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Thank you for reviewing my profile. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I am aiming to attend a top-tier b-school for a 2-year full time MBA for Sept 2014 entry.

My goal is to get into Columbia, but am also interested in Wharton, Harvard, LBS, Stern.

At present:
Age: 25yrs (turning 26 later this year), male, asian, Canada

Work Ex: 4 years in total
-2+ years sell-side equity research
-Previously at small value fund in ops

Graduation: CGPA 3.8/4.0 Health Sciences with Minor in Business
Summa Cum Laude, Dean's list all years
-Originally aimed for med school, but realized towards the latter half of undergrad that I wanted to go into finance. I'd say it took me so long to realize due to cultural pressures.
GMAT score: 680 (48q, 35v)

Extra Curricular:
-Completed CFA Level 3
-Attended Columbia investing conference in each of the last 3 years
-Attended Berkshire Meeting for the first time last year
-Basketball/volleyball league
-Avid investor (generated +20% per year over last three years); started investing during undergrad using technical analysis. I got really hooked and eventually got burned. Since then, I have fully embraced value investing and read anything and everything on the topic (hence why I have been attending Columbia conference and Berkshire meeting, all of which has been on my own dime).

Post MBA goals:
Short-term: Work for value-focused hedge fund
Longer-term: Start my own fund back in Canada where there is a very limited number of reputable value oriented funds. I would want to start a mutual fund to provide retail investors with a way to earn a decent return on capital. What I've learned in the industry is that retail investors are highly disadvantaged; I would like to change this in Canada.
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Re: Profile Evaluation for Columbia Business School. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2013, 21:52
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Thank you for reviewing my profile. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I am aiming to attend a top-tier b-school for a 2-year full time MBA for Sept 2014 entry.

My goal is to get into Columbia, but am also interested in Wharton, Harvard, LBS, Stern.

At present:
Age: 25yrs (turning 26 later this year), male, asian, Canada

Work Ex: 4 years in total
-2+ years sell-side equity research
-Previously at small value fund in ops

Graduation: CGPA 3.8/4.0 Health Sciences with Minor in Business
Summa Cum Laude, Dean's list all years
-Originally aimed for med school, but realized towards the latter half of undergrad that I wanted to go into finance. I'd say it took me so long to realize due to cultural pressures.
GMAT score: 680 (48q, 35v)

Extra Curricular:
-Completed CFA Level 3
-Attended Columbia investing conference in each of the last 3 years
-Attended Berkshire Meeting for the first time last year
-Basketball/volleyball league
-Avid investor (generated +20% per year over last three years); started investing during undergrad using technical analysis. I got really hooked and eventually got burned. Since then, I have fully embraced value investing and read anything and everything on the topic (hence why I have been attending Columbia conference and Berkshire meeting, all of which has been on my own dime).

Post MBA goals:
Short-term: Work for value-focused hedge fund
Longer-term: Start my own fund back in Canada where there is a very limited number of reputable value oriented funds. I would want to start a mutual fund to provide retail investors with a way to earn a decent return on capital. What I've learned in the industry is that retail investors are highly disadvantaged; I would like to change this in Canada.


Your GMAT is low for these programs, especially for Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and Stern. You may have a better chance at LBS. Have you considered a retake?

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Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation for Columbia Business School. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 04:36
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Your GMAT is low for these programs, especially for Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and Stern. You may have a better chance at LBS. Have you considered a retake?

Best,
Linda[/quote]

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your reply. I am planning to rewrite, but am in the process of applying to Columbia for pre-decision. Given the rest of my background, do you think this would be an unwise decision? I've talked to a bunch of people (alumni/current students/admissions) who recommended I do this, however, I'm trying to be realistic and get an unbiased opinion.

Thanks,
Victor
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Re: Profile Evaluation for Columbia Business School. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 22:23
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[quote=]
Your GMAT is low for these programs, especially for Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and Stern. You may have a better chance at LBS. Have you considered a retake?

Best,
Linda


Hi Linda,

Thanks for your reply. I am planning to rewrite, but am in the process of applying to Columbia for pre-decision. Given the rest of my background, do you think this would be an unwise decision? I've talked to a bunch of people (alumni/current students/admissions) who recommended I do this, however, I'm trying to be realistic and get an unbiased opinion.

Thanks,
Victor[/quote]

Victor,

Hmmm. I see why they are recommending it. It's a close call. When are you planning to retake the GMAT and what do you think you can realistically get?

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation for Columbia Business School. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 03:54
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gr33ngi4nt wrote:
[quote=]
Your GMAT is low for these programs, especially for Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and Stern. You may have a better chance at LBS. Have you considered a retake?

Best,
Linda


Hi Linda,

Thanks for your reply. I am planning to rewrite, but am in the process of applying to Columbia for pre-decision. Given the rest of my background, do you think this would be an unwise decision? I've talked to a bunch of people (alumni/current students/admissions) who recommended I do this, however, I'm trying to be realistic and get an unbiased opinion.

Thanks,
Victor


Victor,

Hmmm. I see why they are recommending it. It's a close call. When are you planning to retake the GMAT and what do you think you can realistically get?

Best,
Linda[/quote]

I think I can hit 700, but I'm not confident on getting much more beyond that. The issue I've been having is working 12 hours a day (thankfully no weekends anymore) and then when earning season comes around I have absolutely no time to study for two weeks. Realistically, my only option to rewrite, while still allowing myself time to work on applications (for round 2 deadlines) is the second week of October; I'm away for two weeks afterwards, and then earning season starts up again until November 15th. A part of me is thinking I'm way in over my head, and that aside from Columbia I don't have much of a chance for the other schools given my GMAT score.

Columbia told me to specify in my essay (I'll put it in my optional essay) that I am disappointed in my score and will rewrite on XX date. What are your thoughts?
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Re: Profile Evaluation for Columbia Business School. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 10:33
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Accepted. com wrote:
gr33ngi4nt wrote:
[quote=]
Your GMAT is low for these programs, especially for Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, and Stern. You may have a better chance at LBS. Have you considered a retake?

Best,
Linda


Hi Linda,

Thanks for your reply. I am planning to rewrite, but am in the process of applying to Columbia for pre-decision. Given the rest of my background, do you think this would be an unwise decision? I've talked to a bunch of people (alumni/current students/admissions) who recommended I do this, however, I'm trying to be realistic and get an unbiased opinion.

Thanks,
Victor


Victor,

Hmmm. I see why they are recommending it. It's a close call. When are you planning to retake the GMAT and what do you think you can realistically get?

Best,
Linda


I think I can hit 700, but I'm not confident on getting much more beyond that. The issue I've been having is working 12 hours a day (thankfully no weekends anymore) and then when earning season comes around I have absolutely no time to study for two weeks. Realistically, my only option to rewrite, while still allowing myself time to work on applications (for round 2 deadlines) is the second week of October; I'm away for two weeks afterwards, and then earning season starts up again until November 15th. A part of me is thinking I'm way in over my head, and that aside from Columbia I don't have much of a chance for the other schools given my GMAT score.

Columbia told me to specify in my essay (I'll put it in my optional essay) that I am disappointed in my score and will rewrite on XX date. What are your thoughts?[/quote]

I would take the advice you got from the CBS adcom. I don't mean to be unsympathetic, but don't attempt to excuse your GMAT score by mentioning your work hours. Many applicants have similar work hours. It will come across as whining..

Best,
Linda
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