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Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2013, 23:46

Would really appreciate your thoughts on my competitiveness for HBS, Wharton, Stanford and Kellogg

Background: Moved to the US with $20,000 to my uncle house for my education. I worked full time while I was in college and graduated with a 3.3 GPA as a finance major and was the president of my graduating class. I attended an average state school, think Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers etc. After college I co-founded 2 non-profits that now employ over 30 people and we are planning to expand nationally, one of these non-profits is the fastest growing non-profit in NYC. For my work I was recognized by President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg. All the organizations I have been a part of have also been featured in the press i.e. NYT, Bloomberg etc.

Work Experience: I started in back office at Merrill Lynch where I worked for 2.5 years, then moved to a top 10 investment banking in M&A for 2 years and am now working at one of the top 5 technology firms in silicon valley in their venture capital and acquisitions team. Most of the folks on my team are from the top 3 b-schools. Have a total of 5.5 years of experience.

GMAT: 680

Age: 26

Most MBA goal: I'd like to progress in the VC space
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Affiliations: Columbia, Wharton, LBS
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Schools: Harvard, Stanford, LBS, Columbia, Wharton, HEC Paris
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Re: Profile Eval Request [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2013, 10:07
Thanks for the posting.

You have a great life story and admissions at the four schools you list would, if properly presented, find it compelling. This means that although your grades and GMAT are below average, you have more than proven yourself in life. This is not an easy message to get across and you need to make sure that your essays, recommendations, etc. properly portray your experiences, goals and motivations.

As you well know, at these schools you will be competing against accomplished students from around the world - most with their own portfolio of accomplishments, goals and motivations. This means you have to invest the time, energy and resources to make sure that your application stands out from the masses. However, based on what you present here, this can be done. At this stage of the process, you should be scouting potential recommenders as well as going to information sessions and learn as much about these schools as you possibly can (visit if you can).

Good luck.

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