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Can I make it to a top school? [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2010, 22:50
Hello,
My grades/GMA/etc. are all in decent order. However, I am afraid (in spite of b-schools say about diverse backgrounds), my lack of experience that everyone else seems to have (banks and consulting, etc.) would be a major handicap in spite of my successes elsewhere.

Nationality: US Citizen, born outside the US, Asian male
Age: 26
GMAT: 720, 6.0 AWA
Work experience: 2 years
Education: BA from a top-tier private liberal arts college in English (Writing) & Financial Economics, Masters from a state university in Writing
GPA: 3.6 (Undergrad), 4.0 (Grad)
EC: ex-College athlete, Student Gov't VP, etc.

Background: I was interested in a lot of different fields (and, luckily, decent at all of them) so my undergraduate transcript ranges from Beowulf to Vector Calculus and everything in between. Some definitely would consider it confused but I actually was genuinely interested in learning! Regardless, I did my Master’s in Creative Writing right after undergraduate and after graduation found myself with two options--either working as a low-paid adjunct faculty or struggling to make ends meet as an editor. Instead, I started my own marketing company (without any loans or help, put $5,000 on my credit card) using my background in writing and hobby in web design. In the last two years, it has steadily grown and turned a profit of $124,000 this year when other small marketing firms in the region are shutting doors and has, among others, a US Senator as a client.

I have figured out many things on my own (payroll, taxes, etc.!) and make decisions out of gut but have always felt I would be better off at least knowing how others would approach the problems.

Post-MBA Goals: I want to either continue with my own company or join other exciting startup ventures.

Target schools (order of preference):
Harvard
Stanford
Yale
Berkeley
Dartmouth
UT-Austin
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Re: Can I make it to a top school? [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 17:12
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Hello,
My grades/GMA/etc. are all in decent order. However, I am afraid (in spite of b-schools say about diverse backgrounds), my lack of experience that everyone else seems to have (banks and consulting, etc.) would be a major handicap in spite of my successes elsewhere.

Nationality: US Citizen, born outside the US, Asian male
Age: 26
GMAT: 720, 6.0 AWA
Work experience: 2 years
Education: BA from a top-tier private liberal arts college in English (Writing) & Financial Economics, Masters from a state university in Writing
GPA: 3.6 (Undergrad), 4.0 (Grad)
EC: ex-College athlete, Student Gov't VP, etc.

Background: I was interested in a lot of different fields (and, luckily, decent at all of them) so my undergraduate transcript ranges from Beowulf to Vector Calculus and everything in between. Some definitely would consider it confused but I actually was genuinely interested in learning! Regardless, I did my Master’s in Creative Writing right after undergraduate and after graduation found myself with two options--either working as a low-paid adjunct faculty or struggling to make ends meet as an editor. Instead, I started my own marketing company (without any loans or help, put $5,000 on my credit card) using my background in writing and hobby in web design. In the last two years, it has steadily grown and turned a profit of $124,000 this year when other small marketing firms in the region are shutting doors and has, among others, a US Senator as a client.

I have figured out many things on my own (payroll, taxes, etc.!) and make decisions out of gut but have always felt I would be better off at least knowing how others would approach the problems.

Post-MBA Goals: I want to either continue with my own company or join other exciting startup ventures.

Target schools (order of preference):
Harvard
Stanford
Yale
Berkeley
Dartmouth
UT-Austin


interesting story. You have chosen your schools well, provided you can show leadership and community service.Tuckand Haas may prefer a little more work experience. You may also want to consider UCLA Anderson and MIT.

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