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1) Work Experience: 5+ yrs in NYC Current Employer: Top 10 European Corporate and Investment Bank. Global Credit Management - 3 years Loan Syndications and Trading - 2+ years (now an Associate)
2) GMAT. 700 GMAT 47math/39 verbal
3) College info: 3.4 GPA at a top 30 university in U.S.
4) Graduate School: Masters in Economics and Finance at the same school (BA/MA): 3.7 GPA
5) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service
College: Events Coordinator at International Club Board Member of South East Asian Club Investment Club - Analyst
Post college: Career Services Mentor for my undergraduate school (5 years) 3 years of mentoring high school students (3 hours a week)
Other: Thai Native, recovering from GBS (a nerve disease that paralyzed my lower body- I was out of work for 4 months).
6) Target programs.
Top 10 schools. In particular, Wharton, Columbia (J Term), Haas, Kellog, harvard, Sloan, Stern, London Business School, Insead Do you have any recommendations?
7) Strong, personable work recommendations from supervisors
8) Post-MBA goal.
My father has a mid-sized, education-focused technology company in Bangkok, Thailand. The company recently suffered its first quarterly loss in 11 years. Post MBA I will go back to Thailand to help revive the family business.
Longterm - Expand business overseas and determine new strategic vision of business.
Do I have a shot at applying for Round 3 this year?
Thanks for sharing your profile - very interesting! I think overall it's pretty strong. Great professional experience, good community activity, and pretty good scores. Your verbal seems slightly low - out of curiosity, what was the percentile breakdown on your GMAT? It shouldn't make a material difference since it's verbal and not quant that is weak.
I think that Wharton, Haas, Kellogg, Columbia, INSEAD and LBS are great target programs. I would say that Sloan and HBS are going to be reaches, and hopefully NYU is a safer bet (though it's quite competitive - you might want to add another safety to your list).
You could certainly try for R3 this year... chances are never great in R3, but you have a pretty strong profile, so I think you have a chance. Go for it - what do you have to lose? Can always reapply next year if it doesn't work out this time.
I plan to apply 1-2 schools in round 3. I know that my chances are low but i really should go to school this year since I'm 28 turning 29. I know that adcoms can also be biased against international candidates in third round. I intend to play up my Thai nationality and my crippling nerve disease(which delayed my bschool app process). I know lots of Asian candidates with finance backgrounds apply, but I can differentiate myself as an international student. My math GMAT score is actually lower (73percent) compared to my verbal(88percent) however I did well in my masters in finance. I'm interested in haas but I know it is a small program with one of the lowest admissions rate.