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ex NFL player Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2010, 11:45
THANK YOU!

710 (48Q/ 40V), 5.5
UVA undergrad - graduated in 2005, played football as a grad student in 2006 but no degree (3.6 educ school - how will HBS specifically view this?)
3.35 GPA
Econ Major
Captain of the football team as a senior
WE 1: Drafted into the NFL - spent 2 years between 3 teams, nothing notable in terms of achievement.
WE 2: 3 years: independent asset management platform with $40 billion(10 yrs old, just went public) - I research money managers, 3 notable promotions.

ECs: Lots of outreach events with kids as a college and pro athlete
Awards: Student Athlete of the yr as senior in college

Post-MBA: asset management industry management

Target Schools: HBS/ Wharton/ LBS
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Re: ex NFL player Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2010, 00:44
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Hi Hoorunit,

Good stuff. A lot of b-schools love sports in a profile; it's like catnip. DI is great and pro is even better. There's so much intrinsic teamwork, character building, competition, dealing with adversity, and so on. It can anchor essays and interviews alike.

I don't think you have to sweat the grad experience in that you didn't finish, especially if it was just to be eligible to play. On the flip side, a good GPA doesn't do anything FOR you. It will be your college GPA and GMAT that make up your academic profile. Good WE and if you can write great essays, I think you can be competitive at those great programs.

No Columbia, no Booth?

Sorry to be so brief - it's an insane time of year. If you are applying down the road rather than right now, PM me after Jan 15 and we can set you up with a free consultation. We work with a lot of former athletes and/or people who work in pro sports.

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Re: ex NFL player Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2010, 12:03
Thanks! Much appreciated.

I've thought about and looked at both booth and CBS, but don't want to spread myself too thin for round 2. Will be a stretch to have all 3 (HBS/W/LBS) in good shape by Jan deadlines.

Do you think I'd have a likely shot at Columbia round 3? Booth?

Also, how do you think HBS will view my age? I know I am on the older side but the fact that I had a 5th year in college to play ball and 2 separate careers?

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Re: ex NFL player Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 18:54
Hoorunit - I will send you a PM on this (you need to be logged in to read it) even though you didn't post in Peer Review.
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Re: ex NFL player Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 22:51
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Hoorunit,

You would be better off waiting on Rd 3 for LBS and making sure to get CBS or Booth out the door by Jan 5. I would not recommend applying late to Columbia, especially because reapplicants don't get a chance to press the reset button if it doesn't work out.

HBS is tough on anyone who graduated more than four years ago, it seems, with the exception of military or LDS. That said, your NFL career delayed your work experience, meaning that you can be the "early achiever/accelerator" who seems to fare well at Harvard.

If you need any help getting essays in shape, but sure to PM me as we have great success helping people click it all in place.

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