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international candidate to top b-schools [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2005, 20:16
Hi Linda,

I really like your straigtforward attitude. Can you take a look at my profile as well? Here it goes:

Schools I want to apply to: MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern, UCLA,Cornell, NYU and U of Texas.

My background: I am a 25 yr old Turkish female. I transferred to Michigan State university from a very good school in Turkey, then I graduated from MSU with 3.7 GPA in general management. Recently took the gMAT, scored 680(M:50, V:31)- I am capable of doing better at verbal..

I came to the US 5 years ago.(I am not a citizen) After graduation I found a job at a local printing/ packaging company. I started as an inventory analyst, now I am promoted to project manager with technology department. My work experience is not mainstream but I started two process improvement teams and the management believes in my potential. I can get good recommendations.

I also started a community service club in the area. I am the founding president, it is a small club (10 members) but we are active in the community. I am also involved with youth leadership programs sponsored by Rotary clubs.

I want to be an entrepreneur. However I don't have a business plan yet and haven't decided on the concept.

1) Do you think I have a realistic shot at my wish list?
2) Should I have a solid idea of what business I want to start before I apply?
3) Do I need more backup schools?
4) Does being a non-resident living in US hurt my changes?
5) Are there any schools that you think I should consider with my background?
6) Any recommendations before I start application process?

It is really hard to gauge where I stand within the applicant pool especially for someone that doesn't have the usual MBA applicant background.

Thanks for your time!
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Hi Linda,

I really like your straigtforward attitude. Can you take a look at my profile as well? Here it goes:

Schools I want to apply to: MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern, UCLA,Cornell, NYU and U of Texas.

My background: I am a 25 yr old Turkish female. I transferred to Michigan State university from a very good school in Turkey, then I graduated from MSU with 3.7 GPA in general management. Recently took the gMAT, scored 680(M:50, V:31)- I am capable of doing better at verbal..

I came to the US 5 years ago.(I am not a citizen) After graduation I found a job at a local printing/ packaging company. I started as an inventory analyst, now I am promoted to project manager with technology department. My work experience is not mainstream but I started two process improvement teams and the management believes in my potential. I can get good recommendations.

I also started a community service club in the area. I am the founding president, it is a small club (10 members) but we are active in the community. I am also involved with youth leadership programs sponsored by Rotary clubs.

I want to be an entrepreneur. However I don't have a business plan yet and haven't decided on the concept.

1) Do you think I have a realistic shot at my wish list?
2) Should I have a solid idea of what business I want to start before I apply?
3) Do I need more backup schools?
4) Does being a non-resident living in US hurt my changes?
5) Are there any schools that you think I should consider with my background?
6) Any recommendations before I start application process?

It is really hard to gauge where I stand within the applicant pool especially for someone that doesn't have the usual MBA applicant background.

Thanks for your time!

To answer your questions:

1) Yes.
2) No. It would be great if you knew which industry you wanted to go into and where geographically you want to focus your efforts.
3) Probably not.
4) No. You just need to have visa issues worked out.
5) Babson is an excellent safey for would-be entreprenuers, but as I said above you do have some schools that could be considered safeties.
6) In a nutshell, research the schools. For other suggestions review other threads in this forum or consider Best Practices for 2005 MBA Admissions.

Good luck!
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