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Getting to Business School [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 15:28
Hello everyone!

New member here, been reading threads and discussions here for a while and thought I'd take the plunge and join in!

As the title implies, I'm interested in studying a MBA in the future. I'm originally from Brazil, I've grown up living in 9 different countries (and have studied/worked in the UK for 5 years now) and I am 24 years old. I went to Edge Hill University which is in the North-West (in between Liverpool and Manchester) where I studied Marketing and graduated summer 2010 with a 2.1 degree (equivalences are hard to find, but along the lines of 3.1-3.4 GPA from what I've read). Of course Edge Hill is no Oxford/Cambridge/LSE but it's a growing university and has been making headlines in the north-west as well as nationally.

Extra-curriculars during college included being Course rep for Marketing at our faculty, formed an International Student Society and was part of the Student Union Executive Committee representing International Students (including American exchange students, mostly from University of Michigan for any alumni from there!), I also played field hockey for a year and did some volunteering here and there.

I now work for a US financial services company in Manchester (in investment services) and have worked there for around 18 months and have recently been promoted; so it's all going swimmingly so far.

So enough with the self-promotion; as I mentioned I'm interested in going to Business school either 2014 or 15 (to score well in the GMAT and carefully prepare an application) and of course aiming high places like HBS, Wharton, NYU, Tuck are on my radar, but I have also looked at places like Darden, Boston U and Boston College to name a few.

In your opinions, am I aiming too high with places like HBS etc.? I know my academic background is good but not from an Oxbridge type of place. I am throwing myself head first into growing myself at my job (projects etc.) and am aiming for a GMAT score of around 700-720.

Thanks in advance for all replies.
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Re: Getting to Business School [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 15:38
You seem to have done a lot right thus far and if you keep up your momentum, you will be a very strong candidate for top MBA programs in the United States. Two matters that I might encourage you to pursue while you are preparing for your application is to (a) get involved in some form of innovative community service and (b) continue to take university level courses (preferably graduate level). You also seem to know the importance of the GMAT and have set a target score that is needed to be considered for most of these top notch programs.

As for HBS, your GPA is a bit low. Also, HBS takes a high percentage of its students from premier universities so not coming from the Oxford/Cambridge crowd might present an admissions hurdle. Saying that, we have worked with people from all types of schools who got into HBS (including our first candidate who received an on-line degree last year).

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Re: Getting to Business School   [#permalink] 19 Dec 2012, 15:38
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