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A new beginning: Admit to LBS - Masters in Finance Sept 05 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2005, 13:51
Dear members,
I finally made it to one of my preferred schools and received the news this morning. I know that I was not supposed to apply to any school before next year or the one after but I somehow received an information package about LBS's MiF program shortly after I completed my GMAT last November. I at first did not intend on applying but upon further consideration, I found the program absolutely thrilling in the sense that it would cater to my own career aspirations: To work as a fund manager. I developed a strong passion for finance and I thought that it would have been a good combination to the CFA which I am completing right now. Furthermore, an MBA, in my case, would be somewhat of a regurgitation of my business undergraduate degree. I am saying the above because no matter what shool you decide to go to or which program you decide to undertake, you will have to be able to justify your choice, it is very important.

All that said, my stats are nothing amazing given that I had a poor undergraduate GPA but remember that if the score does not make you justice, say why so and mention what you have done since then to improve it. At some point, I even wondered if it would ever be possible for someone who has modest work experience to get into a good school given that work experience is more important at good b-schools. Furthermore, given that my GPA was not too good, I wondered how it would have been possible to break into investment analysis because the recruitment is mainly done with your transcript after graduation and jobs as such are rather scarce in my hometown. Yes, a kind of catch 22... But do not lose hope for if you have a good reason, a story to tell and are honest and genuine about how you say it, you will guarantee yourself a spot at your selected school.

My stats
GMAT: 710(Q49/V38/AWA5.5)
GPA: 2.97 :(
Age: 27
Work experience: Worked as a funds sales specialist for 3 years and as a NASDAQ equity trader for the last couple of months. I will have 3.5 years of work experience by the time I start school.
Accreditation: Canadian Investment Manager (Securities designation in portfolio management in Canada) and CFA level 3 candidate
Community involvement and interest:
- Director of finance for the YCPA Young Chinese Professional Association, a not for profit organization
- Co-captain for an ultimate frisbee league in my hometown
Applied: LBS MiF (MSc.)
Accepted: LBS MiF (MSc.)

The interview
Just make sure that you review your letter of intent and know the typical questions that will be asked. Check out accepted.com and read the sticky that tvconefive wrote in the "share your experience" forum. My interview was in both french and english and I think it strengthened the fact that I could adapt to different cultures, different language barriers.

LBS was actually the only school and program I applied to this year and I am more than happy to have been accepted. For those who might be interested, they receive about 600-650 applications per year and about 130 students enroll in the program(two groups of approx. 60 students). I had to work since the age of 15, juggling school with work because I had to financially support my parents(mortgage), my brother(paid his tuition) and it is the reason why my GPA was substantially low. But as you can see, if you can justify your weaknesses, you can increase your chances of admission.

I just want to thank all of GMAT-club and the many members with whom I had superb interactions and many of whom I would so much like to hear from after they wrote their GMAT. I will be around to help you make it to your dream school and help you with this GMAT beast. Just believe in yourself and you can do it. Do not hesitate to ask me if you have any other questions.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2005, 15:03
Congratulations Paul!!!

At last ur GMAT to Admit Journey is over. :done
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 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2005, 15:21
Great news Paul. Well deserved!
Its clear that great schools such as LBS have a good selection process! LBS has certainly picked a great guy.
Wish you the very best.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2005, 16:44
Congrats Paul! Thats great news. Keep it up
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Re: A new beginning: Admit to LBS - Masters in Finance Sept [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 11:17
Paul wrote:
Dear members,
I finally made it to one of my preferred schools and received the news this morning. I know that I was not supposed to apply to any school before next year or the one after but I somehow received an information package about LBS's MiF program shortly after I completed my GMAT last November. I at first did not intend on applying but upon further consideration, I found the program absolutely thrilling in the sense that it would cater to my own career aspirations: To work as a fund manager. I developed a strong passion for finance and I thought that it would have been a good combination to the CFA which I am completing right now. Furthermore, an MBA, in my case, would be somewhat of a regurgitation of my business undergraduate degree. I am saying the above because no matter what shool you decide to go to or which program you decide to undertake, you will have to be able to justify your choice, it is very important.

All that said, my stats are nothing amazing given that I had a poor undergraduate GPA but remember that if the score does not make you justice, say why so and mention what you have done since then to improve it. At some point, I even wondered if it would ever be possible for someone who has modest work experience to get into a good school given that work experience is more important at good b-schools. Furthermore, given that my GPA was not too good, I wondered how it would have been possible to break into investment analysis because the recruitment is mainly done with your transcript after graduation and jobs as such are rather scarce in my hometown. Yes, a kind of catch 22... But do not lose hope for if you have a good reason, a story to tell and are honest and genuine about how you say it, you will guarantee yourself a spot at your selected school.

My stats
GMAT: 710(Q49/V38/AWA5.5)
GPA: 2.97 :(
Work experience: Worked as a funds sales specialist for 3 years and as a NASDAQ equity trader for the last couple of months. I will have 3.5 years of work experience by the time I start school.
Accreditation: Canadian Investment Manager (Securities designation in portfolio management in Canada) and CFA level 3 candidate
Community involvement and interest:
- Director of finance for the a chinese professional association, a not for profit organization
- Co-captain for an ultimate frisbee league in my hometown

The interview
Just make sure that you review your letter of intent and know the typical questions that will be asked. Check out accepted.com and read the sticky that tvconefive wrote in the "share your experience" forum. My interview was in both french and english and I think it strengthened the fact that I could adapt to different cultures, different language barriers.

LBS was actually the only school and program I applied to this year and I am more than happy to have been accepted. For those who might be interested, they receive about 600-650 applications per year and about 130 students enroll in the program(two groups of approx. 60 students). I had to work since the age of 15, juggling school with work because I had to financially support my parents(mortgage), my brother(paid his tuition) and it is the reason why my GPA was substantially low. But as you can see, if you can justify your weaknesses, you can increase your chances of admission.

I just want to thank all of GMAT-club and the many members with whom I had superb interactions and many of whom I would so much like to hear from after they wrote their GMAT. I will be around to help you make it to your dream school and help you with this GMAT beast. Just believe in yourself and you can do it. Do not hesitate to ask me if you have any other questions.


Aha! Now isn't that a wonderful news. Happy for you, dude. We more or less started our journey's together and its nice to see you getting into one of your preferred colleges. As Praetorian suggested to me, I guess even you should keep a diary. Cherish the moment.

When do you start college ?

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Re: A new beginning: Admit to LBS - Masters in Finance Sept [#permalink] New post 08 May 2005, 22:03
congrats paul, LBS is a great school and after reading your post i agree that the B-schools look for an overall package of an applicant while taking a decision

regards

Paul wrote:
Dear members,
I finally made it to one of my preferred schools and received the news this morning. I know that I was not supposed to apply to any school before next year or the one after but I somehow received an information package about LBS's MiF program shortly after I completed my GMAT last November. I at first did not intend on applying but upon further consideration, I found the program absolutely thrilling in the sense that it would cater to my own career aspirations: To work as a fund manager. I developed a strong passion for finance and I thought that it would have been a good combination to the CFA which I am completing right now. Furthermore, an MBA, in my case, would be somewhat of a regurgitation of my business undergraduate degree. I am saying the above because no matter what shool you decide to go to or which program you decide to undertake, you will have to be able to justify your choice, it is very important.

All that said, my stats are nothing amazing given that I had a poor undergraduate GPA but remember that if the score does not make you justice, say why so and mention what you have done since then to improve it. At some point, I even wondered if it would ever be possible for someone who has modest work experience to get into a good school given that work experience is more important at good b-schools. Furthermore, given that my GPA was not too good, I wondered how it would have been possible to break into investment analysis because the recruitment is mainly done with your transcript after graduation and jobs as such are rather scarce in my hometown. Yes, a kind of catch 22... But do not lose hope for if you have a good reason, a story to tell and are honest and genuine about how you say it, you will guarantee yourself a spot at your selected school.

My stats
GMAT: 710(Q49/V38/AWA5.5)
GPA: 2.97 :(
Work experience: Worked as a funds sales specialist for 3 years and as a NASDAQ equity trader for the last couple of months. I will have 3.5 years of work experience by the time I start school.
Accreditation: Canadian Investment Manager (Securities designation in portfolio management in Canada) and CFA level 3 candidate
Community involvement and interest:
- Director of finance for the a chinese professional association, a not for profit organization
- Co-captain for an ultimate frisbee league in my hometown

The interview
Just make sure that you review your letter of intent and know the typical questions that will be asked. Check out accepted.com and read the sticky that tvconefive wrote in the "share your experience" forum. My interview was in both french and english and I think it strengthened the fact that I could adapt to different cultures, different language barriers.

LBS was actually the only school and program I applied to this year and I am more than happy to have been accepted. For those who might be interested, they receive about 600-650 applications per year and about 130 students enroll in the program(two groups of approx. 60 students). I had to work since the age of 15, juggling school with work because I had to financially support my parents(mortgage), my brother(paid his tuition) and it is the reason why my GPA was substantially low. But as you can see, if you can justify your weaknesses, you can increase your chances of admission.

I just want to thank all of GMAT-club and the many members with whom I had superb interactions and many of whom I would so much like to hear from after they wrote their GMAT. I will be around to help you make it to your dream school and help you with this GMAT beast. Just believe in yourself and you can do it. Do not hesitate to ask me if you have any other questions.
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Re: A new beginning: Admit to LBS - Masters in Finance Sept [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 13:04
Congrats Paul,
This is great news ... and wish u all the best
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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 15:13
Congrats Paul!

I am glad to see that people are giving the "MBA Alternatives" the serious consideration they deserve.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 18:38
Yippee! Congrats...terrific news. You deserve it. Very happy for you buddy.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2005, 21:50
Congrats Paul

You made it to your dream school. Each of us are landing in to different schools and I hope and wish each of us emerge to be a succesful business leaders.

Good luck all, and congrats for the admisssion. You deserve it.

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 [#permalink] New post 13 May 2005, 10:23
Wow Paul, that was a real surprise. Congrats to you though!!
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 [#permalink] New post 15 May 2005, 08:21
Hey Paul!!!

Great news! and good luck.

I wore a T-Shirt today, that said "Hard work never killed anybody, but why to take a chance". But I guess after reading this news, I will probably throw this T-shirt. :)

Take care and be in touch,

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 [#permalink] New post 20 May 2005, 17:43
Dear Paul,

My wishes are with you.
I am sure you will shine in London.

May your dreams come true.


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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 07:36
Congratulations Paul! That's wonderful news. You deserve it and I am very happy for you. Time to celebrate. :beer

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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 09:50
Paul,

thats gr8 that you got into LSB. Congrats......
you are also gr8 not only because you are helping your family members but also because you helped many in your gmat club family. you are wonderful person and i believe you will be gr8 person.

all the best, paul, for your future journies.
all the best again.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 18:33
Paul I just wanted to say that from all I have read and from all the times you have helped me and others I cannot imagine someone deserving this more than you brother!!!! GREAT FREAKIN JOB DUDE!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2005, 15:44
Congratulation man, GREAT JOB!!!!!

You are well desearved!!! I hope you will enjoy the life style over there!!
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2005, 07:52
Paul, Congrats on the excellent news. You earned it. Time to party :band :P :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2005, 13:43
Late in the game as usual - but my heartfelt congrats to you Paul!!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2005, 18:05
Sorry to be late. Congrats and enjoy London.
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