Hi, Linda! Another thank you for helping us out here on gmatclub.com!
Age: 23 (another one of those younger applicants)
Nationality: Bulgarian; living and working in Bulgaria
GMAT: 770 (Q51, V 42); donâ€™t know my AWA score yet;
Bachelor in business administration with a GPA of 3.73 / 4.00 from the oldest / most reputable state school in Bulgaria.
Sep 2004 â€“ present: associate / experienced associate at a Big 4 accounting firm. I have been appointed as a field in-charge on 5 engagements for the coming audit season. This means: communication with clients, audit planning, coaching other associates and reviewing their work. Already doing some of that stuff. I am the youngest newly-hired full-time associate in the 13-year history of the Bulgarian firm.
Sep 2003 â€“ Aug 2004: accountant at a very reputable (unfortunately unknown in the USA) outsourcing firm. Worked there full-time during my last year in university. Quit, because the managing director kept lying to everyone that the salaries are going to go up.
Jun 2002 â€“ Oct 2002: Work and Travel USA (a cultural exchange program). I worked as general help at a small family resort in NY. Promotion was out of the question, because the manager hires only two people each year. I have been supplying him with new recruits for the last couple of years â€“ this is the only impact Iâ€™ve had on the place (apart from helping fix the roof of one of the houses
Professional designations: ACCA student. This is something like a CPA to be. Completed 5 out of 14 exams.
I havenâ€™t really done any community service / voluntary work. Attended intensive courses in German in my junior year. I have also studied Russian for 12 years.
Other: I play basketball / soccer (such a terribly inappropriate word for football) every weekend. Once in a while I organize paintball events for coworkers / friends.
Reason for doing an MBA: my work experience in the last 2 years has really unleashed my appetite for tech knowledge. I want to do an MBA with a tech concentration, as I intend to move to business solutions consulting after I graduate. 6-8 years down the road? I must have returned to my home country and obtained corporate big shot status by then.
I had a school list figured out, but I decided to revise it after my crazy GMAT score. I am looking to apply to 4 schools only and the current optimistic list is: MIT (very long shot?), Michigan or Carnegie Mellon (long shot?), Maryland, GATech. I am also considering UCLA and Boston College. None of the two schools has a reputation for tech, but UCLA is a name and they proclaim â€œa cooperative and congenial student cultureâ€