So, I'm looking at applying for the HBS 2+2 program this fall. Is there anything I should emphasize or try to improve to be a better candidate? Here is my profile:
Male, 23, Dual citizen (Finland/US)
-Taking it next month, but practice CATs are generally 750+
-3.81 GPA, majoring in Electrical Engineering at BYU (Graduating spring 2012)
-Two summers as an RA in a radiology lab at Harvard Medical School
-Spent past year doing microelectronics research in the cleanroom at BYU
-I will likely have a publication or two in scientific journals by the time I graduate
-Took two years off between my freshman and sophomore years to do volunteer missionary work for my church (This explains my older-than-average age for a college senior)
-Spent one of those years in leadership positions supervising and training groups of 6-14 other missionaries
-Coaching youth soccer this fall
-Extracurriculars are pretty weak, captain of 10-12 different intramural sports teams, that's about all (I spent most of my time on school + 20 hours of research/week)
I plan on emphasizing my leadership experience during my 2-year hiatus to try to show that I'm not quite as one-dimensional as my profile might demonstrate (More suited for a PhD candidate). Are there any other ways I could try to spin my profile to my advantage?
You are taking exactly the right approach. The leadership opportunity is a major benefit of the LDS mission. If your GMAT comes in as expected, your academics are highly competitive. HBS is always tough but showing the leadership, organizational skills, and resilience you much have developed as a missionary should help you.
You might be interested in our HBS 2012 application tips.
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