I'm a 25 year old, US born, caucasian male. I have 4 years of work experience (1 year in corporate development and 3 years in investment banking). I previously worked at a bulge bracket investment bank as an investment banking analyst for 1 year and 9 months. I currently work as an investment banking associate at an international boutique investment banking firm in San Francisco, CA. I have a cumulative GPA of 3.6/4.0 from a top 50 US undergrad in business admin. and a 760 on the GMAT (Quant 48, Verbal 47, 99%). I will apply to MBA programs in the fall 2013.
I am most interested in Wharton, Columbia and Dartmouth. I'd like to continue working in finance after my MBA. I have about a half year of volunteering experience at a non-profit that worked with recent immigrants on resumes, career coaching, cover letters, etc. However, I have very little leadership/extracurricular experience outside of work. I am most worried about this part of my application.
Please can you evaluate my profile? What are my chances of acceptance to one of these programs? What can I do to improve my chances? Thank you very much.
These are all good, and frankly you don't (from an admissions perspective) need to add the Big Brothers/Big Sister commitment, if you make an impact at what you have taken on. In fact, I think you would be better off focusing on what you have started and making a difference in any or all of them..
I can't say definitively if this "will be enough," or not. It will definitely help, especially next year if you can show commitment and impact. However, I see nothing wrong with trying now, and if you are not accepted this year, reapply next with a strong record of leadership
and community involvement. If you try now, you have a chance of starting bschool in the fall. If you don't apply now, for sure you will not start until Fall 2015. I think it's worth your while to apply this cycle.
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