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Profile Evaluation Request [#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.

Thanks,

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2011, 06:47
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Hello Sidhant, thanks for your question.

How long ago did you apply to those programs: last year or more than that?

When you say that the Tuck counselor said your essays and resume “were of no concern to the adcom,” what did she mean? If she also said she’d like to see a major improvement, that would seem contradictory, right? Am I missing something? Did you receive any other feedback from other programs?

As you know with reapplications, the key is always what have you done and how much have you grown since you last applied. What new experiences can you discuss? How have you evolved as a leader? The onus is on you to demonstrate to the admissions committees that you are a markedly stronger candidate than the last time you applied.

With regard to work experience, focus on how you have truly led: “moments” when you influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative.

In terms of extracurriculars, can you use those to also showcase your leadership skills? It’s not as important that you excelled at sports; I’d rather hear about the teamwork and leadership aspects of those activities. And, your university activities are too far in the past to use in essays, most likely.

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