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Joined: 12 Apr 2013
Posts: 28
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V42
GPA: 3.93
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 3

Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 09:58
Hi, and thanks in advance!

Gmat
690 (42Q 42V)
87th percentile
Still waiting for AWA and IR scores

Academics
Overall GPA: 3.93
Major GPA: 4.0
Graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics from Hofstra University in 2010
Have two outstanding academic letters of recommendation, one from the chairman of Hofstra's economics deparment

Achievements/proficiencies/extra-curricular
Provost's list two semesters (Dean's list every other semester)
Graduated summa cum laude
Fluent in Serbo-Croatian
Chairman of Hofstra's economics club where I helped organize several guest lectures and policy debates

Professional experience
Work two part-time jobs
No relevant full-time work experience

Goal: Earn an MBA in finance from a top 20 institution and find employment in business valuations, risk management or financial management. Ultimate goal is to own my own hedge fund.

Target Programs:

Yale
Cornell
Duke
Dartmouth
Northwestern
Virginia
Oxford
INSEAD

[I plan to apply as soon as I get a sense of the relative strength of my application]
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Posts: 382
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Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 0

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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 19:01
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your profile. I'd say the biggest weakness in your profile right now is your lack of full time work experience. Given that you've been out of college for nearly three years, this will not look good to ad coms. As a part-time employee, you've likely not had that much opportunity (relative to your full time colleagues) to demonstrate leadership or make significant impact on your organizations. Further, I don't see any mention of post-college extracurricular/community service activities, which is another gap. Your GMAT score is average -- for top programs, we'd ideally like to see that at the 700+ mark. All in all, I would say you are mostly overreaching with the list below... I'd suggest looking a little lower.

Sorry to be a Debbie-Downer, but I hope this info is helpful to you as you move forward with this process.

Best of luck,
Mili

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Intern
Intern
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Joined: 12 Apr 2013
Posts: 28
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V42
GPA: 3.93
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 3

Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 22:09
Thank you for the response Mili, and this is exactly the type of information I need. I have about a year before now and when I plan to apply. I think fitting some extra-curricular's within this time frame shouldn't be too problematic. That being said, what do you think my chances are at a top 50 program? What If my list looked something like this:

Notre Dame
USC
Penn State
Rice
BYU

Duke
Yale
Cornell

Thanks again in advance!
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2013, 10:23
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I think Duke, Yale Cornell are still reaches, but the others are possibilities. It's difficult to say, but I think you're resetting your expectations more appropriately!

Good luck,
Mili

Mili Mittal
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