Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 14 Sep 2014, 20:24

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 14 Oct 2012
Posts: 13
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 06:18
Would love any thoughts on my profile - whether the schools I'm looking at make sense and how I could make myself stand out. I'm worried that my undifferentiated story, no-name undergrad and age at application (will be 28) will make things difficult. Thanks in advance!

1) Background/Experience: 27 y/o white male - grew up on a farm in the midwest. 2.5 years of Big 4 Accounting (Audit, promoted to Senior Associate), networked like crazy to get to M&A at a top middle market investment bank (Baird, HW&Co., Piper Jaffray) and spent 2.5 years there, will have 2 years of middle market private equity experience ($1+ billion fund, currently only a few months in). Top rankings at each and should be able to get very good recs from partners/founders/b-school donors.
2) GMAT: Will be taking soon - shooting for 720+ based on practice exams
3) Undergrad: Lower tier (100 - 200 ranking on US News) state school, 4.0 GPA, triple major in Econ, Accounting, and Finance, graduated in 2007.
4) Extras: One year of varsity football (walk-on), officer of student investment fund and member of several clubs in college. After college, was a board member of non-profit with ~$3 million budget and member of a special committee that led a merger with another major non-profit. Board member of a professional organization. Other volunteer work through United Way.
5) Designations: CPA
6) Schools: Reach: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton. Target: Kellog, Booth, Columbia, Tuck. Others: Not sure - maybe Haas, Yale
7) Goal: Transition away from standard LBO into growth equity, with a particular focus on consumer businesses in emerging markets.
Kaplan Promo CodeKnewton GMAT Discount CodesManhattan GMAT Discount Codes
Expert Post
Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant
User avatar
Affiliations: Veritas Prep
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 1349
Followers: 35

Kudos [?]: 127 [0], given: 3

GMAT Tests User
Re: Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2012, 14:53
Expert's post
While it's true you may be accused of underachieving in undergrad (since you got a 4.0 at a lower tier school), there may be reasons behind it and the career progression you have had since makes up for it. If you are able to get the 720 you are targeting, it's very likely you can get attention from your second tier targets. H/S/Wharton and the like are always a crap shoot and your background may sound a bit less interesting when compared to applicants to those schools. I am not saying that you can't get into those schools but the sheer number of applicaitons alone makes it difficult. Start to think about how to cast yourself against other applicants with similar backgrounds and work experience. Also begin to make your story very personal. Definitely bring for example, how being raised on a farm has helped shape who you are. These kinds of things are unique and can help you be more memorable than the typical accounting or m&A applicant. Only you have your unique story, so don't blow it by merely describing the typical attributes that any applicant with your background has.
_________________

Bryant Michaels
Veritas Prep | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant

Find the expert who’s right for you. Meet our team!
Veritas Prep Reviews

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 14 Oct 2012
Posts: 13
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Re: Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 05:17
Thank you for the feedback. Really appreciate you taking the time to provide some insight.
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated unlikelylongshot 1 22 Oct 2012, 06:20
Feeling low :( fawreel902 21 04 Aug 2007, 15:56
feel stucked Grooby 0 27 Nov 2006, 11:52
Not feeling to great wiseguy 2 19 Nov 2005, 14:24
Feeling low.... Adam 4 23 Jul 2005, 17:54
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


cron

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.