Ok so here is me:
Education and Academic Stats
B.S. Chemistry 3.0, Santa Clara University
GMAT 670 (48Q, 34V) this is my second time...my first time I got a 650 (49Q, 29V)
I went to Northwestern to get my PhD in chemistry right after graduation but quit because I realized that I didn't want to be a chemist and other personal reasons.
Currently I have been working three years in the biopharmaceutical industry but by the time I apply I will have been in the industry for four or five depending on when I leave for B-school (Fall 2006, Fall 2007). I worked two years for a company that recently went public. At this company I was the first one placed on a project and worked on it pretty much by myself for a few months (which is rare for someone at my level research associate) until some major breakthroughs occurred after which 8 other people were added to the project. This project is now getting ready to go into clinical trials and I am one on a short list of people on the patent for it (I was the first to synthesize the molecule that could potentially go into the clinic).
After two years I wanted to learn new science and see the operations at a different company. I moved to this new company and two months after I joined we went public (I had nothing to do with it
) Currently I am working on a project with about 10 other people and I feel I am making some valuable contributions to the project by making proposals for ideas etc. (again I am only a reasearch associate so this I think is rare..or atleast I hope) I have been working for this company for a year now and might stay until either '06 or '07...still not sure.
I was born in the US but I have lived in India and Japan and can read and write one Indian language and speak Japanese semi-fluently (and only read and write hirgana and katagana).
I have bipolar, I am in control of it but a huge reason why I had to quit grad school was to really take time to understand it, deal with it and move on (and I did not take the GMAT with extra time or anything if you are wondering
At Santa Clara I was the president of the chemistry club, I was a starting member of the Improv troupe and my senior year was awarded the Joseph Deck Award for being the most "well-rounded" student in chemistry....or something like that
In my short stay at Northwestern I was recognized by the students there with a teaching award because I taught organic chemistry lab.
I am taking an Berkeley Extension Course in accounting and plan on taking several more before I apply (i.e. Finance, Micro, etc.).
Impetus for going to B-school
1) I feel in my position I have made some good decisions which have resulted in good outcomes but in my position the opportunity to make key decisions is very limited. I want to go b-school to be put in the position to be able to do that.
2) Along those lines my longer term goals are to start my own biotech company in India and I know I would need an MBA to really know how to start doing that.
3) My shorter terms goals are to gain a job either in I-banking (healthcare related) or business development position for big pharma/biopharma/medical devices company to learn the tricks of the trade.
Right now I am looking at a lot of programs, but ones that have caught my interest are UCLA, Fuqua, Stanford, Haas, Ross and LBS....I chose LBS because I really want an international experience and from the info sessions and everything I have been to LBS seems big on that. I also prefer small programs over big ones. Some specific questions are:
1) Do I look like everyone else?
2) Do I look too different?
3) Will mentioning my struggle with bipolar raise eyebrows?
4) Is my GMAT/GPA low for what I'm looking at, should I either retake or reevaluate my school choices?
5) I don't have any explicit volunteer work, so should I get it? Will it seem disingenuous?
Wow that was a loooonnngg post....Guys I wanted to give you all the information possible so that you can critically evaluate me. I appreciate any input.
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