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New post 30 Apr 2011, 22:55
Hello Gil,

Speaking of GMAT, what is the schools’ attitude to candidates who took the GMAT more than once? Do you think that an old (low) score might hurt admission chances?

In most cases (unless specifically stated otherwise by the school), the lower scores have low to negligible impact. The highest score counts the most by far.
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New post 30 Apr 2011, 23:25
Hi Gil,

Thanks for taking out time and reading my profile It’s a relatively longer one
Current Age - 28 yrs old
Nationality : Indian Male( fortunately/unfortunately neither into IT nor an Engineer)
Educational Background: Qualified Chartered Accountant( ACA/CPA)- First attempt - , ICWAI ( CIMA) - First attempt and CMA( USA). Both schooling ( 10th and 12th) and graduation( B.Com) from Indias' top 10 Schools.

Work Experience
I have 7 years of experience (+ 3 years Article ship with Price Waterhouse) in Investment banking, Private Equity, Valuations and M&A having worked with Deutsche Bank, HSBC, GE Capital - Private Equity and Shell India. Have around 3 years of international experience out of those 7 yrs. All these intl exp are for valuations, due diligence and market study/competitor analysis. Infact I have worked in more than 24 countries around the world in those 3 years ( Whole of Europe, IND, USA, UK, AUZ, NZ, ME)
Have significant leadership and people management experience in both current and in the past profiles. Currently working as an M&A and strategy lead reporting to the CFO of an major Oil Drilling company in Muscat, Oman. Looking out for potential Acquisitions targets ~$300 Mio to $ 500 Mio. in the oil field services Industry across continents. Hence extensive travel to places, oil fields (interior of Arabs nations, rigs and hoists). As of now independently working on the IPO of the company and would be going public in next 1 year. This would be the first IPO coming out of an Oil Services company in this part of the world. Designing the Preliminary IPO process, our company positioning the market, Prelim Valuation incl that of competitors (EV, EBITDA Multiples..) and listing considerations..

Achievements:
-Received university top score of 100% in Quants- Statistics..
-Was selected amongst 50 Employees out of 100,000 to undergo the prestigious GE Finance Leadership Program. - An International rotational program of 2 years with 6 months on each project, Worked on FX/Treasury, M&A, Corporate finance and Internal controls.
- Undergone the leadership program of Shell Oil& Gas Company. Sponsored by Shell Hague at their headquarters- full time 2 months program.
- I am also a certified assessor by CII ( confederation of Indian industries) and a certified treasury manager by catalyst consulting group
- Couple of M&A deals of > $ 500 Mio in oil&gas sphere ( Australia and Europe )
- Very good bid/tender contract experience in oil field drilling services ( projects> $50 M) in ME, NZ and Aus.

Extra curricular:
-Stated a group called "Mavericks" consisting of all F1 fans. I, along with couple of friends, started it and i am still an active member of it.( started it in 2000)
-Helped our office staff understand the importance of recycling paper and effective usage of paper. Hired a vendor subsequently and ordered the diaries and calendars of the following year using the recycled paper of our office.
-Part of 'Citizen Journalist' program of BBC during the General Elections in '09.Travelledn to interior district of Andhra Pradesh, India to understand the real problems of people, captured their views/sentiments through pictures and videos and shared the data with BBC, London.
- A member of our society committee which helps in the day-to-day management of things the locality
-Founded and operated a small coffee shop/canteen (with around 10 employees) during the college days and subsequently sold it to a larger chain of canteen. Started with an Initial Investment of Rs 8000( USD 200) and sold it at Rs 1,60,000( USD 4000) and used my share of money to fund my further education.

Community service
-worked with an NGO in India during the Tsunami in India in 2004. Visited Nagapatanam and was there for a month and helped rebuild the houses and village.
- Been an active member of Teach India Campaign for last 2-3 years.
-Stated a group in our locality to help people understand the effective and efficient usage of water and helped in putting thru a rain water harvesting plant in the locality. Was a huge responsibility to coordinate with the bureaucrats and convince them for approvals
-worked with an NGO which works for people who have problems related to Eye.
- Currently working with an international NGO for the education and rehabilitation of poor Arab children- Interiors of Oman.

GMAT in Dec 2008 - 610. Will be writing again in next 2-3 months. Expect a score of minimum 680.. My goal post MBA is to work for a BB IBD-M&A group in London/HK/SGP.( SGP - preferably). I would surely try for PE/VC as well but I know it’s very difficult to get into one with prior esp. PE/VC from a B School. But the first preference would be BB - M&A in Singapore.

I have in past 5 years done a lot of research n US/Europe B schools. I know with my low GMAT I’m probably not in any sight of any Top school (610 though makes in 80% range of some of the good schools). A lot of consultants/ex-students told me I can get into some schools like IESE, Simon, and ESADE with this score. But then, I don’t want to do an MBA just because I need one to move up in career and do it from some university. I want to do it from a good and reputed institute (not that above ones aren’t), where learning is a focus. and diversity is well regarded. I want to learn and contribute to the environment. My preference is to do a 12- 18 Months Full time MBA.

Please let me know your opinion on my profile and suggest some schools or alternatives. Planning to apply to Insead Jan 2013, LBS and IMD (R2 2012). Insead has in past stated that they are fine with 70% cut off in each section of GMAT, not sure if that’s what they stick to in reality..

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumptions of strong essays and recommendations, reasonable B.Com. GPA (not with distinction) and a GMAT score of 680, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at IMD and LBS and competitive-to-stretch at INSEAD. You may also want to consider Cornell's 12-month program (competitive), Kellogg's 12-month program (stretch), and the Cambridge and Oxford programs (competitive to strong in both, closer to competitive).

According to our experience, your admission chances are likely to be a bit higher if:
- You have an arrangement with the Muscat company (your current employer) of being appointed to a senior position there after graduation.
- You connect your career plan more closely with the oil & gas business (i.e. with your prior, significant and relatively unique experience).


Do you think my chances would improve significantly at schools like LBS/Insead/IMD if I improve my GMAT by 60 -70 points?
Yes.
How much of my international experience of working in 24 -28 countries coupled with my leadership experience would be of interest to INSEAD and how much will they appreciate it while deciding my candidature,.
It will be of significant importance. Your experience (and demonstrated leadership and "go-getter" skills) are relatively unique and, in my opinion, impressive, especially considering your age.

Thanks a lot Gil for helping me .
Sudhir

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Male- 25years, Indian

Hi GIL,
Can u please evaluate my profile and let me know if i should apply this year or work on my profile to make it better.. Thanks!

I am graduate from IIT- Delhi, Btech batch of 2009
I was working with a top oil and gas company in its project execution department for a year
i quit that job and now i am working with a management consulting firm, working across verticals with fortune 1000 companies dealing with projects aimed towards market entry strategy, market research, etc.

Btech- IIT- Delhi
CFA Level1- pass
My GPA from college- 7.1/10
12th CBSE- 80%
10 CBSE- 85%
Gmat- 730/ 5 (quant-50, verbal-38)
current work ex- 2 years
work ex by 2012 intake- more than 3 years

Extra curricular-
1) professionally trained in Dance (jazz and salsa) by well known indian dance schools-performed in various shows at the national level, member of the event organising team of the dance schools;
2)professionally trained in classical music;
3) district level swimmer
4) associated with an NGO for blind children. donating money for the past 10 years on a monthly basis

I should be able to manage strong recommendation letters from both my current and previous employers and from my academic institution.

I am planning to apply to top Bschools for the 2012 intake of their MBA programs, which schools should i target? which B-schools do i have a good/ average/ dream chance of getting into?
How good are the chances of getting a scholarship and in which universities?
Given your background, I am working under the assumption that your interest is mostly in general management programs. On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at INSEAD and Tuck, competitive-to-stretch at Harvard (closer to stretch), stretch as Stanford, competitive-to-strong (closer to competitive) at Darden, Duke, Michigan and IMD and strong with potential for a significant scholarship at schools such as Ivey, IESE, Kelley and UNC.

As to applying this year vs. next year - in your case, it may make sense to apply this year, and, if you're not happy with the results, to apply again next year (possibly with additional promotions/distinctions/achievements under your belt, and with additional application experience). With your level of experience, your current young age is somewhat of an advantage at some of the schools.




how is IESE spain in terms of job prospects, or is getting a job in europe a problem after an mba from IESE?

Our expertise is "how to get accepted", I feel less qualified to answer job-related post-MBA questions... in general, yes, based on what I see and hear, if you don't speak Spanish, your European job prospects post-IESE are significantly narrower compared to LBS or INSEAD.



Thanks and best regards!

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Hi, I was wondering if schools look at when you took the GMAT. I took the GMAT in mid-2007 and scored a 700 (92%) and am planning to apply to schools in the fall. Since I took the exam the average scores at most schools has gone up 10-20 points - today a 92% is in the 710-720 range. How do schools take this into account, if at all?
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Hello Gil. Your story is quite impressive -- thanks a lot for all the insight.

I've asked about my backround before as well, and was wondering if I might throw my profile into this forum too. Link here:

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Nationality - Indian , male , 24 years old

Education
Gmat-720
CFA-level 2 candidate
BE ( electronics ) -74% , unknown engineering college

Work experience
- Working with Caritas India ( non profit ) as a project coordinator and have also been a consultant on five different income generation projects so far( total work ex so far 1.5 years) . My job is to do a thorough market analysis , and come up with strategies to create small scale units which employ people from the backward sections of the society. So, that these people can have a sustained source of income.
-Interesting aspect of this job is that I get to deal with politicians too .

Entrepreneurship experience:---6 months
- I have always had a passion to teach . My family has been running a couple of private schools for the last 37 years in the city i live in . I started a private sponsorship program along with a few eminent names in the field of education in my city , where we fund the primary education for children who cannot afford to go to private schools . It is a whole business model( 75% of the earnings are used to sponsor these kids , and rest of it is used for day to day operations ). It would take me a whole page to explain how this thing works , but the bottomline is this model is first of it's kind and is doing quite well . We have been able to sponsor 12 children so far and have raised more than 25,000$ in 6 months time. ( indian equivalent is quite high , apparantly you only need 1500-2000$ to sponsor a child's education in india for good 10-12 years )

Leadership/ community service / extracurrics
-won't bore you with a laundry list but i have been involved with quite a few things ( state level singer , sportsmen , and several other entrepreneurship experience ..etc !

My target schools are - UCLA, YALE ( don't know if it's a realistic target !) will be applying for 2013 intake

Post MBA:: HONESTLY i want to work as an advisor to the Government of India and head my own social ventures.
Why MBA ? -A good B-school's name gives you instant recognition amongst the masses and makes your job easier !
( and dismisses the perennial question - "what are you doing with your life?"

So my questions to you are :- You can pretty much see tht i am a jack of all traits sortff a guy i am all over the place !!

1) How do i categorize my work experience?
2) The path i am heading on is non traditional and I would like to know do people get into good MBA programs taking on such paths?
3) General feedbacks on my profile would be greatly appreciated too
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GilLevi wrote:
Hi Gil,

Thanks for taking out time and reading my profile It’s a relatively longer one

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumptions of strong essays and recommendations, reasonable B.Com. GPA (not with distinction) and a GMAT score of 680, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at IMD and LBS and competitive-to-stretch at INSEAD. You may also want to consider Cornell's 12-month program (competitive), Kellogg's 12-month program (stretch), and the Cambridge and Oxford programs (competitive to strong in both, closer to competitive).

According to our experience, your admission chances are likely to be a bit higher if:
- You have an arrangement with the Muscat company (your current employer) of being appointed to a senior position there after graduation.
- You connect your career plan more closely with the oil & gas business (i.e. with your prior, significant and relatively unique experience).


Do you think my chances would improve significantly at schools like LBS/Insead/IMD if I improve my GMAT by 60 -70 points?
Yes.
How much of my international experience of working in 24 -28 countries coupled with my leadership experience would be of interest to INSEAD and how much will they appreciate it while deciding my candidature,.
It will be of significant importance. Your experience (and demonstrated leadership and "go-getter" skills) are relatively unique and, in my opinion, impressive, especially considering your age.

Thanks a lot Gil for helping me .
Sudhir

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Thanks for your feedback. Infact I have cleared my Chartered Accountancy and CMA both in First attempt( 0.1% 70,000 odd students) and have distinction in my Bcom as well. I'm currently reporting to the CFO and working on the IPO of the company( First Oil services company in Middle east to go to public).
Do you think I have better chances to get into LBS over Insead? Considering my strong Finance + Oil& gas market experience. I have spoken to you colleague Manish Agarwal and he was very positive on my chances at Insead@ 680 GMAT. Must say , talking with him was a pleasure. A real helpful guy. I promise I wud come back to you guys post GMAT for taking other serivces.

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Hi, I was wondering if schools look at when you took the GMAT. I took the GMAT in mid-2007 and scored a 700 (92%) and am planning to apply to schools in the fall. Since I took the exam the average scores at most schools has gone up 10-20 points - today a 92% is in the 710-720 range. How do schools take this into account, if at all?

According to our experience, most admission committee members will not take this into account for the simple reason that it's a bit complicated to notice, digest and remember while they have a lot of other stuff (and other applications) to handle.
However, if you bring this up and explain it clearly in the optional essay (or as a separate note, where applicable) then, most likely, this fact will be noticed and understood and will have a small positive effect on your candidacy.
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Nationality - Indian , male , 24 years old

Education
Gmat-720
CFA-level 2 candidate
BE ( electronics ) -74% , unknown engineering college

Work experience
- Working with Caritas India ( non profit ) as a project coordinator and have also been a consultant on five different income generation projects so far( total work ex so far 1.5 years) . My job is to do a thorough market analysis , and come up with strategies to create small scale units which employ people from the backward sections of the society. So, that these people can have a sustained source of income.
-Interesting aspect of this job is that I get to deal with politicians too .

Entrepreneurship experience:---6 months
- I have always had a passion to teach . My family has been running a couple of private schools for the last 37 years in the city i live in . I started a private sponsorship program along with a few eminent names in the field of education in my city , where we fund the primary education for children who cannot afford to go to private schools . It is a whole business model( 75% of the earnings are used to sponsor these kids , and rest of it is used for day to day operations ). It would take me a whole page to explain how this thing works , but the bottomline is this model is first of it's kind and is doing quite well . We have been able to sponsor 12 children so far and have raised more than 25,000$ in 6 months time. ( indian equivalent is quite high , apparantly you only need 1500-2000$ to sponsor a child's education in india for good 10-12 years )

Leadership/ community service / extracurrics
-won't bore you with a laundry list but i have been involved with quite a few things ( state level singer , sportsmen , and several other entrepreneurship experience ..etc !

My target schools are - UCLA, YALE ( don't know if it's a realistic target !) will be applying for 2013 intake

Post MBA:: HONESTLY i want to work as an advisor to the Government of India and head my own social ventures.
Why MBA ? -A good B-school's name gives you instant recognition amongst the masses and makes your job easier !
( and dismisses the perennial question - "what are you doing with your life?"

So my questions to you are :- You can pretty much see tht i am a jack of all traits sortff a guy i am all over the place !!

1) How do i categorize my work experience?
2) The path i am heading on is non traditional and I would like to know do people get into good MBA programs taking on such paths?
3) General feedbacks on my profile would be greatly appreciated too
looking forward to your reply

From what you describe it sounds to me like your best bet may be to either run with the non-profit angle or with the entrepreneurial angle (in which case you'd want to focus on the entrepreneurial aspects of your Caritas work and on entrepreneurial stuff you did with your family business even before you started the sponsorship program). My first impression is that the non-profit focus will be easier to convey and present.
As to the non-traditional background and career plan - absolutely. The top programs look to diversify the class. Therefore, often people with unusual background have an easier time getting in.
In terms of your career plan, though, you may want to focus on just one of the two directions you mentioned. Possibly the social ventures one would work better, because it connects well with your background and with the non-profit focus that I mentioned above.
Hope this helps.
Good luck!


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Thanks for your feedback. Infact I have cleared my Chartered Accountancy and CMA both in First attempt( 0.1% 70,000 odd students) and have distinction in my Bcom as well. I'm currently reporting to the CFO and working on the IPO of the company( First Oil services company in Middle east to go to public).
Do you think I have better chances to get into LBS over Insead? Considering my strong Finance + Oil& gas market experience.

Yes, I think you have an even better chance at LBS because of your strong financial background (LBS is more finance-oriented than INSEAD) and because LBS is a bit more flexible on the GMAT side.

I have spoken to you colleague Manish Agarwal and he was very positive on my chances at Insead@ 680 GMAT. Must say , talking with him was a pleasure. A real helpful guy. Happy to hear that. Thanks! I promise I wud come back to you guys post GMAT for taking other serivces.


Thanks for helping the students
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Good luck Sudhir! Crossing fingers.

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I have been on gmatclub for a long time and thanks to this wonderful website for giving aspirants all the information.

I want a look at my profile and an opinion on schools I can apply to.

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6 Months as a fashion merchandiser
2 years with State Bank of India as Probationary Officer (Assistant Manager), have worked in Dehradun, Bazpur, currently posted in Agra

GMAT:- 670, QA 46, VA 36, April 2011

Looking for good MBA schools, Europe or Americas, Please suggest where all can I apply... is my GMAT competitive?

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Could not find them on your site.


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Hi,

I have been on gmatclub for a long time and thanks to this wonderful website for giving aspirants all the information.Thanks! Happy to hear.

I want a look at my profile and an opinion on schools I can apply to.

Class 10- 87%
Class 12- 72%
10th and 12th from CBSE, New Delhi, India
Economics (Honours)- 59.9%.... A three year degree course from India
University of Delhi, 2007
1 year with Ernst and Young
Joined as Audit Associate, promoted to Advanced Audit Associate within six months
6 Months as a fashion merchandiser
2 years with State Bank of India as Probationary Officer (Assistant Manager), have worked in Dehradun, Bazpur, currently posted in Agra

GMAT:- 670, QA 46, VA 36, April 2011

Looking for good MBA schools, Europe or Americas, Please suggest where all can I apply... is my GMAT competitive?

Thanks

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at schools such as Simon, IE and ESADE, competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at UNC, IESE, Emory and USC, competitive to stretch at Cornell, competitive to stretch (closer to stretch) at Tepper and competitive to strong (closer to strong) at Babson and RSM.

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I would like to know the pricing of your services.
Could not find them on your site.

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Apologies... we'll make the pricing info more easily noticable.

Please see: http://www.aringo.com/Service2.htm
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Good luck with your application process.

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Hi Gil,

I have a question that I am hoping you will be able to answer. I have read MBA admissions books and browsed gmat prep/MBA admissions sites with different admissions consultants offering tips. The general consensus seems to be that the GMAT operates on a 'threshold' principle. You don't have enough then you are almost out in most cases (barring exceptions). Of course, the question remains - how much is enough? Generally a 700 for most top schools. To get in with a lower gmat you need to pull something else out of the bag, something special.

So my question is: with a high emphasis on helping low gmat applicants get into top programs is Aringo running against popular perception that you first need to check the box against getting a 700 score and then worry about writing apps? Have your low (I guess scores in the 600s) gmat scorers gotten in because they have something exceptional (military, sport etc.) that has been presented appropriately in the apps or has it been because they were able to construct the app in such a way as to get in without necessarily having something truly exceptional? By truly exceptional I mean some extracurricular prowess that is hard to overlook.

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New post 27 May 2011, 02:34
Hi Gil,

I have a question that I am hoping you will be able to answer. I have read MBA admissions books and browsed gmat prep/MBA admissions sites with different admissions consultants offering tips. The general consensus seems to be that the GMAT operates on a 'threshold' principle. You don't have enough then you are almost out in most cases (barring exceptions). Of course, the question remains - how much is enough? Generally a 700 for most top schools. To get in with a lower gmat you need to pull something else out of the bag, something special.

So my question is: with a high emphasis on helping low gmat applicants get into top programs is Aringo running against popular perception that you first need to check the box against getting a 700 score and then worry about writing apps?
Yes we do. Based on our experience, you can get into the top-10 schools with a GMAT score below 700, and you don't need to be the son of Obama, or a Mark Zuckerberg, to make this happen.
Have your low (I guess scores in the 600s) gmat scorers gotten in because they have something exceptional (military, sport etc.) that has been presented appropriately in the apps or has it been because they were able to construct the app in such a way as to get in without necessarily having something truly exceptional? By truly exceptional I mean some extracurricular prowess that is hard to overlook.

It rarely happened that one of our candidates gets into a top school because of one thing. it was often the cumulative picture. It's a puzzle, and the GMAT is one piece of it. The GPA, the work experience, the strategy/career plan, the recommendations, the essays - are all pieces in this puzzle. Yes, if one piece is weak, then the others have to be stronger. If two pieces are weak, then the others have to be even stronger. According to our experience, it is very rare that only one piece is so strong that all the others don't matter (and vice versa). In addition, when one piece is weak (say that GMAT) there are ways to counter-balance this piece with external or other data (e.g. did you take and IQ test?). At the end of the day, it's the whole picture that matters. And there are many pieces to play with.


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Hope this makes sense... good luck!

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Hi Gil,
How should I direct my career/studies in order to boost my admission chances?
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I assume you are applying in several years... What usually helps in respect to your career plan at this stage is to think about a “theme” that is quite closely connected to what you have done thus far, and to continue following this “theme” in your career (as well as at school and in community work) from now on. This theme can be in the form of focus on a specific industry (for example, information security) or professional field (for example, consumer marketing).
Such “theme” is one of several factors that will help boost your candidacy, and you should weigh the various factors against each other when making decisions. For example, if on the one hand you can secure a position that is related to the abovementioned “theme” but where you cannot display leadership (or alternately, you don’t expect to be promoted), while another position will allow you to manage 10 people (or, for example, you expect to be promoted twice within two years), the second alternative is probably stronger.
In addition to wise career choices, it would be good to focus your attention on 2-3 potential recommenders (if there is someone who is very senior or famous and you can perform some work for them it will be excellent) and build strong relationships with them, consider engaging in public/social/volunteer/political activities (if it comes in the context of leadership, or being elected to a position, or entrepreneurship, it will be especially beneficial), build relationships with students and alumni of the programs you are interested in, look into the possibility of establishing something new and successful, at this time or later on (such as an organization, department, etc.), accumulate as many distinctions as possible at school/work/other activities, learn about the schools, visit campuses if you get the chance, and choose 2-3 schools to focus on.
Also see this link for more on the topic: http://aringo.com/PreparationProcess.htm

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New post 05 Jun 2011, 14:56
Hello Gil,

Thanks for your effort with providing such valuable advice ; its greatly appreciated!

Mentioned below are details which may give you an insight into my application:

From: India, Age- Will be 29 this July

GPA: 3.28 Babson College, Massachusetts with a Finance major, Bachelors of Science, Business Management Degree in 2006
Started college with a 2.6 GPA freshman year & final semester was 3.9 GPA. Junior/Senior Year GPA was 3.5+and Finance Major GPA was about 3.7

Work Experience: (4 years in all PLUS entrepreneurial projects)
3 years in Financial Services at a small boutique firm in Boston - Financial Analyst, Investments (2006-2007 then 2008-2010)
1 year in Family Business - Manufacturing (India) from 2007-2008 ; then went back to Boston from 2008-2010
Returned to India in 2010 October as my father was diagnosed with cancer so i had to leave and return immediately.

Non Profit:
Im working on a non profit organization at this point but do not have it legally established yet - 125 embroiders/weavers have joined and my goal is to educate them and really market their services to fashion designers & consumers directly - also making sure they are not exploited in any way what so ever. My goal is to grow this to a membership of about 500 people over the next few months. Just thought of mentioning this on my application, for some reason i hadnt though of this earlier .. you think its a good idea?

Entrepreneurship Experience:
Started a Fashion Accessories business while working , designed a collection of scarves and sold to e-commerce websites and boutiques in USA (2007 onwards while in India)
Also started another fashion jewelry brand a month ago (May 2011 ) and selling in the USA again- again handled everything from designing right up to dealing with buyers

GMAT: 700

Passion, Personal Story And Career goals:

Major passion is Textile Design (woven textiles- I also learned to weave myself over these years) of the type achieved during the highest period of the Renaissance in Europe, in Turkey & Iran. Long term goal is to setup a luxury lifestyle brand that has the ability to revitalize those extravagant hand woven textiles by making the designs more contemporary and suitable for Haute Couture and the finest Home Decor. Setting up such a company would be patronizing the work of villages full of weavers and artists in India who have left the trade for other lucrative professions and/or are dying in poverty due to no demand of their work. I feel an obligation to these artisans as patronage of the arts in India stopped around 1950 when the british raj was abolished. I belong to an Indian Royal Family (not anymore though, my grand father was the last ruler---various Family members now are into National level politics- senator etc.) and would like to revitalize this industry but with an approach of running a luxury brand which is why i want to pursue a good MBA.

Keeping my long term goals in mind, I would like to work in the Luxury Industry immediately following the MBA program, on the management side which would eventually prepare me for my longer term goal !

Should i elaborate on family background and this story in my application essays? I dont know where i could stand a chance though im very keen on Columbia (would early action help??) , NYU, Dartmouth (Early action???) , Yale, UVA Darden and the more elite ones-where do you think i should apply... Id like Kellogg/Chicago and Wharton too but there's no change il get in there-

Your help is much appreciated-- Thank You!
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great, thanks for the tips and the link. really helpful!
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