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To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2009, 18:59
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Re: To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2009, 12:06
Blayze,

Main Question: What are my chances of getting in based on what I've described
I would not discourage you from applying to H/S/W; you have a shot at these schools (higher at Wharton, lowest at Stanford). I would describe H and S as credible longshots for you, and Wharton as a competitive school for you.

Secondary Question: Have I adequately distinguished myself from the "asian finance pool" thru my application angle? If not, what other suggestions would you make?
The fact that you are Canadian and Vietnamese and have experience outside traditional IB finance does sufficiently remove you from the "Asian finance" pool, yes. You will stand out.

Other Questions:
-The top schools (led by HBS) are recruiting younger nowadays (I have 23-24 year old friends who have been recently admitted), will my age hurt me (27 in Sept 2010)?
No, 27 is still "young enough." If you were,say, 29 it would be different.

-Does the ethnicity/geography card actually help? Is there any way I can play this to my advantage?
Yes, it most certainly does help, particularly for nationalities (like Vietnam) that are not well represented in top B-schools. Yes, there are many ways to play it to your advantage. That's what I would help you do if you were my client.

-Is round 1 the best time to apply?
Yes. You can apply to the schools you feel most confident about in the second round if necessary.

-What is the GMAT "threshold" for h/s/w? 700 seems to be the rule of thumb but is it higher in the case of these schools?
700 is good enough. If you can get in the 740 or higher zone it can help you stand out even more.

-Will my Gpa hurt me? (7.6/9), translates to A- according to our letter system
No, it's fine.

-How important is title/status of recommender (ie: will it help significantly if I get the founder/CEO of our corporation as a recommender?)
No, in fact it would hurt you if he doesn't know you well. Get letters from direct supervisors.

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Re: To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2009, 16:11
Thank you for the feedback Paul. I was particularly interested in your answer to my main question. I just have a few follow-up questions based on your responses:

1) You mentioned H and S as "credible longshots" whereas I would be "competitive" at Wharton. Just curious about what your basis was for making this determination? What is the fundamental diff between the former and the latter with respect to my application that makes me more of a longshot at H&S vs W? What would you perceive as the weaknesses in my profile that make H/S stretches for me and what will be the main challenge in addressing this thru my applications?

2) With regards to the entrepreneurship aspirations I described in my original post, do you think this goal is "overplayed" or is this a strong angle to take with regards to positioning my goals and reasons for the MBA?

3) Outside of H/S/W, which would schools would you personally rank as the next three in terms of overall brand reputation (I know this is incredibly subjective).

Thanks again for your time.
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Re: To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2009, 15:37
Paul,

Not sure if you have been online since your last response, but I would really appreciate your feedback to the follow up questions above (especially the first question).

Thanks for your time.
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Re: To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2009, 15:39
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Blayze wrote:
Thank you for the feedback Paul. I was particularly interested in your answer to my main question. I just have a few follow-up questions based on your responses:

1) You mentioned H and S as "credible longshots" whereas I would be "competitive" at Wharton. Just curious about what your basis was for making this determination? What is the fundamental diff between the former and the latter with respect to my application that makes me more of a longshot at H&S vs W? What would you perceive as the weaknesses in my profile that make H/S stretches for me and what will be the main challenge in addressing this thru my applications?

2) With regards to the entrepreneurship aspirations I described in my original post, do you think this goal is "overplayed" or is this a strong angle to take with regards to positioning my goals and reasons for the MBA?

3) Outside of H/S/W, which would schools would you personally rank as the next three in terms of overall brand reputation (I know this is incredibly subjective).

Thanks again for your time.


Paul is on vacation so I am going to answer for him and hope he agrees with me.

1) Statistically, Whartonhas traditionally had the highest acceptance rate of these 3 programs.
2) I think it is a good approach. It makes sense, is distinctive, and has an aura of authenticity to it. don't be overly calculating about "angles" and "positioning." You don't want to come across as canned and calculated, but thoughtful and sincere.
3) This is incredibly subjective, but considering your entrepreneurial goals and the other background information you provided, I would suggest you look into MIT, Haas, and Chicago.

Best,
Linda
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Re: To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2009, 17:55
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Blayze wrote:
Thank you for the feedback Paul. I was particularly interested in your answer to my main question. I just have a few follow-up questions based on your responses:

1) You mentioned H and S as "credible longshots" whereas I would be "competitive" at Wharton. Just curious about what your basis was for making this determination? What is the fundamental diff between the former and the latter with respect to my application that makes me more of a longshot at H&S vs W? What would you perceive as the weaknesses in my profile that make H/S stretches for me and what will be the main challenge in addressing this thru my applications?

2) With regards to the entrepreneurship aspirations I described in my original post, do you think this goal is "overplayed" or is this a strong angle to take with regards to positioning my goals and reasons for the MBA?

3) Outside of H/S/W, which would schools would you personally rank as the next three in terms of overall brand reputation (I know this is incredibly subjective).

Thanks again for your time.


Paul is on vacation so I am going to answer for him and hope he agrees with me.

1) Statistically, Whartonhas traditionally had the highest acceptance rate of these 3 programs.
2) I think it is a good approach. It makes sense, is distinctive, and has an aura of authenticity to it. don't be overly calculating about "angles" and "positioning." You don't want to come across as canned and calculated, but thoughtful and sincere.
3) This is incredibly subjective, but considering your entrepreneurial goals and the other background information you provided, I would suggest you look into MIT, Haas, and Chicago.

Best,
Linda



Thanks for your feedback Linda. I must say, outside of Chicago, I was surprised by your choice of "backup" schools... I was expecting Columbia, Kellogg, Tuck... the usual suspects.
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Re: To Paul/Linda [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2009, 15:49
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Blayze wrote:
Thank you for the feedback Paul. I was particularly interested in your answer to my main question. I just have a few follow-up questions based on your responses:

1) You mentioned H and S as "credible longshots" whereas I would be "competitive" at Wharton. Just curious about what your basis was for making this determination? What is the fundamental diff between the former and the latter with respect to my application that makes me more of a longshot at H&S vs W? What would you perceive as the weaknesses in my profile that make H/S stretches for me and what will be the main challenge in addressing this thru my applications?

2) With regards to the entrepreneurship aspirations I described in my original post, do you think this goal is "overplayed" or is this a strong angle to take with regards to positioning my goals and reasons for the MBA?

3) Outside of H/S/W, which would schools would you personally rank as the next three in terms of overall brand reputation (I know this is incredibly subjective).

Thanks again for your time.


Paul is on vacation so I am going to answer for him and hope he agrees with me.

1) Statistically, Whartonhas traditionally had the highest acceptance rate of these 3 programs.
2) I think it is a good approach. It makes sense, is distinctive, and has an aura of authenticity to it. don't be overly calculating about "angles" and "positioning." You don't want to come across as canned and calculated, but thoughtful and sincere.
3) This is incredibly subjective, but considering your entrepreneurial goals and the other background information you provided, I would suggest you look into MIT, Haas, and Chicago.

Best,
Linda



Thanks for your feedback Linda. I must say, outside of Chicago, I was surprised by your choice of "backup" schools... I was expecting Columbia, Kellogg, Tuck... the usual suspects.


I almost wrote Tuck:-) because of its ties to PE, and you can't go wrong with Columbiaand Kellogg, but based on your goals and background I thought that these 3 would help support your goals, especially the entrepreneurial aspects.

Best,
Linda
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