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I was planning on applying to MBA programs for admission in Fall 2013 and was hoping you could evaluate my profile based on my stats below:
Background -American born and raised, Pakistani descent, 1st generation college grad, male, 25 years old (26/27 when i apply) - Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin, Electrical Engineering, GPA 3.23 - Graduate: NC State University, Masters in Electrical Engineering, GPA 3.6 (completed concurrently while working full-time) -Languages: Fluent in Urdu, conversational Spanish, can read Arabic - GMAT - 710, AWA - 6.0 (I know you recommend not to retake if its above 700, but should I consider it since I still have 1-1.5 years before I apply?)
Work Experience -Co-ops/internships with Marathon Oil, NASA, and IBM, -3 years with GE Energy as Design Engineer(1st 2 years in their technical leadership development program); -Will have 2 years work experience with a smaller but still fortune 500 engineering company; expect promotion in next 12 months -recently co-founded a company on Islamic Investing - website guiding Muslims to investing in accordance with Islamic principles.
Extracurricular - Spent 3.5 years memorizing entire text of the Holy Quran (in Arabic); teach kids to read Quran -College: UT Solar Vehicle team, middle school kids mentoring program, Muslim Student Association, Basketball competitions -Post College - Team leader at Houston Food Bank, toastmasters, still teach kids to read Quran
Goals Short-term MBA Goals - Finance/strategic role with global energy company (Chevron, Dow, Exxon, etc.) Long term MBA Goal - Start my own global energy solutions company using solar and other non-conventional energy sources; mainly targeting under developed areas
Target Schools 1. Harvard 2. Wharton 3. Booth 4. Kellogg 5. MIT 6. Columbia
With your goals, you should look beyond the top 8 as well, in fact you should probably put more of your attention on schools like Ross, Duke, Darden, Cornell, Yale, NYU and UCLA. From your list, narrow it down to 2-3.
Also, whether you emphasize your religious activities or not is a judgment call on your part -- you probably know the double standard that exists and the negative perceptions people have no matter how liberal or politically correct they are. While folks from other religious backgrounds can get away with more, in your case you would be wise to come across as moderate and secular. _________________
The reason I was primarily looking at the top 5 programs was because the companies/jobs I was looking at primarily only recruited from there. For example Dow only recruits at Harvard, Wharton, and Booth. While Chevron and Exxon recruit from a wide range of schools, they only higher for their top positions from top programs. While I would like to achieve my long term goal, at this point I am still not completely sure its something that I would pursue for certain. So while some of the other programs might be of great benefit for my long term goal, they might limit me in my choices for my short term goal. Do you think my 6 target schools would be a stretch?
As for my religous activites, I understand what you mean. It's unfortunate because I think I have accomplished a lot of unique feats that have allowed me to have a positive influence on the community.
Re: Profile Evaluation Request, Please!
17 Aug 2011, 20:22