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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, 10:08
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 28 Sep 2013, 19:39
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. Overall it sounds like you have a strong profile, and I would think you'd have a shot at top programs, if you are able to put together strong application essays and answer the key questions, "What will you bring to the program? Why do you want an MBA? Why our school? What will you do with your MBA?" in a compelling and interesting way. ;)

Your strengths based on the info you provided:

-GMAT
-solid work experience
-evidence of quantitative ability
-lots of involvement that would show you would likely be involved at b-school as well
-diversity of international background, languages, etc

Unknowns:
-more in-depth of your work experience; examples where you've demonstrate leadership, teamwork, made an impact, went above-and-beyond, etc
-essays/recommendations/interview

As for schools, sounds reasonable, though have you looked at programs that are particularly known for strength in the energy sector? McCombs, Rice, or Haas... of course top 10 programs will open numerous doors in any area no matter what.

Let us know if you have additional questions and keep us posted on your decisions, wishing you all the best in the process.
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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2013, 18:18
Hi Jen,

Thanks for your response. I looked into Haas but not the others since I don't have an interest in working down in the South, even though I do understand that is where I would probably find the best and most opportunities for growth and advancements in O&G. Ultimately, I decided to take out Haas since I thought it's fairly similar to Kellogg or Columbia.

As for my leadership experience:

I mentored junior traders when I worked at the equity trading firm
I helped my team to set up a disaster recovery database system in an offsite location for the BB firm.
I also plan volunteer events for the BB corporate volunteer program
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Re: Pro Eval: 1st Gen Asian/American Athlete, 720 Gmat [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 17:47
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Understood. So you should have some leadership and management experiences to draw from. As I said if you put together a strong application, you should have a shot at top schools. You may just want to apply to a few tiers just in case, though of course don't apply anywhere you wouldn't want to go! ;) Haven't heard thinking of Haas as similar to Kellogg and Columbia before but in any case you want to apply where you are most interested/excited to go. ;)

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

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 03 Oct 2013, 11:42
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Hi there,

Yes it is true that those 2 NYC programs will often be compared! There are a lot of similarities... and a lot of differences too. ;) If you are very interested in those 2 I encourage you to dig deep into some research about each because they really appreciate when applicants KNOW their school and know how it's different and can speak to that (they want you to differentiate between the 2 and explain why THEIR program fits best with you.)

In terms of acceptance rate and average GMAT, they are similar. In terms of placements, Columbia has financial services as the top industry for 2012 grads (over 40% of grads); NYU is tied between consulting & investment banking in terms of top industries. You can search for 'employment statistics' or hiring profile on each school's website to see details and companies hiring there etc. It is definitely a good idea to look at closely.

Also look closely at the curriculum differences. And if possible-- visit! They are in very different parts of NYC. Our Insiders Guides to each (NYU & Columbia) provide a lot of detailed info about what it's like at each program, fyi. http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders Whether or not you can visit, get in touch with current students and/or alum to ask about the feel of a school, and read student blogs.

Generally Columbia is slightly higher in the rankings over time. But they are both great programs. It is often a personal choice on what works best for your career and also your personal interests in a school. Here's an interesting article from a few years back but with some points to consider:

http://poetsandquants.com/2010/08/16/ne ... ss-school/

Good luck! NYC is an awesome place to be! ;)
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