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Profile Eval - Recommendations for improvement? [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2012, 19:35
To start off, the schools I'm currently most interested in, by preference, are:
London Business School
Oxford
SP Jain
Harvard
UNC Chapel Hill

Now, about me:

I'm a 23-year-old American caucasian (will be 27 at start of B-School)
Undergrad Institution: United States Military Academy (West Point)
Undergrad GPA: 3.24 (ranged between 15 and 24 credit hours per semester, ranked just shy of 25th percentile in my class)
Undergrad Major: Mathematical Studies and Chinese Language
GMAT: 770 (51/44)
Work: Currently 14 months into a 5-year commitment as an infantry officer (plan on attending B-school starting fall 2016). Shortly I should be taking command of approximately 40 men and will be responsible for millions of dollars of equipment. This will be in Germany, and hopefully I will be deploying next year as well.
Extracurriculars: Currently not involved in any group-type extracurriculars. Im hoping as soon as I move abroad to pick up rugby or footy, but until then I mainly just enjoy running marathons/ultras by myself or traveling. I've been to 25 countries thus far. I plan on attempting to relearn Chinese (I've let it lapse the last couple years) as well as picking up German once I get to Germany.
My ideal school/job is one which is located abroad and is coupled with a truly global perspective.

Do I seem to be a strong candidate for these schools? More specifically, LBS? I do have a couple years until I can begin to apply, so if there are any improvements I can make, I'd be happy to hear them. Ive only taken the GMAT once, but I dont want to take it again because of the risk of lowering my score if I don't have to.

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Re: Profile Eval - Recommendations for improvement? [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 05:02
hi erbium...i'd say your chances are quite good. i wouldn't take the gmat again either if i were you, based on that score. there's not even much room to improve, which is great for you. you have a great undergrad degree from the right program. the academies were very well respected when i was on the adcom.

given how strong your candidacy already is, your biggest challenge will be to stay out of your own way. be crisp and clear on why you want to attend. avoid red flags (i.e., "running alone for hours" [endurance marathons] is actually a red flag in some instances for bschool programs that are super social). and be sure to take advantage of the myriad leadership experiences you must be having in the military. also, play up your international experiences, as that's an area of particular importance to top MBA programs.

best of luck,
-james young
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Re: Profile Eval - Recommendations for improvement?   [#permalink] 05 Jul 2012, 05:02
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