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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2011, 19:59
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Hello Paul,
I would like to request you to evaluate my profile and let me know my chances of getting into Full Time MBA in
Wharton/MIT (Primary choice)
Cornell/Haas/Darden (Secondary choice)
CMU/UCLA

Ethnicity: Indian male
Undergraduate GPA: 2.7/4 in engg (from a top university in India)
Master's GPA: 3.45/4 in engg (from top 20-30 school in USA)
GMAT: 750 (50 Q, 40 V)

Work experience: Will have 4.5 years in Technology when I apply for MBA
Worked for Deloitte and Wells Fargo as a consultant and currently working for American Express as an employee
At Amex, I saved my team around $200K through 3 separate initiatives; Leading a team of around 6 people (depends on the project)
At Deloitte, I used to be one of the very few (out of around 200 programmers) to take initiatives to solve complex issues and was instrumental in solving 2 major issues

Extra curricular activities/Community Service: Nothing substantial

I would really appreciate an assessment of my profile.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2011, 15:57
Focus on schools outside the top 16 but within the top 30 as your sweet spots -- schools like CMU, Georgetown, Texas, USC. Schools in the bottom half of the top 16 (UCLA, Cornell, Haas, Darden) are going to be stretches - choose 2. Schools like Wharton and MIT are long shots.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 08:29
Hello Alex,
Thank you very much for your assessment. I would like to apply for Fall 2012. Can you please tell me where I can improve, such as the community service or something else, to get into top schools ??
If I wish to get into schools such as Cornell, Haas, Darden, NYU etc. what should I show or prove to them? Also, if I wish to apply for only 3 of these universities, would you be able to take me as a client of yours?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 15:51
You can't fundamentally change who you are in a few months, or have those few months erase/balance out who you have been for the past decade or more. Anything new you try to do will just be window dressing.

At this point, best thing you can do is to focus on schools where you have a realistic shot of getting into (irrespective of whether you hire a consultant or not - and anyone that promises to magically transform you, to be your glass slipper in your Cinderella story - is no different than all those abdominal exercise products promising overnight six-pack abs).

Again, all you can (and should) do is the following -- visit a few of the schools if you can (don't say you can't afford it -- if you are willing to shoulder the burden of nearly $100K in tuition/student fees, you can afford to take a short trip to these schools while class is in session (by end of April). You don't need to go to every school to show your face - it should be for your own education and experience, to have a far better sense of what you're getting into by sitting in on class, talking to current students, and so forth.

Once you've done that, then it's a matter of focusing on the written applications once they are released (in May/June). Whether you hire a consultant to coach you or not is a personal decision.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2012, 21:40
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AlexMBAApply wrote:
You can't fundamentally change who you are in a few months, or have those few months erase/balance out who you have been for the past decade or more. Anything new you try to do will just be window dressing.

At this point, best thing you can do is to focus on schools where you have a realistic shot of getting into (irrespective of whether you hire a consultant or not - and anyone that promises to magically transform you, to be your glass slipper in your Cinderella story - is no different than all those abdominal exercise products promising overnight six-pack abs).

Again, all you can (and should) do is the following -- visit a few of the schools if you can (don't say you can't afford it -- if you are willing to shoulder the burden of nearly $100K in tuition/student fees, you can afford to take a short trip to these schools while class is in session (by end of April). You don't need to go to every school to show your face - it should be for your own education and experience, to have a far better sense of what you're getting into by sitting in on class, talking to current students, and so forth.

Once you've done that, then it's a matter of focusing on the written applications once they are released (in May/June). Whether you hire a consultant to coach you or not is a personal decision.


Hi Alex, it has been a long time since we spoke. To provide a conclusion to my story, I have been admitted by a top 10 school (as ranked by business week, FT and slightly above 10 by US news) and have been waitlisted and then rejected by top 5 university. I am starting my full-time MBA this fall. Wish you a good luck!
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