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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2007, 04:01
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man.. have you seen the ghana/burundi (let me jump aboard) volunteer work applicants? whoa.. with 750+ GMATs and 3.9 GPAs... international work experience... what is my profile compared to theirs? :P
I think the world's fascination with a 7XX GMAT score will almost be over by the end of this application season. Most B-Schools looking to climb the rankings will probably have to look at different approaches too - increasing average GMAT will not work as it used to. I haven't been thinking about the ghana/burundi's. I don't think we need to. I believe in the Know Yourself approach. I have never applied to B-School before but I know now that Self-Realization does show up in essays and makes for a far better essay than any exotic earth-shattering experience. It is showing up in my essay drafts more now than before. I hope it continues. I don't have a successful application experience to back what I say so its just a personal opinion for now.

You know what you could also do? goto the Accepted.com forum and read the profile's of the members on this club who got selected to your target schools and to schools of similar reputation/strengths. Of course you'll only find those who requested a profile eval but others might respond to a PM.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2007, 23:13
By the way, while filling in the applications - in work experience, does part time work at Burger King really contribute to anything?
I am totally confused on what to add and what not to add in my varied work experience when I was in college.
Any inputs to this is totally appreciated - also I did not know which part of the forum to even direct this question!!!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2007, 19:21
Hi.

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760 GMAT (48V/47Q), 3.0 GPA in a good undergrad dual major.
Spent two years as a financial analyst in a now defunct company, then took off to law school. I'm interested in business school to spend some time in an investment company then transition into a banking firm. It'll open some outstanding doors for me.
I'm very eager to get my MBA for that reason. It's really the business and financial side of law that I love, and you need both the MBA and the experience to get there. I love the non-legal side as well, so I'd be in excellent shape regardless.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2007, 21:06
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What *I* want to see is how does someone from an impacted demographic (whether Indian IT or Asian American Engineer) can set him/herself apart from others.


I used to think that community involvement was a differentiator, but the more essays I read ,apparently everyone went to ghana or burundi(rhyme's favorite) right after high school. I seriously think one day every IT applicant is going to talk about his social mission to some obscure jungle in the amazon and we will all be wondering how to differentiate oneself from the crowd :lol:


Bahahaha, now that is one funny comment to *seriously* ponder upon. I have been thinking that way too :). But on a more serious note, I've done a couple of these volunteer abroad trips and they are absolutely wonderful. I'd take volunteering abroad and experiencing the country's real culture and hospitality anytime over going as a tourist and getting ripped off by the locals :).

I guess one drawback to the volunteer thing is that I get snide remarks ALL THE TIME from coworkers and friends that think that I am using the volunteering experience to boost my application. Like, helloooo, let me at least enjoy my trip to some Amazon jungle and have you be quiet as to why I want to do it :D. In all seriousness though, the trips are so worth it!! So yeah, PM me if you are ever interested in those short term trips ... I know a couple of organizations that won't rip you off to experience life-altering moments. Haha, ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration.

Well, enough with the ramblings. Just thought I'd drop by to this forum. I've been a lurker and occassional poster on the gmat side, but have not ventured out this far. The posts here are intriguing and scary at the same time ... all these 750+ gmatters, talking as if getting those scores are as easy as frying eggs and pappadam (those yummy Indian crackers) :P

But yeah, I am getting addicted at GMAT club. It has that special aura to it, a sort of inexplicable addiction that keeps drawing me back to its deep, endless bottom wells of knowledge! OK, what I am really saying is that I am deeply appreciative of what you guys have done so far. Shout outs to Rhyme, who seems to be the admission consulting expert in this thread! Ah and to Kryzak too, as we were on the same GMAT boat earlier last week :) I am definitely going to start participating in this MBA apps forum more!! Fun fun fun.

Ok, that was a long post. Thanks guys and chat soon!

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2007, 21:37
glad to see you here anita! =) Thanks for the shoutout!

Anyway, you seem to have a very good shot at both Berkeley and Yale! Who knows, we might both be new students at Haas this time next year! =)

I wish I had some fun "Ghana" volunteering trips, but other than enjoying a lot of traveling, I never did do any of the stuff that adcoms consider "cool". Thus I'll just tell my story and hope for the best =)
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2007, 21:57
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glad to see you here anita! =) Thanks for the shoutout!

Anyway, you seem to have a very good shot at both Berkeley and Yale! Who knows, we might both be new students at Haas this time next year! =)

I wish I had some fun "Ghana" volunteering trips, but other than enjoying a lot of traveling, I never did do any of the stuff that adcoms consider "cool". Thus I'll just tell my story and hope for the best =)


The best way to get some extra ordinary experience: get some money, to go a casino, break the bank, spend a month with to a worthy cause and donate it all them.

You could also try something cool like climbing Mt Everest and talk about the enlightenment you received while at the peak about how futile materialism is and how you're going to change the world after you graduate from Yale :)

:? I wish I had some cool stuff to put too :(

Are there as ex ad coms people around? Maybe they could give a shortlist of cool stuff and the respective cool ratings they give.

Wall climbing: 1 point
Aid climbing:2 points
Free climbing: 5 points
Climbing up Taipei 101: 10 points....
Base jumping AFTER free climbing up Taipei 101: admit...
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2007, 02:56
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Wall climbing: 1 point
Aid climbing:2 points
Free climbing: 5 points
Climbing up Taipei 101: 10 points....
Base jumping AFTER free climbing up Taipei 101: admit...


he he he! Funny you are and an admit you shall receive if this level of humour maintain you will... (Jedi-master Yoda style :))
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2007, 09:21
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I must apply this year! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2007, 16:08
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Anybody from NY/NJ wanna partner in applying? mail me :arrow: vishgoel-at-gmail
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2007, 23:34
Hi Guys

I m new to this site. just wanna share my profile

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I wanted to start off by thanking all the active '07 ers who have been making life so much easier for us '08 ers with their insight and comments into the whole apping process. I am kinda (very) late in this game, having decided to do an MBA in June of this year. Thus after having studied for just over two months, gave my GMAT on Friday and scored 720 (pretty low compared to what I have been seeing on this site) with a breakdown of Q51 and V47.

I have just over 5 years of work ex in Supply Chain and Logistics Consulting. Have my Under Grad from BITS, Pilani in Information Systems and a dual degree in Management with a CGPA of 9.4/10

Strengths: Supply Chain Consulting (which I have not seen too many people here mention), lots of international exposure, worked with lots of big companies in the SCM space. Sure to get good recos, including from my customers

Weaknesses: Low GMAT score, especially on the verbal section (am hoping for a good AWA to slightlty make-up for it), hardly any XCs (a travelling job and a kid at home and you hardly get time to breathe - thats my excuse anyways, apart from being purely lazy), almost no guidance in the whole apping process except this club (Pls contact me directly if anybody in Dallas or apping to same schools as me)

Target Schools: Wharton, Chicago (am planning to specialize in Mergers & Acquisitions on the Finance side)

Need help with: Currently, only have two schools more or less finalized, although am planning to apply in 4 overall by R2. Am thinking about HBS and Columbia, but am not sure, maybe I should apply in at least one 'safe' school.
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I am sorry, I meant Q51 and V37 (I wish it was V47!!!)
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2007, 12:12
Looking at this thread, I am simply stupified. GMAT will no longer be a differentiator. I will throw my hat too in the ring.

GMAT - 760
Undergrad - Junk
Experience - I have a lot of inspiring stories to tell. Though I belong to the dreaded Indian IT pool, I dont think my app has any space to showcase my IT experience.

Schools - Stanford. May be the part time programs in Cal, UCLA, Chicago and of course the super duper Santa Clara university
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you local dahcrap? we still need to get an SF Bay Area GMATClub meetup sometime...
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2007, 22:31
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you local dahcrap? we still need to get an SF Bay Area GMATClub meetup sometime...


Yep I am local to the bay area. Will be thrilled to meet up with you guys
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2007, 23:02
check the thread for SF Bay Area Meetup
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hailing from the SF Bay Area [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 23:16
I noticed a few enthusiastic posters from the bay area... perhaps I shall have the pleasure of meeting with y'all soon.

Female, 31, Asian

Background: B.S. Biology w/ honors from a top 5, Artist Diploma in flute performance and national competition winner

I guess I come from the "dreaded" IT pool of applicants (5 years of really useless network admin experience).

I've also owned my own cafe in SF (which burnt down in April and I'm fairly certain personal tragedies don't reflect well on applications :lol: ).

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Would love to get together with people to discuss application strategies...
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Re: hailing from the SF Bay Area [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 23:30
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Background: B.S. Biology w/ honors from a top 5, Artist Diploma in flute performance and national competition winner
GMAT: 770 (Q49, V47)


Nice!
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Re: hailing from the SF Bay Area [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2007, 03:31
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I noticed a few enthusiastic posters from the bay area... perhaps I shall have the pleasure of meeting with y'all soon.

Female, 31, Asian

Background: B.S. Biology w/ honors from a top 5, Artist Diploma in flute performance and national competition winner

I guess I come from the "dreaded" IT pool of applicants (5 years of really useless network admin experience).

I've also owned my own cafe in SF (which burnt down in April and I'm fairly certain personal tragedies don't reflect well on applications :lol: ).

GMAT: 770 (Q49, V47)

Would love to get together with people to discuss application strategies...


Lets see...

Hi, meet poopidipoop. Her name involves poop for some reason.
Female.
770.
Flute performer and national competition winner.
Unchallenged and dissilusioned by the lack of challenges presented by her routine "day job" as a network admin, she saved up money to open her own cafe in trendy SF.
Her passion for entrepreunership was so hot, it set her cafe ablaze. Literally. Things don't always go as planned and she writes about the challenges of setbacks, like fire.
Although she considered becoming a fire fighter (shes funny too!), she is now compelled her to pursue an MBA education at a top tier school because she needs broader based business skills now that shes been bit by the entrepreneurship bug.

Your essays write themselves....
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Re: hailing from the SF Bay Area [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2007, 03:37
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Although she considered becoming a fire fighter (shes funny too!)....


best of rhyme !
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