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Please help me evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 10:45
Hello,

I have already submitted the UCLA application and will soon submit the USC one. I appreciate any kind of advice for the following profile:

UNDERGRADUATE:


B.S. in accounting
GPA: 3.66, Magnum Cum Laude
GMAT:660

WORK EXPERIENCE

3.5 years of experience as a senior tax consultant in one of the Big 4 firms


FUTURE PLANS:

Pursue an MBA degree and become a small business owner


SCHOOLS:

UCLA and USC Part-time MBA

WORRIES :

I switched to an administrative job within the same company (I have now been in the new admin position for 10 months) because I realized that tax consulting is not what I wanted to do. Part the reason why I switched is because I want to take a break and see what I want to do with my life. In addition, I want to use the free time to prepare for my GMAT, MBA application progress, and my certification exam. I would not have accomplished this if I were still in the old position. I am not sure how to tell the admission committee about this on my interview with me and not sure how to spin this to a positive perspective. On my application essays I told the admission committee that I left tax consulting so that I could start a new career in entrepreneurship and that is what I’d like to go to MBA to learn.

QUESTIONS :

1. My chances of getting accepted to each one of this school, especially UCLA
2. What should I focus on for my interview given my situation
3. I wrote an optional essay for UCLA but did not submit it. Is it possible to show it to them and maybe ask them to my profile on the interview day? The essay discusses the other side of me besides the academic and professional arenas.

Thank you for your time and suggestions.
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Re: Please help me evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2009, 18:31
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You've already submitted your UCLA application, so you will either get an admit, or you won't. Asking about your chances now is a bit of a moot point isn't it?

As for USC, so long as you put in a strong written application and you interview well, you should be competitive.

Also, I don't understand why you would be so worried about your job situation. You need to do what you need to do. Just tell the truth -- it's far more elegant and compelling and engaging than trying to come up with some convoluted "spin" of a story that will sound like BS to someone. The lack of authenticity, being fake, trying to pull a fast one on someone - ESPECIALLY when the adcom can sense that you're trying to do all these things is far worse than simply telling the truth as it is.

Finally, you can't submit additional stuff if you've already submitted the application. The adcom won't read it. That's why there's a submission deadline - otherwise, everyone can start jamming additional material in the adcom's faces at every opportunity in the false hopes that it actually helps you (it actually makes you look bad because you'll come across as a bit desperate). For UCLA, you've submitted your app. Wait. Hopefully you'll get an interview. If you don't, there's nothing you can do about it. For USC, focus on what is in your control -- and do the best you can on the written applications.

I understand the anxiety you may feel or the lack of control sometimes when it comes to this process -- it's just a matter of separating out what you can control, and what you can't (and not letting your anxiety cause you to cloud your judgment and making you needier than you should be, or "spinning" a story when you're best off just coming clean).
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Re: Please help me evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2009, 21:55
Hi Alex,

Thank you for giving me an honest opinion. I guess you are right about me worrying too much about what I can't control. For UCLA I signed up for the interview next week so hopefully I will perform well. Thank you again for your response; it really help me calm down a bit and focus on what I will need to do.

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You've already submitted your UCLA application, so you will either get an admit, or you won't. Asking about your chances now is a bit of a moot point isn't it?

As for USC, so long as you put in a strong written application and you interview well, you should be competitive.

Also, I don't understand why you would be so worried about your job situation. You need to do what you need to do. Just tell the truth -- it's far more elegant and compelling and engaging than trying to come up with some convoluted "spin" of a story that will sound like BS to someone. The lack of authenticity, being fake, trying to pull a fast one on someone - ESPECIALLY when the adcom can sense that you're trying to do all these things is far worse than simply telling the truth as it is.

Finally, you can't submit additional stuff if you've already submitted the application. The adcom won't read it. That's why there's a submission deadline - otherwise, everyone can start jamming additional material in the adcom's faces at every opportunity in the false hopes that it actually helps you (it actually makes you look bad because you'll come across as a bit desperate). For UCLA, you've submitted your app. Wait. Hopefully you'll get an interview. If you don't, there's nothing you can do about it. For USC, focus on what is in your control -- and do the best you can on the written applications.

I understand the anxiety you may feel or the lack of control sometimes when it comes to this process -- it's just a matter of separating out what you can control, and what you can't (and not letting your anxiety cause you to cloud your judgment and making you needier than you should be, or "spinning" a story when you're best off just coming clean).
Re: Please help me evaluate my profile   [#permalink] 05 Nov 2009, 21:55
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