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Need Advice on What school to Apply to [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2005, 18:49
Linda: I know I just post earlier, but I should give you a more formal background of myself for your advice.

-21 year old, Chinese, Female, originally from Hong Kong
-undergraduate overall GPA: 3.4
-English Major GPA: 3.5
-Chinese Minor GPA: 3.6
-will be graduating in Dec 2005; which means I finished my four year degree within 3 years.
-Languages: Cantonese (Native Tongue), English (Fluent), Mandarin (Intermediate, which I took throughout my whole college career), French (Basic, i took 3 years of it in highschool)

Awards:
2002-2004: recipient of Earl and Hazel Endowement Scholarship at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2002-2005: recipient of Millenium Scholarship at University of Nevada Las Vegas
2004-2005: On Dean's List for Honor Roll

Work experience:
I have worked full-time/part-time ever since I was 16 until even now.
So i am not sure if my work-experience will be considered. I have always worked in high-end retail industry such as For Joseph, Christian Dior, Coach, etc as either sales or cashier/customer service representative. Since I am in Las Vegas, I am always constantly dealing with people from all over the world.

GMAT: I anticipate to take my GMAT during the end of September, hopefully being about to shoot for 680+.

Aspiration: since I have previous experience in high-end luxury brand retail, I have always been interested in working for a luxury brand corporation, or being a management consult for an interntional luxury company. Eventually, I hope to become a CEO or have my own company.

Linda: because I am still young, but yet I dont want to wait to apply just because of my work experience or my age since I have already worked through my college career, is it possible that you can recommend some schools within the US or internationally that I have a good chance of acceptance and with good career placement. I am looking to work internationally or within the US after the MBA. I greatly appreciate your help.
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Re: Need Advice on What school to Apply to [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2005, 12:41
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Linda: I know I just post earlier, but I should give you a more formal background of myself for your advice.

-21 year old, Chinese, Female, originally from Hong Kong
-undergraduate overall GPA: 3.4
-English Major GPA: 3.5
-Chinese Minor GPA: 3.6
-will be graduating in Dec 2005; which means I finished my four year degree within 3 years.
-Languages: Cantonese (Native Tongue), English (Fluent), Mandarin (Intermediate, which I took throughout my whole college career), French (Basic, i took 3 years of it in highschool)

Awards:
2002-2004: recipient of Earl and Hazel Endowement Scholarship at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2002-2005: recipient of Millenium Scholarship at University of Nevada Las Vegas
2004-2005: On Dean's List for Honor Roll

Work experience:
I have worked full-time/part-time ever since I was 16 until even now.
So i am not sure if my work-experience will be considered. I have always worked in high-end retail industry such as For Joseph, Christian Dior, Coach, etc as either sales or cashier/customer service representative. Since I am in Las Vegas, I am always constantly dealing with people from all over the world.

GMAT: I anticipate to take my GMAT during the end of September, hopefully being about to shoot for 680+.

Aspiration: since I have previous experience in high-end luxury brand retail, I have always been interested in working for a luxury brand corporation, or being a management consult for an interntional luxury company. Eventually, I hope to become a CEO or have my own company.

Linda: because I am still young, but yet I dont want to wait to apply just because of my work experience or my age since I have already worked through my college career, is it possible that you can recommend some schools within the US or internationally that I have a good chance of acceptance and with good career placement. I am looking to work internationally or within the US after the MBA. I greatly appreciate your help.


HBS and Stanford have been attempting to attract younger applicants. Columbia also takes a few applicants right out of college and it has club devoted to luxury goods marketing club. Those are probably your best bets.

While these schools are more willing to take younger applicants, the younger applicants they do take have usually had internships and experience that is more relevant to the MBA classroom than being a sales clerk or customer service rep. I am sure that you have learned a lot as a sales clerk, but I am sure it will be considered as valuable as those who have actually worked in marketing, PR, or more traditional pre-MBA jobs.

so don't give up on your MBA dream, but also look for post college jobs that will lead you in the direction you want to go.

Good luck!
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Another Question on schools [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2005, 14:07
Linda:

Aside from these top tier schools such as Stanford, or HBS that you have recommended, do you have any other recommendations on lower tier schools, becuase i know my GPA might not be good enough for Stanford, even though it is my dream to attend.
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Re: Another Question on schools [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2005, 11:14
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Linda:

Aside from these top tier schools such as Stanford, or HBS that you have recommended, do you have any other recommendations on lower tier schools, becuase i know my GPA might not be good enough for Stanford, even though it is my dream to attend.

Your GPA won't be an issue; your lack of competitive experience is much more of an issue. I don't know of other program as open to taking applicants straight from college. IF any one else does, please share the info.

You may find our article with advice for younger MBA applicants helpful.
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What do you think of these [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2005, 11:28
Linda:

i think what I am worry most about is my work expereince, although I do believe that my work experience during my four years of college has a significant impact on my goals, maturity, etc.
What do you think of these schools, these are the ones that I am interested in currently, and still evaluating whether I should go ahead and apply:

Thunderbird
Monterey Institute of International Studies
University of San Francisco
Claremont University
UC Berkeley
UCLA
Stanford
Columbia
Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine
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Re: What do you think of these [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2005, 11:30
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Linda:

i think what I am worry most about is my work expereince, although I do believe that my work experience during my four years of college has a significant impact on my goals, maturity, etc.
What do you think of these schools, these are the ones that I am interested in currently, and still evaluating whether I should go ahead and apply:

Thunderbird
Monterey Institute of International Studies
University of San Francisco
Claremont University
UC Berkeley
UCLA
Stanford
Columbia
Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine


These schools represent a very broad range of programs in terms of their reputations. STanford is internationally recognized as a top 5 MBA program. Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, in contrast, have strictly a local reputation. That doesn't mean you can't learn well, but it does mean your diploma won't have the cache it would have, if you went to a Stanford, Columbia, or their cousins and perhaps it won't help you gain entry into luxury goods marketing. Given the time and money invested in an MBA degree, I don't think it makes sense to go to a school that is less likely to help you achieve your goals.

Given your grades, obvious talent, and ambition, I would recommend you apply now to the top schools that will consider an application from college grads, but if not accepted this year, work for a couple of years to acquire the experience that will enhance your application. Then apply again in two years at a number of top schools.

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Question on chances [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2005, 20:23
Linda:

I have listed previously my credentials and experiences. I need more confidence! Do you think I stand a chance at these following schools?

Stanford
UCLA
USC
Thunderbird
Berkeley
University of Arizona
NYU

If not, do you have any recommendations? I am only looking at schools in CA, NY, or AZ.
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Re: Question on chances [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2005, 19:56
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Linda:

I have listed previously my credentials and experiences. I need more confidence! Do you think I stand a chance at these following schools?

Stanford
UCLA
USC
Thunderbird
Berkeley
University of Arizona
NYU

If not, do you have any recommendations? I am only looking at schools in CA, NY, or AZ.


You have a chance at Stanford and UCLA. I'm not sure about the other schools policy towards accepting applicants straight from college.

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Chance at Columbia? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2005, 20:12
Linda, Do you think I will have a chance at Columbia?
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Re: Chance at Columbia? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2005, 20:22
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Linda, Do you think I will have a chance at Columbia?

Yes.
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Almost finalized choices [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2005, 17:51
Linda:

I think I've finally picked out my schools, can you tell me if these are wise choices or not for the schools that I am planning on applying to with my profile:

Stanford, Columbia, UCLA, Thunderbird, University of Arizona...and possibly USC?

Do you think it's too many schools? Should I narrow it down more or should I find more other options? What do you think?
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Re: Almost finalized choices [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2005, 22:02
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Linda:

I think I've finally picked out my schools, can you tell me if these are wise choices or not for the schools that I am planning on applying to with my profile:

Stanford, Columbia, UCLA, Thunderbird, University of Arizona...and possibly USC?

Do you think it's too many schools? Should I narrow it down more or should I find more other options? What do you think?


Stanford, CBS, and UCLA are good choices. I don't know what Arizona's, Thunderbird's, or USC's policies towards undergrad applicants. I also don't know how well these schools would support the ambitions of someone interested in luxury good marketing.

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other options? [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2005, 07:12
Do you know if there are "other" schools that are good in my area of interests and would look at an undergrad applicant?
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Re: other options? [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2005, 15:42
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Do you know if there are "other" schools that are good in my area of interests and would look at an undergrad applicant?


Please see my earlier replies.
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