. If I could be so bold as to ask for a profile evaluation:
As the title suggests, I'm 27 and asian american. Took the gmat last month: 710 (second time taking it)
Received a BS in Business Admin at UC Riverside, GPA 3.17
Post MBA goal:
I want to start my own company, sooner rather than later, and the MBA will really help me with that. Also interested in wealth management.
: I'm an auditor at at a public accounting firm, and have been there a year. In the year that I've been auditing, I've earned the trust of the partners and managers, and receive a lot more responsibility than when I started (I'm now leading the audits on a few of our clients). Before that I worked as an underwriter in my state's largest insurance company for about 18 months -- consistently received high performance evaluations, and promoted rapidly. Prior to that, I worked at a bank for 2 years.
I passed the CPA exam, and I'm working towards the experience requirement as I write (I have 1 out of 2 years required, at the moment). When I get into business school, I'll be able to use the education in place of the second year and become licensed while earning my MBA.
The audit partner at my firm has said he'll write me a glowing letter, and my previous supervisor has said the same. I have their respect and appreciation. Based on this I don't think references will be a weakness in my app.
: There's not a lot there for extracurriculars, to be honest. Some of that is attributable to studying for the CPA exam. I've been involved in a university alumni association for two years, mainly helping to organize the annual ball. This year we are sponsoring students to visit Thailand, and I am one of the selectors who will interview the applicants and decide who to send to Thailand for the summer quarter. Last year I planned/coordinated a trip for me and my friends to Europe, for the World Cup. It was exciting, interesting, and the experience of a lifetime. All of the preparation was worth it.
Schools I'm considering: UCLA, USC. What are my chances at these two schools, and what other schools should I consider? I'm also considering international MBA programs, for the global experience and also the shorter durations (usually 12-18 months). What are my odds at say, ESADE?
Thanks in advance! By the way I bought 'Great Application Essays' and am finding it to be a great resource.