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Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things

The first long-form essay requires applicants to write 25 Random things about themselves.

Tip #1: Length of each item


When you are writing random things about yourself, follow the list form with sentences varying in 10 to 20 words. Even though the admission team encourages using only a few words if the reveal is self-explanatory, we would recommend, a format like:

<unique achievement/event> <additional context><what you felt>

25 Random Things Example

I went to the last Formula 1 race at Indianapolis. It is true - you can only experience sports in its truest form at a Stadium among real fans.

Sample Short-term Goals Essay – Technology to Consulting (100 Words)

Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Consulting for Government (100 Words)

Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Plan B (89 Words)

Tip #2: Avoid professional achievements

The resume is a good place to highlight professional achievements. So unless an achievement is not covered in the resume, or you won’t get a chance to mention them in the online application, avoid them in the list.

Tip #3: Include Volunteering

Most applicants highlight their volunteering experience in the resume under additional information, but with the 1-page length limit, only one or two IMPACT can be captured in the resume. The additional context in the random list would help the admission team understand what you went through during volunteering.

Resume: “Helped rebuilt 2,000 homes in Haiti following the 2010 Earthquake.”

25 Random Things Example:
“Went without food for 2 days in Haiti<additional context on personal sacrifice>, while leading the Rebuilt Haiti mission our church volunteered, helping rebuild 2,000 homes<covered in resume but still mention it>”


Tip #4: Mention Adventure Trips

Duke Fuqua favors applicants who had some form of adventure trips. If you went with the goal of experiencing the adventure through trekking, kayaking, river rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking, mention it in the random list.

Although Marathon is not exactly an adventure, it takes immense preparation and focus on completing one.

If you were a pudgy person and the marathon helped you get in shape, use the event as a backdrop to highlight your personal transformation.

Include humor to avoid self-loathing. Inspire the reader with statistics on transformation if humor is not your forte.  

Tip #5: Include Travelogue

If you are not big on adventure trips, and experiencing different cultures, city and landscapes for photography, or to experience the food, weather, and language - include your travelogue as a separate entry. Duke Fuqua has a clear bias in favor of applicants who are adaptable to any culture or travel conditions. Capture at least one unique experience from each city. Avoid the trivial experience that the essay reviewer is likely to experience in tourist spots.

Tip #6: Add Humor or Quirky Experience

When we analyzed 25 Random Thing of accepted Duke Fuqua Applicants, there was always 20-30% entries that were inherently funny, quirky or the applicant put a funny spin to it. Use the strategy for your list as well.

Download Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide for 25 Random Things Examples

Also Included in Duke Fuqua MBA Essay Guide

• Sample Short-term Goals Essay – Technology to Consulting (100 Words)   
• Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Consulting for Government (100 Words)   
• Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Plan B (89 Words)
• Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (787 Words)

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