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Profile Evaluation Please! [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 06:20
I'm an Indian applicant and applied to Harvard (ding w/o interview), Stanford (ding w/o interview), Tuck (dinged after interview), Kellogg (dinged after interview), and Yale (ding w/o interview). Out of these, I'll be applying to Tuck again as it's always been my dream school.

During my feedback for Tuck, I was told that I applied too late (January round), and my work ex was on the lower side of the average. Also, the councilor told me that although my essays and resume were of no concern to the adcom, she'd really like to see a major improvement!

I will have 5 years of work ex by matriculation. Out of these, I worked at Google for 2 years, the Commonwealth Games (contract of 1 year) for 1 year and am currently a Senior Manager for Digital Marketing at Iris Worldwide. I scored 760 on the GMAT and earned a BA (Honors) in Journalism from Delhi University. I was a university topper but had to drop a year as a result of an accident.

I was and am actively involved in extra-curricular activities. I was a Senior Under Officer with the National Cadet Corps (commanded over 150 cadets) during college. Also, I was actively involved in community service activities through Google Cares and Google Green. I played and excelled in hockey and soccer.

My list of schools this time are Wharton, Tuck, Duke, Kellogg, and Cornell.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please! [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 18:21
It's hard to say what happened, but what you mentioned here is very telling:

"Also, the councilor told me that although my essays and resume were of no concern to the adcom, she'd really like to see a major improvement!"

That's basically double speak for "your essays sucked." You probably didn't say anything bad or self-incriminating (hence "no concern") but that your essays were likely dull and clinical.

As for this year, it's hard to say. What works in your favor is that unlike 99% of your fellow Indian compatriots, you're NOT an engineer and you didn't even do an engineering degree. So that alone you'll naturally stand out. What you'll need to do though is still put together strong essays -- and if you have a journalism background, the adcom will hold you to a higher standard (since you should be much stronger of a writer and communicator than the average MBA applicant).
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