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Hi Indian national, female 26. Interested in specialization: Marketing. Country of origin and undergraduate education: India. Work experience, graduate degree: USA
Score : 690 (total), 48 (Quant) 35 (Verbal), 6.0 (AWA) Work experience 2-3 years in consumer goods/food+ beverage/nutraceuticals industry (as Tech Manager)- USA; Total 6-7 years experience in research, including internships, part time work etc. (US and India) Education: MS (Food Science GPA 3.29) USA + BS (Biotechnology GPA 3.4) India
Interests and extracurricular (I believe this is my strongest and longest point) : Honor societies (Phi Tau Sigma, Sigma Delta Epsilon, Mensa) Professional Societies (IFT, AACC, ISHS, GWIS) Art Associations (artist/volunteer/member: Art Alliance of Central PA, State College Photo Club, Hodgepodgery, Photo Club PSU) also exhibited, competed and sold in various places over the years (India and USA) Volunteer work (AID- Buffalo Chapter, Nanritam, India) Leadership: Since the age of 14, active participation and team leading in City Newspaper columns (The Statesman, Calcutta); chair of 32 member award winning Product Development team at Penn State (diverse group: ethnically, academic background etc.) Been a Mentor at MentorNet for more than a year.
Passionate about Designing, traveling, functional arts and advertising. Small businesses in any field in any area interest me keenly. Like writing, photography and movies.
Goals Upon graduation: Senior Manager/ Senior Marketing manager Long Term: Start a small Art Business.
Questions: Do you think I am being realistic especially Kellogg/Haas/Stanford/ Insead? Hult was very encouraging and said I have a great background: is it a legit/good standing school? I have not started Haas, Hult or Stanford applications, should I go for other schools instead? What other schools in Marketing/ Market Research should I look at?
I don't believe Stanford is doable. Insead, Haas, and Kellogg will be reaches, but by all means give 2 of them a shot, especially Kellogg (Michigan seems like the better "reach" school than Haas IMO). You should have no trouble at all getting into Smeal or Fisher. I think you can do better than Hult so I would not recommend it to you. Given your marketing goals, you should consider Duke, UCLA, USC, Washington (Olin), Indiana, and Emory. All place substantial percentages of their classes in marketing.
Thanks for your feedback. Besides Hult, I also got emails from business schools of University of Notre Dame and (Leeds) University of Colorado as well as the MMM program from MIT. Do you suggest that I apply to the programs?
Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...