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what are my chances [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2004, 07:23
Hello everyone,

I am wondering about my chances of going to HBS. Please let me know what you, guys, think. I am Russian. I have moved to the US 4 years ago when I was 20. I am still an undergrad senior with majors in finance and economics. I study at Simmons College (a small all-women’s school in Boston). Simmons has a pretty good reputation in the area, and I know that Simmons grads have been accepted to Harvard before. My current GPA is 4.00. I plan to apply to HBS in the fall/winter following my graduation to enter Harvard in the fall of 2006. So, I will have just one year of full-time experience.

By the time I graduate in May 2005, my part-time work experience will have consisted of owning and operating a B&B in Boston since 2000. I will have had a part time job as a financial assistant and then as a client portfolio specialist for 2 years (total). I will have had 2 internships (index research intern 6 month, and brokerage intern 5 month) I will also have had some tutoring jobs in Computer science and Economics (6 month each). I have done a lot of Community service work; I am currently a co-president at an Investment club (for 2 years).

I am planning to take GMAT over the summer, and I hope to get 710 or so. I have been practicing this test on and off for two years now, so I am pretty familiar with the GMAT’s format.

I guess what concerns me the most that I have not really had a full-time corporate work experience. And I guess I need some unbiased perspective on what are my chances to get in to HBS in the Fall of 2006. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much. :) N
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I know Simmons well! I was an undergrad in Boston, so I knew some people who went there.

Anyway, ideally you could get some more work experience before you apply. Your experience actually sounds good, but keep in mind that you'll be going up against people who ran big projects and led big teams over several years. You don't necessarily need to wait several years and go and lead big teams, but adcomms may look at your app and think it's a little light on experience. They are taking younger, less experienced people than they were a few years ago, but the more you have some full-time experience to point to, the better your chances will be.

Keep in mind that when you apply you'll only have been working for 6 months at most. You probably won't have much to talk about from your full-time job yet in your apps.

If you're confident that your community service work and involvement at school will give you lots of leadership examples to talk about, then go ahead and try applying next year. If not, though, then I recommend waiting a couple of years.

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Hi Scott,

Thank you very much for your advice. You are absolutely right.
I will try to take GMAT over the summer and then see how it goes.

Best regards, Nadia :)
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