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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, 17:30
Hi,

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 14 May 2013, 05:16
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Hey Twothrones,

For a second there I thought your name had something to do with "Game of Thrones" :) But I guess it has a more religious significance.

So first of all your story is very interesting. This is the first time I heard of someone having such a specific religious non-profit goal, and I think that if you can back up your story with proven experience (which seems to be the case, and keep up the good work). What is a little bit unclear for me is how 'full-time' the religious work you are doing now is (I understand that you are still in school studying to be an Imam?). Beyond that, your main goal needs to be made more concrete. Your goal is lofty and excellent, but my first question as a sceptic would be: HOW. How are you going to bring about the change you propose? Will you found your own non-profit? Work for an existing one? Try to lead some religious council?? etc... If you can get a bit more specific about how you will accomplish what you propose to accomplish, it will help you a great deal.

For top programs a GMAt above 710 is pretty much a must, so make sure that is in the bag (and you do have plenty of time, so no worries there). Good luck with your test and everything else. And if you have any other questions, just drop them here,
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