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Please assess my profile for MBA application [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2005, 18:34
Hi Linda,

Please review my profile. Your opinion is very much appreciated. I am applying for admission in 2006 for top 15 programs. Specific dream schools are Kellogg, Wharton, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, and Michigan

GMAT - 720 (46 in Quant and 44 in Verbal) and 6.0 in AWA on my second attempt.

I received my undergrad degree in History from Georgetown with a 3.2GPA. Then I received a fellowship sponsored by Georgetown and National Chengchi University (one of the top school in Taiwan) to do non-degree grad study in International Trade for a year. 85/100 for grade with an average of 80 being the cut off for an A.

5 years of working experience in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore) in banking and strategy consulting. Last job in HK was a failed Internet venture.

After one year off to study advanced level Chinese and volunteer work, I moved back to the US. 2 years in capital markets operations and now working as a trading assistant on a derivatives trading desk at a major bank.

During my undergrad and grad studies times, I work part-time jobs and had various internships (US Agency of Int’l Development, C-SPAN, and an investment bank).

When I was in Hong Kong, I was the club treasurer for the GU Club in Hong Kong for more than 3 years. I also volunteer for an elderly-focused organization that managed out-reach program during my unemployment period. I am currently volunteering as a tutor for children who are affected by HIV (themselves or families). My new role is to function as a trainer for new volunteer tutors.

My goal for MBA is to focus on international business and finance. My career goal is to return to the bank Sales and Trading program for a few years and start my investment firm. This is the right time for school as I want to be in an associate program.

My concerns are
1) my age and change in location/career, which hurts my title
2) relatively low GPA from a top school in the US
3) GMAT heavily strong in Verbal (as a non-native speaker). I did took a calculas class last year (to compensate for my D in Stats in college)
4) is my goal too unrealistic with my background?

What kind of professional consulting help should I get for my application this Fall/Winter?

Thank you.
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Re: Please assess my profile for MBA application [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2005, 16:25
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patrickpui wrote:
Hi Linda,

Please review my profile. Your opinion is very much appreciated. I am applying for admission in 2006 for top 15 programs. Specific dream schools are Kellogg, Wharton, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, and Michigan

GMAT - 720 (46 in Quant and 44 in Verbal) and 6.0 in AWA on my second attempt.

I received my undergrad degree in History from Georgetown with a 3.2GPA. Then I received a fellowship sponsored by Georgetown and National Chengchi University (one of the top school in Taiwan) to do non-degree grad study in International Trade for a year. 85/100 for grade with an average of 80 being the cut off for an A.

5 years of working experience in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore) in banking and strategy consulting. Last job in HK was a failed Internet venture.

After one year off to study advanced level Chinese and volunteer work, I moved back to the US. 2 years in capital markets operations and now working as a trading assistant on a derivatives trading desk at a major bank.

During my undergrad and grad studies times, I work part-time jobs and had various internships (US Agency of Int’l Development, C-SPAN, and an investment bank).

When I was in Hong Kong, I was the club treasurer for the GU Club in Hong Kong for more than 3 years. I also volunteer for an elderly-focused organization that managed out-reach program during my unemployment period. I am currently volunteering as a tutor for children who are affected by HIV (themselves or families). My new role is to function as a trainer for new volunteer tutors.

My goal for MBA is to focus on international business and finance. My career goal is to return to the bank Sales and Trading program for a few years and start my investment firm. This is the right time for school as I want to be in an associate program.

My concerns are
1) my age and change in location/career, which hurts my title
2) relatively low GPA from a top school in the US
3) GMAT heavily strong in Verbal (as a non-native speaker). I did took a calculas class last year (to compensate for my D in Stats in college)
4) is my goal too unrealistic with my background?

What kind of professional consulting help should I get for my application this Fall/Winter?

Thank you.


To answer your questions:

1) How old are you? You may be interested in our article on MBA Admissions for Older Applicants.
2) I am not so concerned about that. YOu post bac GPA is high. You have had a strong record of achievement since then. YOu have a good GMAT.
3) Your quant score certainly isn't "low." Again I wouldn't worry about it.
4) Stanford is probably a stretch, but I would need to know more. You have a competitive profile for the other schools you mention. Assuming you are on the older end of the applicant pool, I believe you should aim at programs with higher average ages. I'm a little surprised Chicago, Tuck, and NYU aren't on your list of possible schools.

Good luck!

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Re: Please assess my profile for MBA application [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2005, 16:34
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patrickpui wrote:
Hi Linda,

Please review my profile. Your opinion is very much appreciated. I am applying for admission in 2006 for top 15 programs. Specific dream schools are Kellogg, Wharton, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, and Michigan

GMAT - 720 (46 in Quant and 44 in Verbal) and 6.0 in AWA on my second attempt.

I received my undergrad degree in History from Georgetown with a 3.2GPA. Then I received a fellowship sponsored by Georgetown and National Chengchi University (one of the top school in Taiwan) to do non-degree grad study in International Trade for a year. 85/100 for grade with an average of 80 being the cut off for an A.

5 years of working experience in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore) in banking and strategy consulting. Last job in HK was a failed Internet venture.

After one year off to study advanced level Chinese and volunteer work, I moved back to the US. 2 years in capital markets operations and now working as a trading assistant on a derivatives trading desk at a major bank.

During my undergrad and grad studies times, I work part-time jobs and had various internships (US Agency of Int’l Development, C-SPAN, and an investment bank).

When I was in Hong Kong, I was the club treasurer for the GU Club in Hong Kong for more than 3 years. I also volunteer for an elderly-focused organization that managed out-reach program during my unemployment period. I am currently volunteering as a tutor for children who are affected by HIV (themselves or families). My new role is to function as a trainer for new volunteer tutors.

My goal for MBA is to focus on international business and finance. My career goal is to return to the bank Sales and Trading program for a few years and start my investment firm. This is the right time for school as I want to be in an associate program.

My concerns are
1) my age and change in location/career, which hurts my title
2) relatively low GPA from a top school in the US
3) GMAT heavily strong in Verbal (as a non-native speaker). I did took a calculas class last year (to compensate for my D in Stats in college)
4) is my goal too unrealistic with my background?

What kind of professional consulting help should I get for my application this Fall/Winter?

Thank you.


To answer your questions:

1) How old are you? You may be interested in our article on MBA Admissions for Older Applicants.
2) I am not so concerned about that. YOu post bac GPA is high. You have had a strong record of achievement since then. YOu have a good GMAT.
3) Your quant score certainly isn't "low." Again I wouldn't worry about it.
4) Stanford is probably a stretch, but I would need to know more. You have a competitive profile for the other schools you mention. Assuming you are on the older end of the applicant pool, I believe you should aim at programs with higher average ages. I'm a little surprised Chicago, Tuck, and NYU aren't on your list of possible schools.

Accepted.com would be happy to advise you and edit your essays. You can read about our MBA admissions consulting and essay editing on our web site.

Good luck!

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Re: Please assess my profile for MBA application [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2005, 19:30
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patrickpui wrote:
Hi Linda,

Please review my profile. Your opinion is very much appreciated. I am applying for admission in 2006 for top 15 programs. Specific dream schools are Kellogg, Wharton, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, and Michigan

GMAT - 720 (46 in Quant and 44 in Verbal) and 6.0 in AWA on my second attempt.

I received my undergrad degree in History from Georgetown with a 3.2GPA. Then I received a fellowship sponsored by Georgetown and National Chengchi University (one of the top school in Taiwan) to do non-degree grad study in International Trade for a year. 85/100 for grade with an average of 80 being the cut off for an A.

5 years of working experience in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Singapore) in banking and strategy consulting. Last job in HK was a failed Internet venture.

After one year off to study advanced level Chinese and volunteer work, I moved back to the US. 2 years in capital markets operations and now working as a trading assistant on a derivatives trading desk at a major bank.

During my undergrad and grad studies times, I work part-time jobs and had various internships (US Agency of Int’l Development, C-SPAN, and an investment bank).

When I was in Hong Kong, I was the club treasurer for the GU Club in Hong Kong for more than 3 years. I also volunteer for an elderly-focused organization that managed out-reach program during my unemployment period. I am currently volunteering as a tutor for children who are affected by HIV (themselves or families). My new role is to function as a trainer for new volunteer tutors.

My goal for MBA is to focus on international business and finance. My career goal is to return to the bank Sales and Trading program for a few years and start my investment firm. This is the right time for school as I want to be in an associate program.

My concerns are
1) my age and change in location/career, which hurts my title
2) relatively low GPA from a top school in the US
3) GMAT heavily strong in Verbal (as a non-native speaker). I did took a calculas class last year (to compensate for my D in Stats in college)
4) is my goal too unrealistic with my background?

What kind of professional consulting help should I get for my application this Fall/Winter?

Thank you.


To answer your questions:

1) How old are you? You may be interested in our article on MBA Admissions for Older Applicants.
2) I am not so concerned about that. YOu post bac GPA is high. You have had a strong record of achievement since then. YOu have a good GMAT.
3) Your quant score certainly isn't "low." Again I wouldn't worry about it.
4) Stanford is probably a stretch, but I would need to know more. You have a competitive profile for the other schools you mention. Assuming you are on the older end of the applicant pool, I believe you should aim at programs with higher average ages. I'm a little surprised Chicago, Tuck, and NYU aren't on your list of possible schools.

Good luck!


Hi Linda,

Thanks for your feedback. I just had some follow-up questions

1) I am 32 and will be 33 by the time of enrollment
2) Some people hold the view that undergrad grade are the most important and grad school (my case fellowship) will not count as much. What do you think and how do you rationalize it?
3) What schools do you consider as more receptive with more experience candidates? I am definitely interested in Tuck (dream) and NYU (second list).
4) When you say I am competitive in my school list except for Stanford, what do you mean by that? what is you definition of competitive? What might you consider to be relevant factors for Stanford?

Thanks

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2005, 14:13
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<quote>Hi Linda,

Thanks for your feedback. I just had some follow-up questions

1) I am 32 and will be 33 by the time of enrollment
2) Some people hold the view that undergrad grade are the most important and grad school (my case fellowship) will not count as much. What do you think and how do you rationalize it?
3) What schools do you consider as more receptive with more experience candidates? I am definitely interested in Tuck (dream) and NYU (second list).
4) When you say I am competitive in my school list except for Stanford, what do you mean by that? what is you definition of competitive? What might you consider to be relevant factors for Stanford? </quote>

You're welcome. To answer your questions:

2) MBA programs look at the entire application. Your undergrad grades are weaker and they are something that all applicants have so they are certainly important because they are a measure that schools can use to compare all applicants. On the other hand, many applicants don't focus as undergrads, mature and really show what they can do after college. You have shown with your fellowship, work experience, and GMAT that you are capable of more than indicated by your undergrad grades. Also, you finished college roughly ten years ago. That will diminish the importance of your undergrad record.
3) Tuck, Darden, Wharton, MIT, INsead, LBS.
4) I wrote that Stanford is a stretch where you are competitive at the other schools. Competitive in my book means that you have a profile that approximates the profiel of admitted students to a given school. I base that judgement both on my experience and stats. In Stanford's case, it has a much lower average age at acceptance than other programs. While it certainly admits those over 30, it seems to accept more younger applicants. Your age, and Stanford's low acceptance rate, caused me to say that Stanford is a stretch.

Good luck!

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