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profile review [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 09:02
White male, 25 years (26 at matriculation)
GMAT 760 (Q50 , V42 , AWA 5.5), GPA 3.48
Undergrad: Chemistry and Economics from Ivy League

Extracurricular Activities:
Varsity Crew (Coach's Award), Athlete Honor Society (Leadership position), Fraternity treasurer
Currently captain of recreational rowing team
CFA Level II Candidate

Current work exp: 2 yrs (3 at matriculation), senior analyst and group leader at investment consulting firm (with good record of sending analysts to top 15 programs and supportive recommenders)

Target Programs: Stanford, Tuck, MIT, HBS, (Kellogg, Booth)

Career Goals: management/strategy consulting or internal strategy position

Questions- are target schools reasonable and what would the spectrum of safety to reach be?
are current extra-cirriculars strong enough?
would chemistry major be overlooked if I'm now working in investment industry?
where would mbaMission most add value for a candidate with this profile?
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Re: profile review [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2012, 04:49
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Hello jrb6730, thanks for your question.

Your GMAT and GPA (from an Ivy) are strong, as is your work experience. I would not be concerned at all about your chemistry major.

In terms of extracurricular activities, what you’ve done more recently has more weight than what you did in college. Your rowing could be an asset to the degree that you speak to the leadership aspects of it.

I also say that an applicant’s quants (GMAT, GPA) open the door at programs, but it’s the essays/experience that gets them admitted. Hence, in terms of value add, I think working with a consultant would help you craft your overall career story, identify the attributes/skills that set you apart, choose the stories that best showcase those aspects, and polish the essays (though no consultant should be writing the essays, of course!). Does that help?

In terms of school selection, I’ve found that there are no sure things in the top 7 programs. I’d add another program or two in the Tuck tier. And, out of curiosity, given your background, why are you omitting Wharton from your targets?

Best of luck,
Brian
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Re: profile review [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 13:00
Thanks for your response Brian! A colleague whose opinion I value said she didn't find the group during an admitted students weekend to be very diverse in terms of past experience or forward goals. They were very diverse in terms of race, gender, and geography, but she didn't feel this resulted in diversity of viewpoints. Obviously this is annecdotal and I would still have to visit myself-- it's a great school and I have heard opposite things from others.
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Re: profile review [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2012, 08:35
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As an Wharton alum, I obviously have a biased viewpoint, but I can say that I had plenty of friends at school who were not on the typical finance or consulting tracks: plenty of folks pursuing media and entertainment (like me), non-profit, real estate, entrepreneurship, general management, tech, fashion & luxury, etc.

But, I think you've got the right attitude: don't just take my word or your friend's word - go out and get more data points and you'll develop your own view, of course!

Best of luck!
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