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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2009, 18:03
Hey Guys,

First of all, thank you for your time and opinions. I really appreciate it. However, I am not quite sure what a 'good' essay is. I mean I wrote what is close to my heart, what a college senior from India would write. But I am very undecided on how good it was. SO I guess 9th Feb will tell me.

As for Pawan's critique. First of all, many thanks for the same. The reason I have applied to these schools is not JUST that they are niche schools. That of course is one of the reasons. But the MFE program is something I mot probably won't join if I get through. That is one application I made just because it was Oxford. I could have applied to LSE, Imperial, Haas (MFE) etc. as well, but didn't. I am focused on an MBA right now, and hence applied to 3 b schools rather than have my hands in everything. You are very right about me applying to MBA and MFE giving a sign of my confusion, but 1) HBS doesn't know I applied for the MFE thingey :) and 2) I really am not interested in it. That was just an application to see whether I get in or not; whether I am good enough for Oxford. It is a great degree nonetheless, but I would rather go to XLRI than Oxford (I would love to say this in my XL interview :) )

As for my plans in life, I am 21. Although quite old, still very young on this forum. Let me paste a part of my essay on future ambitions and career goals here to give you an indication about the tone of my essay and my plans.

My short term career plans include working in the consulting/finance industry for a period of 5-10 years. Ultimately, I would like to found my own consulting company, with the environment as its key focus. I believe this field has tremendous untapped potential as climatic changes, that are a direct consequence of human actions, are threatening our ecology. As I come from a developing nation, the advancements in this aspect would be highly warranted for, so that a stock of the situation can be taken well in time and an irreversible major disaster can be averted in the future. I am greatly interested in such a venture as it would not only have a decent market size to explore, but also help make my country a better place and help in the planet’s conservation.
I also plan to invest a fixed percentage of my company’s income towards the education of the rural population of my country. I have visited many villages on visits to my ancestral homes. On these visits, I have discovered that most of these ‘illiterate’ people are actually very smart in terms of implementation of technology and are up to date regarding their own areas of interest such as farming. However, basic efficiency and money managing skills are missing, which lead to them barely managing to survive, even though they might possess a huge amount of land and get a good produce. Based on my observations and interactions with villagers, I plan to start a nonprofit organization, where ex-army officers, teachers and industry specific people, would volunteer to go and teach villagers about various subjects and give demonstrations on practices that would benefit them greatly. Through this, I hope to create some kind of impact on the life of the ‘true’ Indian population by bettering their living conditions, improving their incomes and influencing their thinking process.


I think that could make the picture clearer and also give you a chance to tell me about the quality of my essays. Please do keep in mind that I am a 21 year old college senior :)

Best of luck to everyone for interview invites!

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2009, 22:45
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Hey Guys,

First of all, thank you for your time and opinions. I really appreciate it. However, I am not quite sure what a 'good' essay is. I mean I wrote what is close to my heart, what a college senior from India would write. But I am very undecided on how good it was. SO I guess 9th Feb will tell me.

As for Pawan's critique. First of all, many thanks for the same. The reason I have applied to these schools is not JUST that they are niche schools. That of course is one of the reasons. But the MFE program is something I mot probably won't join if I get through. That is one application I made just because it was Oxford. I could have applied to LSE, Imperial, Haas (MFE) etc. as well, but didn't. I am focused on an MBA right now, and hence applied to 3 b schools rather than have my hands in everything. You are very right about me applying to MBA and MFE giving a sign of my confusion, but 1) HBS doesn't know I applied for the MFE thingey :) and 2) I really am not interested in it. That was just an application to see whether I get in or not; whether I am good enough for Oxford. It is a great degree nonetheless, but I would rather go to XLRI than Oxford (I would love to say this in my XL interview :) )

As for my plans in life, I am 21. Although quite old, still very young on this forum. Let me paste a part of my essay on future ambitions and career goals here to give you an indication about the tone of my essay and my plans.

My short term career plans include working in the consulting/finance industry for a period of 5-10 years. Ultimately, I would like to found my own consulting company, with the environment as its key focus. I believe this field has tremendous untapped potential as climatic changes, that are a direct consequence of human actions, are threatening our ecology. As I come from a developing nation, the advancements in this aspect would be highly warranted for, so that a stock of the situation can be taken well in time and an irreversible major disaster can be averted in the future. I am greatly interested in such a venture as it would not only have a decent market size to explore, but also help make my country a better place and help in the planet’s conservation.
I also plan to invest a fixed percentage of my company’s income towards the education of the rural population of my country. I have visited many villages on visits to my ancestral homes. On these visits, I have discovered that most of these ‘illiterate’ people are actually very smart in terms of implementation of technology and are up to date regarding their own areas of interest such as farming. However, basic efficiency and money managing skills are missing, which lead to them barely managing to survive, even though they might possess a huge amount of land and get a good produce. Based on my observations and interactions with villagers, I plan to start a nonprofit organization, where ex-army officers, teachers and industry specific people, would volunteer to go and teach villagers about various subjects and give demonstrations on practices that would benefit them greatly. Through this, I hope to create some kind of impact on the life of the ‘true’ Indian population by bettering their living conditions, improving their incomes and influencing their thinking process.


I think that could make the picture clearer and also give you a chance to tell me about the quality of my essays. Please do keep in mind that I am a 21 year old college senior :)

Best of luck to everyone for interview invites!

Regards,
Ankit


Ankit,

As a recent college senior from India, I'd point you to a number of exciting and profitable enterprises in areas such as consulting to development ventures, sustainability and rural education. You may want to consider them now (versus several years later) to make impact that doesn't touch tens or hundreds of people but can really scale to millions. Happy to discuss this over PM, if you are interested.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2009, 07:24
Also, guys I would want a suggestion. Columbia has its deadline on 4th March. I have missed the deadline for the merit based scholarships, but I can still apply. Would you recommend it? I can definitely write great essays and get excellent recommendations. My gmat Score is 690, as posted above. Please read the profile and suggest. As I am a full time student, the application fee will be waived off, thus giving me another reason to apply :)

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2009, 02:45
any desi brother applied for US visa yet? i got a few qs
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2009, 07:55
Columbia has rolling admissions.
You won't be doing much service to you applying this late, esp. in this highly competitive year. But then, anything can happen :)
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Also, guys I would want a suggestion. Columbia has its deadline on 4th March. I have missed the deadline for the merit based scholarships, but I can still apply. Would you recommend it? I can definitely write great essays and get excellent recommendations. My gmat Score is 690, as posted above. Please read the profile and suggest. As I am a full time student, the application fee will be waived off, thus giving me another reason to apply :)

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2009, 08:50
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 11:22
Someone might find this helpful.

Read the below post.

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2009, 06:13
hi all,

does anyone have an idea of what's going on with tepper? has the school been able to secure non-cosignor loans? haven't seen any formal communication on that front from CMU.

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 05:54
Nice thread for Desis....

Can someone help me in a decision

I have offers from Ross and KF.
Not sure whether i should spend 50 lacs and go to US. Dont want to stay in US for more than 3 years.
Pretty scared seeing the current job market .

Suggestions invited

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 06:23
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Nice thread for Desis....

Can someone help me in a decision

I have offers from Ross and KF.
Not sure whether i should spend 50 lacs and go to US. Dont want to stay in US for more than 3 years.
Pretty scared seeing the current job market .

Suggestions invited

Sudeep


First, congrates on your admits. Ross is regarded as stronger than Kenan Flagler, and is considered a national school as opposed to KF which is considered a regional school. That said, if one wants to live in Southern US, KF is a pretty good school; it is next only to Duke and Darden in South.

If you are scared, it means you are thinking rationally which is good. That said, there is greater probability of economy bouncing back in 2 years than not.

If you are open to staying longer in the US, cannot postpone your MBA, and have good savings, I'd suggest go ahead and join Ross. If your answer to any of the 3 questions is No, please do a serious rethink.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 06:50
sudeepgandhi wrote:
Nice thread for Desis....

Can someone help me in a decision

I have offers from Ross and KF.
Not sure whether i should spend 50 lacs and go to US. Dont want to stay in US for more than 3 years.
Pretty scared seeing the current job market .

Suggestions invited

Sudeep


You are the one many of us die to be... Having a Ross admit is an awesome thing. Economy will certainly be different in 2 years from now and in a turning economy ROI comes faster. That said you are the best judge of your situation.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2009, 11:31
Thanks guys for the suggestions.

I have now written an application to Ross for a scholarship. I m not very confident but whatever i get will be of help.
Nothing to loose. :)

Thanks again
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2009, 17:02
The job market is extremely scary for desis in B-schools. Of the dozen or so desis at Ross that I know of, only about 3 or 4 have an internship. So, you are wise to think twice about coming to school in the US. Try reaching out to the Indian Students Business Association @ Ross and get their inputs before making your decision. As for KF vs Ross, conventional wisdom suggests that Ross would be the better bet, but that may change depending on what you want to do after your MBA.

Good Luck!

sudeepgandhi wrote:
Nice thread for Desis....

Can someone help me in a decision

I have offers from Ross and KF.
Not sure whether i should spend 50 lacs and go to US. Dont want to stay in US for more than 3 years.
Pretty scared seeing the current job market .

Suggestions invited

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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2009, 20:02
I got admitted to Cornell's Johnson School. Matriculating there.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2009, 22:25
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wooo hoo many congratulations buddy...
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2009, 21:01
Thank you.

If all the Indians on this forum can update their current status, I will create a summary on the 1st page for the desis next year.

I already know about a bunch of us, but if you haven't let us known already, please do so by end of this week.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2009, 11:36
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The job market is extremely scary for desis in B-schools. Of the dozen or so desis at Ross that I know of, only about 3 or 4 have an internship. So, you are wise to think twice about coming to school in the US. Try reaching out to the Indian Students Business Association @ Ross and get their inputs before making your decision. As for KF vs Ross, conventional wisdom suggests that Ross would be the better bet, but that may change depending on what you want to do after your MBA.

Good Luck!


Wow - how time flies. I still remember how I was a regular on these forums exactly a year ago. To give you guys an update of the job scene for Desis here, the situation has definitely gotten a lot better since NC posted. Summary: All desis have got a summer internship. But have we all got exactly what we wanted? No. Was it really easy? No. But in the end, I can safely say that more than 80% of the desis here have landed strong internships. By that, I mean, internships that will provide them with valuable experience they can leverage on to become much stronger candidates for full time opportunities.

It definitely looks like the economy is a (extremely slow) recovery. Well, at least the bloodbath seems to have stopped. If any of you are trying to time the job market in 2011, don't. When we went into Business School last year, the US economy was already in a slowdown and there was talk of how strong the economy is going to be in 2010 when we all graduate. Well, we all know how that turned out! To summarize, I would say, no one knows what is really going to happen over the next couple of years. So please walk in with your eyes open and do the MBA for the right reasons. As international students, we do take on exceptional risk in coming into the MBA program - letting go of our current good jobs, taking on $150 K of debt and uncertain job/visa opportunities. From my experience, I can say this: Is it hard? Yes. Is it a little scary? Yes. Is it fun? HELL YES!

For the record, I am a desi (from India) and just finished my first year at Ross.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2009, 20:57
Bumping this thread. Hope this thread comes alive in the coming days.
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Re: Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 12:31
Good job bumping!

I was an avid reader of Gmatclub and gmatclub helped me keep my sanity over ups and downs during and after the admit! So, some gratuitious homily. Please bear with me :)

Currently I am attending Tuck. During application., I had done decent research about schools, their likings/dislikings and fit ( esp from the perspective of an Indian applying from India).

I understand, fit is kind of ambiguous and especially so when you are located in a remote country and all you have are information from websites. But I planned to attend school with my family and hence fit was of paramount importance to me. I was fortunate enough to visit some campus before applying, which kind of helped me to zero in on schools where my family will be able to fit in. If you do not have some specific career goal, which can be met only in a certain school, I highly encourage you to give good thought on fit ( because in traditional MBA jobs all the good schools will give you more or less same opportunity, I believe).

If any of you have specific questions/ confusions on issues like how to manage/ relocate family as an applicant/student etc , I'd be happy to chip in with my thoughts.

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