Let me just say that you are smart to reapply to Ross and Tuck is you got interviews the last time around, although I would *highly* recommend using a vetted consultant to help you raise your game on this foray. You also have a very good list of schools that takes advantage of the kind of demographic strategy that we often employ with our clients. I think you can get into several of these schools IF you really articulate the following (this is not unique to you, just the burden all applicants bear):
- Your fit with each program. Really getting deep into it, demonstrating total connection between you/what you care about/what you are good at and what that school values/is good at/cares about.
- Carefully drawn career goals. The equation You + MBA = Short-term career goal has to be there. So does Short-term goals + passions/skills/experiences (past, present, and future) = long-term goals. Well over half of each applicant pool gets wiped out for failing in this regard.
- Articulated b-school themes such as leadership, teamwork, maturity, creativity, intellect, motivation, etc.
If you can perfect your essays, you will be right in the ballgame. I know it's self-serving as a consultant to say so, but there you have it. Good list so far and good luck nailing it!
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