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Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 08:43
Hi everyone,

I am new to this site and love the feedback everyone gives each other. I'm applying this year and here's the quick synopsis of my profile. I'd really appreciate any thoughts or feedback.

I'm 23, Asian-American male, with 2 years of full-time work experience teaching 7th and 8th grade math and science through Teach for America. In my first year of teaching, my students had the top math scores in our region of the city and had the largest increase in scores for any school in the district. I'm currently in my second year.

GPA: 3.95/4.00 with Highest Honors in Economics from a large state university. (4.00 GPA in the major)-- took classes in basically everything including game theory and 2 classes of econometrics.
I have about 30 credits in math/stats(4 levels of calculus, math prob, linear algebra, math reasoning-- basically introductory proofs, stats I and II)-- one B+ among these, all the rest were As. Also have about 30 credits of science class (1 years of bio, physics, chemistry, and organic chem), 4.00 in the science classes.

GMAT: 720 (50Q, 38V, 6.0 AWA)

There are other things. A bunch of academic awards, service-related clubs, and several part-time jobs during college, but obviously the bulk of it is what I just listed. I know my work experience is relatively thin (2 years, full-time), but would my GPA, working in the non-profit sector (Teach for America/public schools), and results of my work experience make up for this?

I'm targeting the schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, and MIT. Do I have a shot?
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 23:07
wow, great profile! did you already apply to R1?
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 05:31
I did R1 for Stanford cause it was a little later and if I get in there I'm definitely going to choose it-- all the others I'm doing R2
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 07:31
If you can eke out some really impressive leadership stories from your Teach for America experience, you should have a good shot at HBS and Stanford. They seem to like academically accomplished folks who aren't the traditional, cookie cutter MBA applicants.

For Wharton and MIT, I think it would depend a lot more on what your stated goals are and how you would tie in your professional experience so far into your future career plans.
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2008, 17:37
maidinindya wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am new to this site and love the feedback everyone gives each other. I'm applying this year and here's the quick synopsis of my profile. I'd really appreciate any thoughts or feedback.

I'm 23, Asian-American male, with 2 years of full-time work experience teaching 7th and 8th grade math and science through Teach for America. In my first year of teaching, my students had the top math scores in our region of the city and had the largest increase in scores for any school in the district. I'm currently in my second year.

GPA: 3.95/4.00 with Highest Honors in Economics from a large state university. (4.00 GPA in the major)-- took classes in basically everything including game theory and 2 classes of econometrics.
I have about 30 credits in math/stats(4 levels of calculus, math prob, linear algebra, math reasoning-- basically introductory proofs, stats I and II)-- one B+ among these, all the rest were As. Also have about 30 credits of science class (1 years of bio, physics, chemistry, and organic chem), 4.00 in the science classes.

GMAT: 720 (50Q, 38V, 6.0 AWA)

There are other things. A bunch of academic awards, service-related clubs, and several part-time jobs during college, but obviously the bulk of it is what I just listed. I know my work experience is relatively thin (2 years, full-time), but would my GPA, working in the non-profit sector (Teach for America/public schools), and results of my work experience make up for this?

I'm targeting the schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, and MIT. Do I have a shot?


k profile is different....
but y an MBA??? :| and Y Harvard, MIT etc???
answers to these are more imp..
focus on them... :)
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2008, 19:22
Thanks for the valuable info, everyone. As for "why an MBA", I'm simultaneously applying to MPP programs and hoping to do a joint degree. I'm aiming to work for an organization that addresses educational inequity internationally. My short experience in the field has shown me how education reforms depends on the partnership of the public and private sectors. I illustrate this in my essays describing various public/private partnerships that have been influential in bringing about education reform and going into how organizations like successful charter schools combine aspects of public and private sectors to be most effective.
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2008, 19:52
maidinindya, I sure hope you get in at one of those schools.

I have almost the same profile, same GPA, similar GMAT, similar non-profit WE, and I'm applying for Stanford. Good luck!!!!
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2008, 11:40
maidinindya wrote:
Thanks for the valuable info, everyone. As for "why an MBA", I'm simultaneously applying to MPP programs and hoping to do a joint degree. I'm aiming to work for an organization that addresses educational inequity internationally. My short experience in the field has shown me how education reforms depends on the partnership of the public and private sectors. I illustrate this in my essays describing various public/private partnerships that have been influential in bringing about education reform and going into how organizations like successful charter schools combine aspects of public and private sectors to be most effective.


I think these are great goals - you definitely have a good shot. Of course, they are all reaches so you never know, but you're a strong applicant and should go for it. I would add in a 'safety' out of the top 5 - 10-15 if you would like, but since you're young you have next year as well. Also, make sure to illustrate strong leadership in your essays.
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Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks! [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2009, 09:52
I would encourage you to consider Yale. They REALLY like teach for America. :)
Re: Let me know-- Do I have a shot at the big schools? Thanks!   [#permalink] 13 Jan 2009, 09:52
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