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Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat

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Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2013, 10:05
Hey all,

I've posted this in a few other forums. Just want to thank you guys for all the advice and guidance in taking the GMAT and applying for Grad school. I am looking to acquire my MBA for a switch into either Management Consulting or Research at a BB firm covering O&G.

I am a 25 year old 1st generation Asian American male. I was born in China and came to the States with my parents when I was 8 years old. My native language is a dialect from a part of South China. I learned Mandarin and English here in the US. Listed below are my backgrounds. Please take a few minutes and evaluate my candidacy. I appreciate everyone's time and suggestions. Thanks again.

GMAT: 720(Q49V39) - Multiple practice tests came out to this number. Looking to score as high as I can. GMAT in 3 weeks.

Education: 3.30 GPA with B.S. Finance/Accounting 2010 at top private Catholic University
- Walk-on to football team as a Safety, played for a year and then left in favor of Rugby.
- VP of a start-up finance club chapter on campus - accounting/finance hybrid club. Arrange networking events and trips to Big Four and BB firms.
- Club liaison for Asian Student Association - seek out new members, provide information for interested members, coordinate events with other members
- Campus volunteer - coordinate events around campus and in surrounding area - YMCA center clean ups, tree planting, Special Olympics, mentor kids - Big Brother/Big Sister type of activity.
- Habitat for Humanity - worked mostly on project housing in low income neighborhood, but also had requests to build a tree-house and a parking lot.
- (Not sure if this one is relevant) Volunteer in ICU at local hospital for one summer.

Work Experience:
- 1 year at BB firm in Alternative Investment service.
- 2 year at an Equity Trading firm in NY - I have a big interest in O&G

Extras:
- Tri-lingual, I trade on my personal account, big on fitness and compete in obstacle races and events like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Wall Street RBC Decathlon

I am still debating on whether to get into consulting or stay in finance. I feel consultants are very valuable for their knowledge and expertise but at the same time I want to stay in finance and get into Research covering O&G. I think the US is sitting on a massive amount of undiscovered and untapped natural resources. With our goal of becoming more energy independent and technological advancements in drilling and recovery, the next decade or so could be a huge boom for this country.

Schools I'm Applying To: All 2nd Round
1st Tier - Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg
2nd Tier - Duke, Anderson
Safety - Georgetown?

Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for reading.
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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2013, 10:26
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Hey there,

Thanks for posting and thanks for so much detail! You definitely have an interesting profile and numerous components of it help you stand out. A walk on safety for one! I also like how you left for rugby - football not rough enough? :)

I would make a couple of tweaks to your school list given your goals. Before I do, let's talk Wharton first. Is it a stretch? Yup. Should you apply? Yup! Go for it. Of the top 3, Wharton most closely aligns with your interests. As for the rest, Columbia and Kellogg are great schools and I would add Booth to that list. I would consider removing Duke and replace it with Darden. Also, if you're interested in O&G, look into McCombs (for obvious reasons).

But, after McCombs, don't go any lower. You have a good profile and a strong GMAT score. You really don't need a #25 safety.

I know this was a slightly brief post but hopefully it gets you thinking and so if you have questions after reading this, let me know! We'll make it more of a conversation.

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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:28
Hi Bhavik,

Thank you for your evaluation. Is there a reason why you would replace Duke with Darden? Those two programs seem to be fairly similar and I listed Duke because it has a bigger presence on Wall Street (am I misinformed?)

Also, how big of a stretch is Wharton? Wharton would definitely be my first choice, although Kellogg or Columbia would be an excellent decision as well. I mentioned previously that my GMAT scores are from multiple practice test figures, so I am unsure how much deviation there would be from the actual test.

As for McComb, call me silly, but I don't plan on working down in the South post-MBA even if I do decide to get into O&G. Regardless of my career, I hope to be working on either coast.

Thanks again for your time.
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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 17:58
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Hey there,

Darden's financial footprint is significantly stronger than Duke. While Duke places a lot of graduates into financial services, look at where they go. For the types of work you're interested in, Darden is a stronger option.

Wharton is a pretty solid stretch. It isn't unrealistic but it isn't easily within reach, either. There isn't much of a quantitative description I can give there. But like I said, if it's your top choice, you should absolutely apply! That's why stretch schools exist, to push you a bit.

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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2013, 07:23
Hi Bhavik,

Thanks for that clarification. There is one question that I have been meaning to ask but it kept slipping my mind. How big of a difference is there between Columbia and NYU in terms of acceptance rate, reputation, wall street placement, and alumni connections? I've heard so many different opinions on these two.
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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2013, 14:14
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Hey there,

I'm sorry for such a delayed response! So that's a good question. Acceptance rate and average salary wise, Columbia pulls out ahead. They both have incredibly strong networks. Now, when it comes to Wall Street Placement, Columbia does place both a larger percent of its graduates into Finance as well as in pure numbers compared to Stern. Overall, they're both fantastic programs for placement onto Wall Street and I would encourage you to find which places more into the sector of FSI you personally are interested in.

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