1. Why did you select your preferred track(s), and how do they relate to your immediate career goals after completing the MQM: Business Analytics program?* (2000 characters remaining) I finished this part, so you just need to modify them.2. “25 Random things”I didn’t finish this part, but I will upload some random things about me later. 3. For our MQM: Business Analytics class, the Admissions team is looking for students who are eager to engage with, and learn from, their classmates. This learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, as extracurricular engagement is an important part of the MQM experience. Describe how you would plan to be engaged outside of the classroom, and how your unique perspective, experiences, and passions will add to the MQM community.Your response to this essay question should be no more than 350 words, with a font size of no less than 10-point. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. Do not copy the essay question in the document you upload with your application.
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Fuqua School of Business
Major：MQM Business Analytics
Short Answer Question
Why did you select your preferred track(s), and how do they relate to your immediate career goals after
completing the MQM: Business Analytics program?* 2000 characters remaining
My major in undergraduate school is management science, which prepares me in a wide range of knowledge
including Economics, Finance, Statistics and Operations Research. However, after learning STATA and
MATLAB in Econometrics and Linear Algebra class, I realized that data analysis is very essential in future
business world and that the knowledge I learned is not enough to adapt the world trendency.
In order to figure out the area in which my real passion, I experienced three different Internship in the past
fours years to figure out career in which I am interested and have real passion. Finally, I found that the
analytic jobs most attracts me because of its availability and efficency. So I start my first data analytic job in a
small cosmetic firm after graduation. It was a new challenge. So was an opportunity to gain some real stuff.
As was expected, the trouble hit me quickly in my work. One day, manager ask me to collect and compile all
data about fashion retailer companies in Los Angeles. I worked entire week to collect data and was exhausted
in the mess data. I realized that some unconventional Excel data analysis functions were still strange to me,
and lacking data mining technique such as Python scrapy. To master the operation method, I searched the
video online and seized every moment to consult my colleagues. In the process, I learned how to scrape the
web using Python and how to extract data using SQL. However, I have no chance to take a systematic
training in the analysis of big data during the job and I cannot find a tutor when I met difficulties.
Therefore, I decided to pursue a master degree in Business Analytics to learn data analytic skills including
statistical modeling, data management, visualization, and decision-making under uncertainty. My immediate
career goal after completing the Master program is to be a business analyst in consulting firm.
Essay Question 1
The ‘Team Fuqua’ spirit and community is one of the things that sets the Fuqua experience apart, and it is a
concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. Please share with
us “25 Random Things” about you. These ’25 Random Things’ help us get to know someone’s personality,
their background, special talents, and more.
The Admissions Committee wants to get to know YOU – beyond the professional and academic achievements
listed in your resume and transcript. 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.
Please 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 2 pages. Do not copy the essay question in the
document you upload with your application.
Essay Question 2
For our MQM: Business Analytics class, the Admissions team is looking for students who are eager to engage
with, and learn from, their classmates. This learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, as
extracurricular engagement is an important part of the MQM experience. Describe how you would plan to be
engaged outside of the classroom, and how your unique perspective, experiences, and passions will add to the
Your response to this essay question should be no more than 350 words, with a font size of no less than 10point. Please respond fully and concisely using 1.5 line spacing. Do not copy the essay question in the
document you upload with your application.
1. I was born in Northern China, and spent the last 3 years studying in Southern China, Malaysia and the US
including Ningbo, Beijing, Shanghai, Inner Mongolia, Boston and Kualur Lumpur. I’ve traveled 12,000
miles in the last two years. No matter where I go, I seek to adapt myself to the local culture. In the process,
I often learn as much about myself as I do about where I live.
2. I love cooking and am constantly working to get better at it. I am best at cooking spicy shrimp which I
learned to cook when I was 14 by watching my aunt. My parents never knew, so on my mother’s birthday,
as a surprise, I cooked 3 courses – spicy shrimp, avocado salad and chicken soup. I still remember how
happy my mom was to see her birthday surprise! I look forward to hosting my classmates over for dinner.
3. My goal for my gap year was to find my career calling. After working at a variety of companies, I realized
that working in operation analytics for an e-commerce company is my real passion. My mom was worried
about my decision to take a gap year because she didn’t know any Chinese students who had done so.
Looking back, she said I made good use of my time and the gap year made me more mature and
4. I’m an advanced user of Outlook calendar and to-do lists. They make my life much easier because most of
my daily events are recorded in my Outlook and help me keep track of what I did and what I need to do.
5. Every time I go to a new city for the first time, I enjoy finding a park where I can go jogging in the early
morning. I find it’s a great way to immerse myself in my new surroundings. This summer I traveled to New
York and jogged in Central Park at 6am. Seeing so many others up, going about their business, even
made me feel like a New Yorker.
6. I tend to be a happy person and very few things can affect my mood. On rainy days for example, when
some people might feel depressed, I actually feel happy because I tell myself water cleans everything –
the trees, the streets, the air – rain is a great cleanser.
7. One thing I am very proud of is when I booked a luxury room for two nights at a beach-side, five-star
Sheraton hotel for my 78-year-old grandma on her first trip to Hainan Island. I used all the SPG points I
had earned from my A. T. Kearney internship business travel. It made me so happy to see my efforts from
work make my lovely grandma happy!
8. I enjoy rock-climbing. My friend Mike is an expert at it. The most valuable lesson he taught me was the
importance of planning ahead. This makes sure I use my energy strategically to reach the highest point. I
think this is a good lesson that applies to other parts of my life, as well.
9. My bedroom is clean with light colored wooden furniture and green plants. Every night before I go to sleep,
I like to straighten my room. It’s always a great start to the new day to wake up to a clean room!
10. On my last day at Amazon, five of my supervisors wrote me cards and gave me gifts. I felt so thankful.
Besides their mentorship and sincere friendship, I admire them because they live by the Amazon motto,
“work hard, have fun, make history”.
11. Two years ago, I took a bus trip to Yangzhou with a group of friends. To make things a little more
interesting on the long ride, I suggested we draw lots to see who sits next to each other. I had no idea at
the time that my future girlfriend was sitting next to me!
12. I love reading and travel. It’s a great feeling when I finish the book 5 minutes before my stop on the train. It
makes the long train ride go by so quickly.
13. Two years ago, I watched Tim Cook’s talk at Fuqua. I still remember how touched I was when he said his
underlying motivation is “always leave things better than when you found it”. I greatly admire and respect
his humbleness and integrity and would consider myself very lucky if I ever got to have a talk with him.
14. I am a fan of endurance running. I am one of the top 2 fastest at running a 3k at my university. I worked
very hard, getting up at 6:30am every morning my entire freshman year and jogging 5K with my best friend
Mike. He’s faster than me, and I would follow his pace, which helped me improve.
15. I have always appreciated receiving positive feedback from mentors, even for the little things I did.
Whenever I see a shining point in someone else, I like to let them know it.
16. As an exchange student at Nottingham University’s Malaysia campus, I made a good friend who sold
coconuts in the university café. We often drank coconut together and talked a lot about our families,
including our younger sisters. Being older brothers was something we had in common. Even though we
had just met, it felt like we had known each other a lifetime.
17. The crab meal in my university canteen is great. However, the canteen doesn’t serve it very often, and you
never know when they will. All of my classmate knows I love that crab, but I was still surprised when I
received 3 messages at the same time telling me about the appearance of crab in the canteen that day!
18. For much of my high school and university, I debated competitively. I am experienced in British parliamentstyle debate, US-style debate and Chinese language debate. I competed in school, province and
international tournaments. Competitions are usually on the weekend, and once I had to take a late Sunday
flight back to my university after participating in the Hong Kong Debate Open tournament. I arrived at my
dormitory at 1:30am, and while by my body was exhausted, I still felt excited by the tough competition. I
became a trainer at my university, and this year I was a judge in a national high school debate league.
19. I believe that a simple and balanced life makes people stay calm and positive. For example, I read that the
human brain can most effectively memorize 3-4 things at the same time. So, I made a habit of categorizing
my study notes, to-do lists and other materials into 3 ‘chunks’ for easy memory.
20. At my undergraduate school, since 15% of my classmates and 50% of the faculty are international, I was
able to make many great foreign friends. This has introduced me to many different traditional foods. I am
pretty sure I have eaten the best home-made yogurt in the world made by my good friend, Daniel, who is
from Bulgaria. I say ‘pretty sure’, because he was very very passionate to convince me that Bulgarian
yogurt is the best in the world. I can say it was good!
21. I don’t go to the gym, but I am in pretty good physical shape. I have found it is easier to simply follow an
intensive training session I discovered online, 3 times a week, 20 minutes each. Being able to exercise
where I live, anytime I want is a great time saver.
22. When I applied for university, my middle class, high school-educated parents should not have been able to
pay the expensive tuition. But they knew the power of education and decided to sell our house to pay the 4
years of tuition, and moved into a house in the suburbs that was less convenient for them. I love them so
much and I know how much they sacrificed, that is why I dream big, and have worked hard from the very
first moment. This is a driving force for me to continue my studies and apply for Duke’s MQM program. I
will let my parents know it is THEM who have inspired me pursue my dreams and go to the best business
analytics program in the U.S. I am very fortunate that my uncle, a successful businessman, has offered to
sponsor this next tuition.
23. Taking time for quiet reflection and self-evaluation is important to me. Each week, I meditate for one hour,
producing a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. I feel more focused and efficient after it.
24. I definitely have eaten too many Snickers candy bars during exam season. Snickers are in my bag, in my
room, my pocket, and I even put some in my girlfriend’s purse just in case I eat mine out. Thank goodness
I am still slim after eating so many!
25. My girlfriend and I are big fans of the TV show, The Brain, (a show about talented people). Noticing that
many ’geniuses’ on the show have great memories and say they were actually trained, I became curious
about human intelligence development. I read some books and even took an online course called Learning
How to Learn. But my girlfriend said no matter how hard I work, she will always be smarter than me. I’m ok
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