Joined: 15 Dec 2005
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Harvard aspirations - possible, or delusional? [#permalink]
15 Dec 2005, 13:05
If anyone is willing to take a stab at analyzing my chances at the Crimson H, I'd be happy to listen (or read, as the case may be).
In no particular order:
- 28, white, male,
- 1st in family to go to college
- BA (3.74) in Psych, MA (3.83) in Experimental Psych from middle-of-the-road college (but it's said to be up-and-coming). Degrees were granted as part of a combined BA-MA program
- 670 GMAT, 98th%ile Verbal, 52%ile Math, 5.5 writing
- 5 years of full time work, 2 in marketing research, 3 in psychophysical research
- Strong background in stats, both in class and at work
- Looking to focus degree on marketing and strategy, with a specific focus on non-profits.
I think the devil may be in the details for this one, though.
-- Outside of work, I was named the Director of Strategic Planning for a 100 chapter, 10,000 member international social club. Responsibilities include improving the organizational structure, creating committees, survey research, targeting areas for new chapters, and media relations. As a result, I've been interviewed for major and minor media outlets, including CNN and Salon.com. I report directly to the head of the organization; it's very much a leadership position.
-- The majority of this club's members are intentionally childless. The childfree, as they are known, are on the verge of becoming a bona fide "movement" within the next 5-10 years. I would be using my post-MBA career to focus on the childfree.
-- My wife is a 1L at Harvard Law. She attended the same undergrad I did.
-- I've been able to avail myself of some Harvard-related events, including acting as a survey consultant for some 1L's, attending Harvard Leadership Committee lectures, and sitting in on a cross-listed HBS/JFK course on social marketing.
-- My three recommendations should be top notch (though I imagine everyone's will be), with one from my former supervisor, one from the head of the social club, and one from my old boss, who just receievd a very prestigeous marketing research award and is a Harvard alum.
I'll be applying 3rd round, because of the timing of my recommendations.
The way I'm seeing it, I'm a left-field candidate. Very non-traditional goals and a very non-traditional post-MBA plan. I tend to interview quite well, so if I make it to the interview stage, I think I have a legitimate shot.
Any idea if HBS is a pipe-dream for me? I would likely re-apply next year if I don't get accepted this year.
Thanks in advance,