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Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate

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Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 17:28
Hi Linda,

I'm a little new and a little early to apply to b-school. But I wanted to get your input on my chances at the top b-schools. I will potentially apply in 2 years.

24 years old, Male, Indian American (born in the US)

Graduate from Wayne State University with 3.55 GPA

Majored in General Management, emphasis in Accounting. Graduated in 3.5 years while working 30 hours a week.

Work experience: Worked at a startup for a year, took almost a year off for extracurriculars, which I'll describe below, then 2 years in corporate finance. After finance, I'm considering becoming a religious leader (Imam) leading the organization full time.

Extracurriculars: Studying to be a religious scholar (4th year), teaching and administration work at religious organization (4 years), prison volunteer chaplain (2 years)

GMAT: First time 660, retaking and aiming for ~710

Career Paths: Consulting, Non-profit

My main goal is to revitalize the Muslim religious institutions in the US to make them more modern, without losing the spirituality or violating religious principles. I want to make our message more relevant to the modern world. I would ideally like to work in consulting for a few years after an MBA to learn how to restructure and improve organizations, and then later on apply them to my field. I know my candidacy is definitely not the norm, but I would like to get your expert advice if a school like Harvard or Stanford would be interested in my story. Thanks so much!

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Re: Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate [#permalink] New post 20 May 2013, 22:03
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TwoThrones wrote:
Hi Linda,

I'm a little new and a little early to apply to b-school. But I wanted to get your input on my chances at the top b-schools. I will potentially apply in 2 years.

24 years old, Male, Indian American (born in the US)

Graduate from Wayne State University with 3.55 GPA

Majored in General Management, emphasis in Accounting. Graduated in 3.5 years while working 30 hours a week.

Work experience: Worked at a startup for a year, took almost a year off for extracurriculars, which I'll describe below, then 2 years in corporate finance. After finance, I'm considering becoming a religious leader (Imam) leading the organization full time.

Extracurriculars: Studying to be a religious scholar (4th year), teaching and administration work at religious organization (4 years), prison volunteer chaplain (2 years)

GMAT: First time 660, retaking and aiming for ~710

Career Paths: Consulting, Non-profit

My main goal is to revitalize the Muslim religious institutions in the US to make them more modern, without losing the spirituality or violating religious principles. I want to make our message more relevant to the modern world. I would ideally like to work in consulting for a few years after an MBA to learn how to restructure and improve organizations, and then later on apply them to my field. I know my candidacy is definitely not the norm, but I would like to get your expert advice if a school like Harvard or Stanford would be interested in my story. Thanks so much!

Best,
TwoThrones


Given your undergrad studies, your work experience, and your community service experience, if you raise your GMAT and continue to have both relevant and impressive leadership, both HBS and Stanford will give you serious consideration. Obviously they will want to see leadership and serious responsibility in your work going forward too.

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Linda
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