Darden MBA Essay Guide (2019 Entering Class)

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For the 2019 Entering Class, The Darden MBA Admission team has discontinued the single long essay in favor of five short essays with a total word count of 700 words

Essay #1: "Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you - personal, professional or both." (100 words)

Essay #2: "Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why?" (50 words)

Essay #3: "Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example." (200 words)

Essay #4: "Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact." (200 words)

Essay #5: "What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?" (150 words)


Who Should Buy Darden MBA Essay Guide?

If you don't know how to write the 5 Essays, we have shared 7 Sample Essays
Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Near Death Experience)
Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Networking and Job Offer at an Unlikely place)
Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Mountaineering)
Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (47 Words)
Sample Darden MBA Essay – Evolving Leadership Style (198 Words)
Sample Darden MBA Essay – Meaningful IMPACT (200 Words)
Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (149 words)

If your essay looks too bland, Darden MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to use storytelling to create an engaging narrative.


We show how to use emotional connectors, use journey narration, and struggles to connect with the reviewer.

We also demonstrate the power of Active Verbs, Vividness, and Chronology to keep the reader on edge.

If you are facing a writer's block
or don’t feel confident to write an essay, Darden MBA Essay Guide will give you tips on silencing the analytical mind.

If you feel that your Essays are not persuasive
, Darden MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points, and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.

If you don't have enough leadership experience, Darden MBA Essay Guide includes tips on highlighting secondary leadership traits like Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Self-awareness to prove your potential.

If you don't know how to review your essays, Darden MBA Essay Guide includes an exhaustive list of Editing and Reviewing tips, with special emphasis on removing review biases.

Book Details

Page Length: 257
Entering Class: 2019

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