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Please take a quick look at my profile...thanks so much. [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2007, 10:29
Hi Paul. I'm applying this year for B-school. Just re-took GMAT, and here are my stats:
Gender: Female
Age: 42
Education: Smith College undergrad, GPA 3.3, Political Science major.
Resume: Straight out of college, 5 years on Wall Street - went through training program at major commercial bank, was placed in private banking sector, promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Left to pursue music/acting career. Traveled all over the country playing in bands and working in theatre for many years. Started writing in earnest. Won top honors in 2 screenwriting competitions for my recent screenplay. Took day job at start up PE firm. Raised my hand a lot when projects were being handed out, and thus went from CEO's assistant to general office manager and investor relations liasion. Responsible for hiring 3 people in the past year, 2 as assistants, one as addtional accounting person. Also function as primary liasion between our fund sales agent and our partners.

Outside interests /clubs etc: play piano and sing in old folks homes around NYC. Am now well-versed in WWII swing ballads! Also, tutored two other assistants after work - 1 passed the NYPD exam and is applying as an officer candidate, and the other managed to graduate from college (she was going at night - first person in her family to graduate from college)
Final GMAT score: 740 - 46Q, 45V - 97th percentile. Also recently took Pre-Calculus class at NYU and received grade of "A".
Why MBA: eventually, to start my own film production company. Want to write/produce quality films with strong, funny female characters who audiences can identify with and root for, and thus help to change the often negative portrayals of women in pop culture.

Target schools: Columbia (great media program), HAAS (ditto - more digital media, but still), Harvard (b/c 4 people from my firm, including my immediate boss, are Baker Scholars from there, and insisted that I should include it in my lineup.)
These are all top schools, and thus long shots, I know, but would appreciate your thoughts and any insight you can provide on my candidacy.
Many thanks for your time!
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Re: Please take a quick look at my profile...thanks so much. [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2007, 21:07
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Hi Paul. I'm applying this year for B-school. Just re-took GMAT, and here are my stats:
Gender: Female
Age: 42
Education: Smith College undergrad, GPA 3.3, Political Science major.
Resume: Straight out of college, 5 years on Wall Street - went through training program at major commercial bank, was placed in private banking sector, promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Left to pursue music/acting career. Traveled all over the country playing in bands and working in theatre for many years. Started writing in earnest. Won top honors in 2 screenwriting competitions for my recent screenplay. Took day job at start up PE firm. Raised my hand a lot when projects were being handed out, and thus went from CEO's assistant to general office manager and investor relations liasion. Responsible for hiring 3 people in the past year, 2 as assistants, one as addtional accounting person. Also function as primary liasion between our fund sales agent and our partners.

Outside interests /clubs etc: play piano and sing in old folks homes around NYC. Am now well-versed in WWII swing ballads! Also, tutored two other assistants after work - 1 passed the NYPD exam and is applying as an officer candidate, and the other managed to graduate from college (she was going at night - first person in her family to graduate from college)
Final GMAT score: 740 - 46Q, 45V - 97th percentile. Also recently took Pre-Calculus class at NYU and received grade of "A".
Why MBA: eventually, to start my own film production company. Want to write/produce quality films with strong, funny female characters who audiences can identify with and root for, and thus help to change the often negative portrayals of women in pop culture.

Target schools: Columbia (great media program), HAAS (ditto - more digital media, but still), Harvard (b/c 4 people from my firm, including my immediate boss, are Baker Scholars from there, and insisted that I should include it in my lineup.)
These are all top schools, and thus long shots, I know, but would appreciate your thoughts and any insight you can provide on my candidacy.
Many thanks for your time!


UphillClimb,

You have a very distinctive profile. Very, very few people in their 40s are admitted to these programs so your odds, difficult already because of the quality and competitiveness of these programs, will be all the tougher. My concerns, other than age, include the fact that "general office manager and investor relations liasion" does not sound like a strong enough title (in terms of responsibility and direct reports etc.) for someone your age to be bringing to these schools. The other is that your profile, while hugely interesting and unusual, is not of the 'change the world' variety, which the B-schools tend to warm to. That is, your impact thus far may not be substantial enough for these schools.

Of the three I think Haas is your best chance, followed by CBS, and then HBS. I would encouage you to add some less-selective schools to your list and to perhaps apply to more programs than people typically do to spread your odds a bit.

I hope this helps,

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2007, 18:22
Thank you for your assessment, Paul. I will concentrate on showing my leadership skills in my essays via examples from my theatre work - in addition to my work as an actor, I've also worked extensively behind the scenes as both a director and stage manager. Perhaps I should scale back a bit on mentioning my work at my "day" job - which is what my job at the private equity firm really is, since my title isn't really that sexy! LOL. I would give my eye-teeth to go to HAAS - I had a great conversation with a second year last year, who was co-chair of the arts and media club, and 39 at the time. He seemed to believe that if I spoke well enough in my essays about how I'd like to change pop culture's often negative depictions of women by writing and producing films featuring strong, funny female characters, that I could make a really good case for wanting a b-school education. As an aside, who knew 42 would be considered "old"? The women in my family have been living, and I mean LIVING - not ekeing out a miserable existence as they dodder into old age - to at or near the century mark for generations.
And all of them have worn many different "hats", as the cliche goes, throughout their lives. Lots of different careers and different kinds of focus throughout their lives...but I digress. I am not a starf***er, so to speak, in terms of the schools to which I am choosing to apply. HAAS or Columbia would be great...but perhaps you would be kind enough to suggest one or two others that I should include on my list?
Again, many thanks for your time. I appreciate your candor!
Cheers,
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2007, 17:23
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uphillclimb wrote:
Thank you for your assessment, Paul. I will concentrate on showing my leadership skills in my essays via examples from my theatre work - in addition to my work as an actor, I've also worked extensively behind the scenes as both a director and stage manager. Perhaps I should scale back a bit on mentioning my work at my "day" job - which is what my job at the private equity firm really is, since my title isn't really that sexy! LOL. I would give my eye-teeth to go to HAAS - I had a great conversation with a second year last year, who was co-chair of the arts and media club, and 39 at the time. He seemed to believe that if I spoke well enough in my essays about how I'd like to change pop culture's often negative depictions of women by writing and producing films featuring strong, funny female characters, that I could make a really good case for wanting a b-school education. As an aside, who knew 42 would be considered "old"? The women in my family have been living, and I mean LIVING - not ekeing out a miserable existence as they dodder into old age - to at or near the century mark for generations.
And all of them have worn many different "hats", as the cliche goes, throughout their lives. Lots of different careers and different kinds of focus throughout their lives...but I digress. I am not a starf***er, so to speak, in terms of the schools to which I am choosing to apply. HAAS or Columbia would be great...but perhaps you would be kind enough to suggest one or two others that I should include on my list?
Again, many thanks for your time. I appreciate your candor!
Cheers,
Uphillclimb


Uphillclimb,

Yes, I share your amusement at the notion of 42 as "too old," given that that landmark is now in my rear-view window. Given your aspirations I really think you should target UCLA, USC, and perhaps some NYC programs like NYU. If you aimed for part-time programs you'd increase your odds of admission.

Good luck,

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