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Can you please evaluate my profile. Thank you in advance! [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 04:31
Hello Mr. Bodine,

Thank you in advance for reading my profile, and sifting through the ton of text.

1. 23 year old South Asian-American

2. Undergrad: Boston University International Relations/Econ 3.1 overall 3.6 major

3. College Activities: E-Board of the Debate team, BU for Kerry Presidential campaign (interned at their Boston office), and founded a Indian dance society.

4. GMAT: I will be taking the GMAT in early August (scored 710 on the Princeton Review diagnostic)

5. Work Experience: Worked as a financial auditor for the Federal Reserve/Mass. Division of Banks for 1.5 years. Currently working at a 2 year old financial service company in India. My duties mostly consist of creating business plans and models to help entrepreneurs mid cap US companies seeking to expand through M&A, and enter the Indian market. I was attracted to this company because I am able to lead a team of 3 analysts and interact directly our client's CEO/CFO. Also, I wanted to work in India and understand its business environment.

6. Community Activities: I am helping to set up a rural health project that will develop a series of village level clinics in rural India. The project links universities in the U.S. and Europe with a leading medical college in Bangalore with the goal of setting of a Health policy center, that sponsors rural/urban health NGOs in India. I'm also learning Hindi, and Kannada (local language).

7. Why a MBA?
I actually decided that I wanted an MBA while I was still in undergrad. My concentration focused on economic development in Asia, and by the end of my 4 years I realized that I wanted to help grow local companies in India. My major did not really provide the necessary analytical tools I needed to enter the consulting field so I joined the Fed with an eye on learning how large corporations worked, and developing an analytical skillset. Once I had the proper skills I found a small company (80 people when I joined) in India that where I could help small/mid sized companies through consultancy. Since joining I've also headed up the business development side of the business and the company has increased revenues 150% and now has 160 employees (not directly my doing the CEO is great, but I helped). I want to get a MBA so that I can start a company that helps develop business in India, and helps international companies establish themselves in the Indian market.

8. Target schools/preferences: I have been looking at schools with strong consulting and entrepreneurship tracks but really need advice on what schools may be a good fit. I know that Harvard, Wharton, Stanford are reaches (maybe an understatement). Incidently, my current boss is a Wharton alum and is active in the alumni society (will that help?). Thanks again for your advice!
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Re: Can you please evaluate my profile. Thank you in advanc [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2007, 11:56
shmegs wrote:
Hello Mr. Bodine,

Thank you in advance for reading my profile, and sifting through the ton of text.

1. 23 year old South Asian-American

2. Undergrad: Boston University International Relations/Econ 3.1 overall 3.6 major

3. College Activities: E-Board of the Debate team, BU for Kerry Presidential campaign (interned at their Boston office), and founded a Indian dance society.

4. GMAT: I will be taking the GMAT in early August (scored 710 on the Princeton Review diagnostic)

5. Work Experience: Worked as a financial auditor for the Federal Reserve/Mass. Division of Banks for 1.5 years. Currently working at a 2 year old financial service company in India. My duties mostly consist of creating business plans and models to help entrepreneurs mid cap US companies seeking to expand through M&A, and enter the Indian market. I was attracted to this company because I am able to lead a team of 3 analysts and interact directly our client's CEO/CFO. Also, I wanted to work in India and understand its business environment.

6. Community Activities: I am helping to set up a rural health project that will develop a series of village level clinics in rural India. The project links universities in the U.S. and Europe with a leading medical college in Bangalore with the goal of setting of a Health policy center, that sponsors rural/urban health NGOs in India. I'm also learning Hindi, and Kannada (local language).

7. Why a MBA?
I actually decided that I wanted an MBA while I was still in undergrad. My concentration focused on economic development in Asia, and by the end of my 4 years I realized that I wanted to help grow local companies in India. My major did not really provide the necessary analytical tools I needed to enter the consulting field so I joined the Fed with an eye on learning how large corporations worked, and developing an analytical skillset. Once I had the proper skills I found a small company (80 people when I joined) in India that where I could help small/mid sized companies through consultancy. Since joining I've also headed up the business development side of the business and the company has increased revenues 150% and now has 160 employees (not directly my doing the CEO is great, but I helped). I want to get a MBA so that I can start a company that helps develop business in India, and helps international companies establish themselves in the Indian market.

8. Target schools/preferences: I have been looking at schools with strong consulting and entrepreneurship tracks but really need advice on what schools may be a good fit. I know that Harvard, Wharton, Stanford are reaches (maybe an understatement). Incidently, my current boss is a Wharton alum and is active in the alumni society (will that help?). Thanks again for your advice!


shmegs,

You have an interesting profile and an impressive one. If you ace that GMAT you may have a chance at top schools. However, you are quite young, so you might improve your chances of admission to the top schools if you wait a bit and just keep doing what you're doing: building up a distinctive profile. In terms of schools, given your entrepreneurial and consulting goals and assuming a 700-plus GMAT I think you could target Wharton, Michigan, MIT Sloan, Haas, among others. If you do wait and continue on the track you're on in terms of leadership, impact, and distinctiveness then I would be more likely to say you would have a shot at HBS and Stanford as well.

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2007, 22:07
Thanks Mr. Bodine!

Thank you for your feedback, it answered many of my questions. I know I'm young but at the time of my application I will have 2.5 years experience (1.5 years in the US, one year in India). Is that enough to offset my youth? Also forgot to add 2 extra-curriculars: I'm volunteering at a spastic society, and training for the Tough Guy challenge toughguy.co.uk (it looks crazy but a friend who did last year said it was a blast).

Ideally I would like to visit the schools you've listed but I'm in India. I am planning on contacting the admissions dept. and ask them to put me in touch with an alumnus in India. I am excited about attending all the schools on my list: Wharton, MIT, Haas, Chicago, Duke, and Ross but won't be back in the US until late December. Is speaking with the adcoms, and an alumnus oversees enough to demonstrate interest? Thank you again for your invaluable advice.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2007, 11:45
shmegs wrote:
Thanks Mr. Bodine!

Thank you for your feedback, it answered many of my questions. I know I'm young but at the time of my application I will have 2.5 years experience (1.5 years in the US, one year in India). Is that enough to offset my youth? Also forgot to add 2 extra-curriculars: I'm volunteering at a spastic society, and training for the Tough Guy challenge toughguy.co.uk (it looks crazy but a friend who did last year said it was a blast).

Ideally I would like to visit the schools you've listed but I'm in India. I am planning on contacting the admissions dept. and ask them to put me in touch with an alumnus in India. I am excited about attending all the schools on my list: Wharton, MIT, Haas, Chicago, Duke, and Ross but won't be back in the US until late December. Is speaking with the adcoms, and an alumnus oversees enough to demonstrate interest? Thank you again for your invaluable advice.


shmegs,

2.5 years of work experience will still be on the low side at most schools, but then again they do welcome young applicants who are exceptional. You will still be considered a younger applicant so you will want your stories to show that you have already done as much as older applicants.

Schools will cut you some slack because of your distance. I do think talking to adcoms and overseas alumni will be enough, but be aggressive about that. I.e., talk to as many alumni as you can. Really build a network.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2007, 04:58
Thank you for all your advice!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2007, 09:20
shmegs wrote:
Thank you for all your advice!


You're welcome and good luck.
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