You seem to have given a great deal of honest and high quality advice on applicant profiles, so I was wondering if you could take a quick look at mine.
GMAT: 770 (50Q, 47V, 6.0 AWA)
Education: Summa Cum Laude (3.9+ GPA) with dual degrees (BA/BS) from top public university (Mich/Cal/UVa)
W/E: Expected 2-3 years at top bulge bracket investment bank in Chi/SF
EC: Involved in arts/theater for 2 years in college, founded and ran own univ. course, leadership positions in several clubs but nothing overly "outstanding"
Community Service: volunteered for 3 weeks at an orphanage in Latin America, currently mentoring underprivileged kids in local community
Essays: Probably going to hire an admissions consultant so they should be decent/good.
I am looking to apply in around 2-3 years; I am current a graduating senior in UG. I had a couple of questions i was hoping for your take on:
- What are the biggest areas of weakness in my app? I'm somewhat concerned about being an overrepresented investment banker.
- In my free time over the next few months, what would be the best thing for me to work on? (Campus visits/ECs/Essays?) Considering that once I start work, I won't really have time for ECs due to 100-hour weeks, which may be an issue.
- What would be an honest assessment of my reaches and targets at this point?
Thanks a lot in advance. I really appreciate your insights!
Thanks very much for the feedback.
I don't see any weaknesses in your profile to this point in time. As an investment banker, you will face the challenge of time management. Make time to continue with your extra-curricular activities and by doing so you will distinguish yourself from the other bankers who don't carve out the time.
It's way too early for essays. Some interesting extra-curriculars sound great. Make sure you have some fun! If you can fit in a few campus visits, that would be helpful, but not as illuminating as visiting when school is in session.
To date, your profile is competitive at the elite programs including Harvard
, etc. Just keep up the good work.
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