Hi Scott and Omari,
I just read your book, and was very pleasantly surprised to see you on the forum - thank you for taking the time to help us all out!
Please evaluate my profile with regard to the information below:
Demographic: 23, Female, International applicant
GMAT (1 attempt) - 690 (Q 79%, V 91%)
Pre-MBA coursework - (Marketing and Advertising ) - University of Iowa - GPA 4.0/4.0 - Part-time
BBA (Majors: Finance, Accounting and International Business) -
IU, Bloomington - GPA 3.5/4.0 (Dean's List) -May 2003
Credit Analyst at leading bank outside US (just started)
Senior Analyst (promoted after a year) at Fortune 500 multi-national company in US (June 03-Aug 05)
HR Associate and Auditor - Big 4 Accounting firm (Summer intern, 02)
Staff Accountant - International shipping company (Summer intern, 01)
Brown belt in Karate
Working on Arabic and French
Published essays and poetry (English/Hindi), Awards in essay-writing (English)
Expert in cooking
Co-chair, Company Diversity Committee
Co-Lead, Employee Recognition Committee
Volunteer Recruiter/Interviewer at alma mater
Volunteer at pet shelter
Assisted in high school charity project
Equity Research Analyst
I intend to start MBA in Fall 2006, by when I would have had 3 solid years of analytical work experience. I have always been interested in analyzing the stock market, and hope to synergize my interest in the field, abilities of communication/analysis and background (professional/academic) in Finance.
I briefly entertained thoughts of going into Brand Management (hence the Pre-MBA coursework!), but had to search for an alternative career path on learning that not many US FMCG companies sponsor work permits for international applicants.
Moved outside US to gain international exposure and spend time with family. Felt I would grow professionally by working in different positions in different industries in two very diverse countries.
Based on the information above, how would you assess my chances, specifically at NYU? Do I need to retake the GMAT? Is my record of Commmunity Service sufficient?
Thanks for your help!