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Profile Evaluation for HBS 2+2 [#permalink]
12 Jul 2011, 09:43
So, I'm looking at applying for the HBS 2+2 program this fall. Is there anything I should emphasize or try to improve to be a better candidate? Here is my profile:
Male, 23, Dual citizen (Finland/US)
GMAT: -Taking it next month, but practice CATs are generally 750+
Academics: -3.81 GPA, majoring in Electrical Engineering at BYU (Graduating spring 2012)
Experience: -Two summers as an RA in a radiology lab at Harvard Medical School -Spent past year doing microelectronics research in the cleanroom at BYU -I will likely have a publication or two in scientific journals by the time I graduate
Extracurriculars/Service: -Took two years off between my freshman and sophomore years to do volunteer missionary work for my church (This explains my older-than-average age for a college senior) -Spent one of those years in leadership positions supervising and training groups of 6-14 other missionaries -Coaching youth soccer this fall -Extracurriculars are pretty weak, captain of 10-12 different intramural sports teams, that's about all (I spent most of my time on school + 20 hours of research/week)
I plan on emphasizing my leadership experience during my 2-year hiatus to try to show that I'm not quite as one-dimensional as my profile might demonstrate (More suited for a PhD candidate). Are there any other ways I could try to spin my profile to my advantage?
I assume you're an LDS member. Just trust your instincts on this -- play to your strengths (your missionary work and what you learned about leadership, blah blah blah). Your academic stuff -- it's less about conveying how smart you are, and more about revealing your curiosity (that's what they care about for 2+2 applicants since they don't have full-time work experience). _________________