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Hi! I'm hoping you can help me determine if I aiming too high or just right for b-school. Thank you!
Me: 25 years old (26 at matriculation), Indian male but not Indian IT (born in the US) Academics: 3.72 GPA from Cornell University; Major: Chemical Engineering (in top 20%) GMAT: 730 - Q50 (94%) V39 (87%) AWA 5.5
Work Experience: Upon matriculation, I will have 4 years of full time work experience in management consulting for a fairly well regarded firm (not MBB, but in the top 25 of Vault’s top 50 consulting firms). In three years, I have been promoted once, received consistently high reviews, and my salary has increased 50%. I now help manage a few teams of 1-2 junior analysts in the US and in India on multiple small projects (~100 k), and interact daily with clients (primarily sales operations management, and marketing / brand directors of top 50 pharmaceutical companies). My responsibilities include:
- Manage the completion of small projects - Ensure the high quality of key client deliverables - Proactively set-up analysis to address key client questions and concerns - Communicate with clients on the relevant phases of the project - Design and run client meetings, and develop presentations - Oversee the work of junior analysts, and act as an mentor / manager
In addition, I have also designed and facilitated technical (i.e. Excel) training sessions for junior analysts, and have helped screen and interview job applicants.
Recommendations: I will get strong recommendations from supervisors from work (one went to Hass).
Extracurriculars: - Currently a Cornell Peer Mentor; have helped current Cornell students learn about consulting, and have gotten several job interviews at my firm - Treasurer/Secretary and member of executive board of my college fraternity - Worked with a local company in college that converts diesel engines to run on vegetable oil, helped design and implement a new oil filtration system - Senior peer mentor for junior undergraduates in my major at school - Selected as a TA for an upper-level course in my major my senior year of school - Wrote a senior thesis in college (semiconductor research) - Currently involved in local Habitat for Humanity
Overall, I feel my ECs are my weakest credential.
Post-MBA plans: Use my MBA to transition to the client side, want to focus on marketing in school. Right now, I believe a part-time MBA is more my preference.
I do agree that you break out of the "IT Indian male" category. Though strong, I don't think your profile is strong or unusual enough to get into Stanford. Tuck would be a good "reach" school. Given your marketing focus, you could also try Duke, Kellogg, and Michigan. You are probably competitive for Haas part-time, and should have a decent to good chance at UCLA and USC part-time. Your E/Cs are not as weak as you think they are. If I were you, I would do whatever you can in the coming months to ramp up your alumni involvement at Cornell. B-schools like active alums.