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Harvard material? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 12:05
Hello,

I am interested in applying to the HBS (2+2 program) and Stanford (deferred admission). I am a college senior and will be applying in the next mouth for Round 1.

22 years old. Asian American female, US citizen.

Drexel University
5-year B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
GPA 3.82

GMAT 750 Q49 V42, IR 8, AWA 6

I have done three co-ops (6 month internships) during my time at college:
1. chinese pharma company in shanghai - biologics assays
2. Merck - vaccine engineer
3. Johnson & Johnson - Lean, process improvement

leadership positions that I've had:
1. Vice president of my sorority at college
2. president of an overall Greek council that oversees many fraternities and sororities at college
3. founded (and is current president of) an engineering and science society at college
4. president of an intern society at Johnson and Johnson
5. membership director for local chapter of society of women engineers

Other info:
Studied abroad in London for a semesters and took non-engineering cultural enrichment courses
I have won multiple scholarships for my good academics/involvement on campus

Advantages:
I think I have a good GPA, STEM major, I have a lot of leadership from student clubs and I am very involved on campus. Good internships.

Disadvantages:
From a very average undergrad university
I feel like I'm missing that "spectacular" thing from my application - I don't have any amazing stories about how I dedicated my life for one cause / started my company / or did anything exceptionally amazing.



I would like an HONEST and REALISTIC evaluation please.

ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATE!!!! Thank you!!!!
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Re: Harvard material? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 18:01
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. I enjoyed reading your profile and feel it was interesting and strong, congrats. You have a lot of things going for you, for example:

-outstanding GMAT (congrats!)
-excellent GPA and though average university, additional academic strength via the 5 year/masters degree included though
-STEM as you mentioned
-asian american female; programs tend to show interest in qualified female applicants and diversity in the classroom
-solid internship experiences
-study abroad/international experience is a big plus (and provides you with skills to work with others in different cultures, important in b-school and your future career)
-variety of leadership roles; particularly interested in #3 and #4 on your list (president of the Johnson & Johnson interns sounds impressive/unique)

It's ok not to feel you have something HUGE (i.e. 'I climbed Everest'!) in your profile, you can and should still aim to highlight what your PERSONAL 'wow' is, which may just be the experiences, traits and skills you bring to the class that are more unique. Through putting together strong stories and narratives in your application, you can show the admissions committee who you are and why they would love to have you in their class. ;)

So I definitely encourage you to make time to work on the essays-- those are the application component that really shows who you are and can make a huge difference in the decision! You'll also want to have a feel for your short and long term career goals, basically the 'why' behind this application, for essays and interview.

These are difficult programs to get into, for sure, but not out of reach based on the info you've provided here, if you put together a strong application. ;)

Let me know what other q's you have, and keep me posted on your progress!! Good luck to you. ;)
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Re: Harvard material? [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2013, 15:11
mbaMissionJenK wrote:
Hi there,

Thanks for posting. I enjoyed reading your profile and feel it was interesting and strong, congrats. You have a lot of things going for you, for example:

-outstanding GMAT (congrats!)
-excellent GPA and though average university, additional academic strength via the 5 year/masters degree included though
-STEM as you mentioned
-asian american female; programs tend to show interest in qualified female applicants and diversity in the classroom
-solid internship experiences
-study abroad/international experience is a big plus (and provides you with skills to work with others in different cultures, important in b-school and your future career)
-variety of leadership roles; particularly interested in #3 and #4 on your list (president of the Johnson & Johnson interns sounds impressive/unique)

It's ok not to feel you have something HUGE (i.e. 'I climbed Everest'!) in your profile, you can and should still aim to highlight what your PERSONAL 'wow' is, which may just be the experiences, traits and skills you bring to the class that are more unique. Through putting together strong stories and narratives in your application, you can show the admissions committee who you are and why they would love to have you in their class. ;)

So I definitely encourage you to make time to work on the essays-- those are the application component that really shows who you are and can make a huge difference in the decision! You'll also want to have a feel for your short and long term career goals, basically the 'why' behind this application, for essays and interview.

These are difficult programs to get into, for sure, but not out of reach based on the info you've provided here, if you put together a strong application. ;)

Let me know what other q's you have, and keep me posted on your progress!! Good luck to you. ;)



Thank you Jen! that was very encouraging and helpful. My problem with the essay is that I don't know what I want to do in the next few years! I'm not sure if I want to continue in the pharma industry or try something new.. I am planning to apply to jobs in a variety of industries and see what I get offers in. One good/bad quality about me is that I am always so curious about everything want to do everything, but that ends up in me being very indecisive. It's hard for me to say in an essay what my career goals are and how an MBA fits in that. Do you have any advice for me?
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Re: Harvard material? [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2013, 18:42
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It's ok to be undecided about your future, and natural... and the b-schools including Harvard know and expect that you'll be exploring your options to a certain degree during your working years as well as during the MBA. And, keep in mind, no one will hold you do any initial plans or goals if you change your mind. But on the flip side-- consider what it would mean to apply without any sense of your career plans.... you'd basically be saying, I want a Harvard MBA because... well just because. ;) Probably not quite enough in a competitive environment, though like I said your profile is promising. So overall you can be somewhere between the two extremes, but you should be able to somehow confidently explain the WHY you want this degree! Which generally involves some type of career aspirations or interests, even if there are a couple of key options you even mention in the essays. Maybe start by brainstorming all of your possibilities and then narrow it all down to what really resonates the most with you, talk to some career advisors, think about how the MBA is going to help you... after all you want to make sure it makes sense for you if you are applying! ;)

Good luck on the process!
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