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I am a bit surprised to be the only one with an admit. Did none of our brethrens get into Chicago or Ross? I know there have been admits for both of those desi friendly school.
In either case, good luck to everyone else - desi or not. The journey so far has been very tough for me. But, now that I am in, I realize that it was sooo worth it!
Dinged by Chic.......now am waiting to be dinged by MIT, Stan et. al. By the end of it would have been dinged by all UEs except Columbia an Kellog.......cause I havent apped there that is
Waking up to smell the coffee.......I am at the end of the day part of argubly the most uber-competitive pool. Irrespective of what dudes say abt Caucasian I-Bankers an Consultants, Indian-Indian (as opposed to ABCD/ Indian living in the US etc.)/Male/ 20 something.........is the tougest pool to convert from. Its simple........while (say) 500 Americans with a 750 are vying for 50 slots in HBS, you have 5000 Indian dudes with 799.98 slugging for that 1 seat.
But hope still floats. Am sure that kid collegesenior is gonna crack open the UE's bigtime. In fact all is not lost in my case as well.........still think I "fit" in well with MIT an Stan. Lets see.........the end is in sight
PS: Not trying to piss anyone off........just trying to call it as I see it.......plus it could always have been worse. I could have been Indian Male AND IT
One thing I have learnt through the process is to retain a sense of perspective. Its easy to get carried away and keep cursing our luck that we belong to a competitive pool. I did the same after my ding from Kellogg. I think we should refer to stats to get a sense of perspective.
Lets say your GMAT is in the 99% you are among the top 2200 students in the world. Among that let me take a ball park figure of 30% indians, which works out to approximately 660. Lets say the average GMAT score of UE is 700 which means that half the people above 700 get in. Assuming a average 400 seats at the top 10 schools. That works out to about 4000 seats, of which half have scores above 700. That works out to 2000 seats. Lets say 5% of those go to Indians(100 seats). I believe as an Indian our probability of getting in is about 1 in 6 which is not bad.
I believe that hope is not lost till the end. Sure we may not end up getting more than 1 admit but 1 admit is all we need. So good luck to all of us.
It could always have been worse. I could have been Indian Male AND IT
Thank you for the confidence booster
I believe the drawback is not indian M and IT. It is the lack of everything else except M, Indian, IT that is a problem for this demography.
One reason is that (believe me or not, your choice) the process of getting into good engineering college or landing a good software job was very tough and highly competitive till 3-4 years back, I am not sure about now.
Those who got into IT during that time had not done much other than working towards getting a job till then, and did nothing afterwards thanks to the overextended hours in IT jobs.
There is always a possibility of rethinking about what one really wants to do and mention that as career goals in ones app. Now another issue is that most of the people applying have goals similar to those of investment bankers and engineers from every other part of the world. that leaves M Indian IT with least advantage.
No, I am planning to rekindle my love for a specific bike once I am done with the R2. I need this to get over the disappointment from all the future rejections
On topic, I agree with tsaditya. We get carried away and keep cursing our luck that we belong to a competitive pool. Well, that sort of competition is going to be a part of our lives all the time. And there will always be people who would get success the easy way while you feel that you had to work a lot to get yours.
But let me warn you guys beforehand .. when I get rejected from all the schools, then I am planning to use the "Male-Indian-IT" card as the reason of rejection to my friends and family
I am willing to give the forum members here the benefit of the doubt and believe that such statements are merely a reflection of their ignorance and not their arrogance. But, what about those high faluting consultants who get paid $200 an hour. One guy told me that I have a may-be chance at some NEF school and not a school higher. Apparently, leading teams for an Indian based consulting company is not "true" leadership. Sure, there are many great NEF schools, but the way he passed over my accomplishments, purely based on his own opinions about the Indian IT demographic, was incredibly stupid. Anyway, I can only fault myself for asking outsiders about my chances.
Paul Bodine strongly recommended me NOT to apply to Kellogg because my extracurriculars were not strong enough. I think everyone should take advice from any expert with a grain of salt. To your point, well-written essays will show how multi-dimensional a candidate is, increasing the chances of "over-represented demographics" or applicants with weaknesses in one area or another.
Look at me! Three months later, I am accepted to ... Kellogg