Hi Linda and all,
I'm hoping you can give me your opinion of my chances. While it's hard to accurately assess without a full application, here is the profile at least.
I'm looking to get these in by Round 2. My top choice is the Northwestern JD/MBA (but that's besides the point). I am considering 3 more schools out of Yale, Columbia, Chicago, Berkeley. But one thing in the back of the head is whether a dream shot at Harvard or Wharton is even possible (meaning anything higher than a million to 1 shot). Please let me know as best as you can what you think.
28, Asian Male NYC. (not sure if that's a negative though).
3.3 UG GPA, Finance/Marketing Minor: Journalism
GMAT: 690 79%M/89%V - 720 81%M/96%V
(the puzzling part is that I've never scored less than a 98% in any standardized math test in my life except for these two (even practice tests), but taking it a third time would just seem silly)
In Finance for 6 yrs. Large-Sell side corporations. 2.5 yrs, then 4yrs, and now about 6 mos (now VP) My worry is that may be very run of the mill for an applicant, along with my UG majors.
Recs: Nothing overly strong. I would say serviceable ones from former managers.
Activities: UG: various activities, an officer position for one (University Peer Mediation services), was an RA (which helped pay for housing).
Post UG: Volunteer at NYCares for probably 5-6 years now, teach at an SAT program for underprivileged kids, again....run of the mill activities I feel too. Maybe Improv classes, etc.
I wanted to gather your opinion because as I am going through this application process, I feel I may have walked into a situation where my profile looks too traditional. I wouldn't necessarily have founded any organization like some have, I excel at my projects and tasks at work, but obviously have leadership potential, but I tend to be more of a team player type than brash rah-rah leader.
I'd like to start my own business at some point and would be pursuing the entrepreneural aspects on the MBA. Thanks for any input/advice you can give in advance!
I don't see HBS in your future, but your profile is competitive at the other schools (and actualy is also competitive at HBS, but I don't think you have the leadership they want.) The other programs will want leadership too, but they value teamwork more so in my mind an acceptance is more likely form the others.
Your challenge is to distinguish yourself from people with similar backgrounds both personal and professional. On one hand, you will sound very similar to your competition, but if you look at specifics and details, you will be able to distinguish yourself.
I have written alot on this topic over the years: Perhaps you can start with "Being Yourself
You may want to consider the ebook I co-authored [urlhttp://www.accepted.com
/Ecommerce/ebook2.aspx]The Finance Professional's Guide to MBA Admission
[/url]. We deal there with how to distinguish yourself from other finance professionals.
Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools
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