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It's worth a shot [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 19:10
Thank you Alex.

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Re: It's worth a shot [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 08:00
You went to a good school and work in financial services - you're not unconventional.

Sounds like you will apply to H/S/W no matter what others will say (which is fine - go for it), but I wouldn't limit myself to those schools. Look at Kellogg, Sloan, Booth, Columbia, Tuck, LBS and INSEAD as well. In fact, I'd pick 1-2 of H/S/W, and the 3-4 from the second list and you should feel good about applying to schools in your range.

As for your father's illness, be careful about milking it. It's unfortunately not *that* unusual. I've dealt with quite a number of clients who had to cope with a parent passing away while they were working or in school, so while it's understandable, it's not really something you can or should turn into a narrative or theme in your essays. In other words, it's essentially a data point in an optional essay - simply disclosing a fact that you took 2 years to take care of your father (basically what you explained below is about all you need, and nothing more).
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Re: It's worth a shot [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 15:49
AlexMBAApply wrote:
You went to a good school and work in financial services - you're not unconventional.

Sounds like you will apply to H/S/W no matter what others will say (which is fine - go for it), but I wouldn't limit myself to those schools. Look at Kellogg, Sloan, Booth, Columbia, Tuck, LBS and INSEAD as well. In fact, I'd pick 1-2 of H/S/W, and the 3-4 from the second list and you should feel good about applying to schools in your range.

As for your father's illness, be careful about milking it. It's unfortunately not *that* unusual. I've dealt with quite a number of clients who had to cope with a parent passing away while they were working or in school, so while it's understandable, it's not really something you can or should turn into a narrative or theme in your essays. In other words, it's essentially a data point in an optional essay - simply disclosing a fact that you took 2 years to take care of your father (basically what you explained below is about all you need, and nothing more).


Thank you for the 2 cents Alex!
Re: It's worth a shot   [#permalink] 28 May 2012, 15:49
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