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Joined: 29 Mar 2013
Posts: 35
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V31
GPA: 3.6
WE: Engineering (Real Estate)
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Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 1

Profile Review. [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 10:28
Hi all! I would like all of your inputs as to what I could be doing to make my profile better, and increase my chances of getting accepted to the top B-schools(HBS, Stanford GSB, MIT, Wharton). I am currently enrolled in my final year of my undergrad engineering program in India, and I am applying to the ISB YLP, I plan to apply to other B-schools for the fall 2014 admissions (If I haven't already missed the deadlines). I have my GMAT exam on 26th July 2013. I am hoping to get a decent score of about 700.

Undergrad GPA (Engineering in India): 3.5(till the end of 6th semester, 2 more semesters to go!)
GMAT: 700 (expected)

Internship Experience:
June'11 to August'11: AIESEC development internship to Mauritius (Women Empowerment).
June'13 to December'13: 6 months: Larsen & Toubro Pvt Ltd.

I have worked as a voluntary teacher for teaching elementary maths and english to school children under a community development program.
Received academic scholarship during my first year, and have been in the top 5 of the class.
Extras:
Film and photography
Music
Fine Arts
Horse riding

I don't really have much technical or business experience as of now. But I believe my extras could be a strong part of my profile.
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Intern
Intern
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Joined: 29 Mar 2013
Posts: 35
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V31
GPA: 3.6
WE: Engineering (Real Estate)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 1

Re: Profile Review. [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 00:05
I wish to apply to the HBS 2+2, and i understand that the requirements/expectations from candidates applying for the 2+2 (i.e directly after undergrad) would be different from those required if I apply for the regular full time programs after a certain work-ex period. I'd just like to know what all I could be doing to just make my profile better, for the 2+2, as well as the regular programs.
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Re: Profile Review. [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 13:00
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Hi and thanks for sharing your profile and plans!

It's great that you are planning ahead for the future and have an MBA in your sights. You sound ambitious and determined which will take you far. You can certainly consider applying to programs, either those that have a particular option for undergrads (HBS, ISB, Yale, Stanford) and/or other programs.

I do need to keep things honest and direct though and let you know that your chances at those programs, and other top 5-10 b-schools globally AT THIS POINT IN TIME are fairly slim. First and foremost is the sheer fact that SO MANY apply to all of these programs, and the % of accepted applicants is low. To gain acceptance you truly have to STAND OUT from the crowd in memorable and meaningful ways, and to demonstrate that you know exactly what you want-- you have a clear career plan including shorter and longer term goals, you can make the case for why you need the MBA and why you want to apply NOW, as well as a compelling case for why each particular school is best for you. You also need to convincingly explain what about you is unique and what you'll bring to the class, generally this includes a mixture of character traits and experiences. As an undergrad student, you will have a more limited number of experiences to draw from and no professional experiences, which makes it all the more challenging. Certainly you have some good extracurricular activities, and your volunteering you mentioned is notable, but in terms of what to do to strengthen your application at this point in time, it would mean knocking the GMAT out of the park, coming up with outstanding and compelling application essays touching on the points I have mentioned, and then also keeping in mind that chances are slim and that you may want to try in a couple of years after getting some professional work experience under your belt.

Let us know if you have other specific q's and good luck on your upcoming decisions!
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