳交一個押金,所以申請EA也是間接告訴學校,如果被錄取,你會選擇就讀的機率很大。也因為有EA,相較之下,R2才申請的錄取機會會少一點,建議申請者申請EA或R1。

Required Short Answer Questions:

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

  • What are your short-term goals, post-MBA?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • 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?

Short-term goal和long-term goal幾乎是每間商學院都會問的基本題目,但是Fuqua還出了比較特別的一題,學校想知道你在第一、二題回答的Short-term goal和long-term goal之外,還有沒有其他的目標?申請者一般都很確切地寫下自己的生涯規劃,想讓學校知道自己對未來有很清楚地規劃,但是Fuqua卻給申請者一個可以發揮的空間,讓他們去思考原訂生涯規劃以外的其他選項。

Adcom了解,有時堪稱完美的計畫,並不會有如期的結果,而學校想知道你對於不如預期的結果有所打算,而且隨時都能為轉換跑道做好準備。回答這題必須注意,你寫出來的專業技能、興趣和野心要能夠和前兩題,short-term goal和long-term goal所寫的有關聯性。

舉例來說,你前面寫的short-term goal如果是想往科技業發展,那你在這題如果寫說想進入金融業,Adcom當然很難被你說服,因為這兩個產業需要的技能和人格特質或許不盡相同,切記,兩者一定要有相關性及可行性。當然,也可以只是地區的不同,例如美國公司當Plan A,亞洲公司當Plan B。(推薦閱讀:要申請 MBA,職涯規劃比考好 GMAT 更重要!

Required Essay 1: 25 Random Things About Yourself

  • Instructions: 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 two pages.
  • For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world.  These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept 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.

 

這題看似很有趣,但是在你下筆之前,先來個腦力激盪吧!你不能只是列出典型的興趣清單,記住,學校要看的是random list,Adcom想從你的清單上看出你在專業領域以外是什麼樣的人,確保每個列出來的例子,都能讓Adcom對你這個人留下好印象,讓他們想要錄取你。(所以我鼓勵學生們提早開始探索自我,覺得自己的經歷很普通,試試Passion Project吧!)

最重要的是,你要讓這個清單看起來是你的,舉例來說,如果你寫「I love the TV series Suits and have watched it multiple times.」這句話看起來就好像你在敘述一件大家都喜歡的事情,但如果你寫成「At least once a week, my friends and I get together to watch our favorite TV series, Suits, all wearing Gucci dress or dark suits, eating fries, while reciting the dialogue line-for-line.」 這就像是在說你自己的故事,因為其他的申請者就算喜歡看Suits,可能也不會跟你一樣一星期與朋友看一次。(是啊,Harvey Spector很帥!但是寫這個也太花癡。)

Fuqua不想看到你在resume以外的地方,重講一次你的專業和學術成就,所以你也的確該避免再寫一次已經寫過的東西,用簡單(不要有贅字)的字句完整表達出你獨特的個人特質,而且記得be personal。你可以是️個有冒險精神的極限運動者,或者愛鑽研遙控飛機的各種知識,總之,直接描述你做過的事情,不是直接告訴Adcom你是怎樣的人。

其實很多學生寫到第二三版本,就發現自己真無趣!顧問不是魔術師,大家還是花時間發展工作以外的興趣,召集同伴️一起,獨樂樂不如眾樂樂。(延伸閱讀:平日下足功夫 個人經歷不怕沒亮點

Required Essay 2: The Fuqua community and you

Instructions: Your response should be no more than two pages in length.

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society. Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences.

Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community outside of the classroom?

學校會出這題,是想知道你真的有下功夫去了解學校的文化,以及Fuqua一直很注重的社群(community),要讓Adcom知道你能夠善用學校的資源,有所貢獻並願意回饋,當你成為Fuqua的學生之後,真的能夠成為Fuqua的一份子。這題要寫得好,你必須真的非常瞭解學校,因為如果你對於將來要貢獻什麼、該怎麼貢獻的描述,與Fuqua的文化有所出入,便表示你其實不適合這間學校。(推薦閱讀:MBA社群不分國界!Fuqua MBA Stacey:國際學生的身分,讓我與他校MBA校友更有共鳴!

要了解學校的什麼呢?題目很清楚的告訴你“student-led government, clubs, centers, and events”,所以你可以從這部份著手,找出這部分有什麼資訊可以結合你的專業和經驗,幫助你加分。你可以多看我的部落格、論壇、學校的school guide或往年發行的專刊,或者花些時間去看Fuqua’s YouTube channel,從這些地方著手,想像自己是Fuqua的學生,在課業以外會做些什麼吧!

從我這幾年陪伴學生的經驗來看,這篇寫得好的人,在校時真的比較會花時間參與學校事務,所以你知道為什麼學校要出這個題目了吧?

Optional Essay: Tell us more

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

Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.

今年,Fuqua將optional essay的頁數調整為一頁(之前是兩頁),而且列出好幾個須知,清楚的表明誰才需要寫optional essay,學校不希望申請者怕沒有多寫這篇,就好像沒有申請的誠意,而硬要擠出一篇;optional essay是給真的有需要解釋的申請者寫的,例如題目提到的工作空檔、推薦人人選、學校成績解釋等等,解釋Adcom從resume或essay上會感到疑惑的事情。(延伸閱讀:兩個理由告訴你,為什麼上班族千萬不要離職來申請MBA

Application Deadline:

  • Early Action: September 12, 2018
  • Round 1: October 10, 2018
  • Round 2: January 3, 2019
  • Round 3: March 20, 2019

 

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