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Profile eval- female, Asian, government/health management

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Profile eval- female, Asian, government/health management [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2012, 09:46
Hi Jon,

I would really appreciate your comments of my profile.

- Female from South East Asia
- Education: pharmacy school in my home country (GPA 7/10); master of public health in the US (GPA 3.5)
- Work experience: 6 years in public policy and healthcare management
- GMAT: 690 (49Q; 34V), AWA 6.

WORK EX: (highlights)
- Led the development of several government regulations in pharmaceutical system of my home country --> Deeply involved in the decision-making & policy-developing processes of the central healthcare system
- Effectively represented the gov authority in international negotiations with other countries (including the US)
- Improved efficiency of the organization through reforming key operation processes
- Reported directly to top leaders in the government department of health

DISADVANTAGES (self-perceived):
- Quite-intangible achievements
- Management experience: mostly projects other than persons
- mediocre GMAT 690 after... 4 times! ( ) ; both GPAs from a non-US and a non-Ivy schools are average
- Age: 31 - above the average in top schools

- College: school's student government; president of the class (100 students)
- Throughout college and career: Participated and led several "mobile clinics" - providing free health exams and medicines to disadvantaged people in isolated villages

- post MBA: healthcare consulting firms; established NGOs in healthcare
- long-term: head a social venture in Asia to address health management issues in developing countries

HBS, Wharton, MIT, Haas, Yale, Duke...

1. Already took GMAT 4 times (550 -> 650 -> 660 -> 690, AWA 6, IR 7/8). Would the Adcoms (and You) think I'm crazy/immature if I retake the GMAT the 5th time to break 700 (strongly believe I can do so this time )
Or should I instead try to submit to 1-2 schools in R1 (it's pretty late already ) and count on luck in R2?

2. Are the above schools all long-shots to me?

Thanks so much for your time!

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Re: Profile eval- female, Asian, government/health management [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2012, 23:10
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Soooo first of all, very importantly: If you want to apply this year. FORGET about the GMAT!!!
You have enough other things going for you, and your score may be under the average, but you can make it.

Your strong pros: Vietnam, female, your industry
What does this mean? You have a profile that is UNIQUE. If you make your goals stand out and your essays, you will have a shot!

Although your school list is possible, if your true intent is to get into Bschool, then I would highly suggest adding two schools out of the Top 10 to your list. Choose schools with strengths in health/pharma like Ross and UNC, and I think this will give you the best possible strategy. (Also thinking about other Top schools with Health care strengths like Kellogg and Haas, would be a good idea).

But overall, your profile looks unique. I believe in it. and you may find that you can get a lot more results out of your stories and achievements than you believe.

Jon Frank
Founder, Admissionado

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