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Senior Manager
Senior Manager
Joined: 15 May 2011
Posts: 280
Location: Costa Rica
Concentration: Healthcare, International Business
GMAT 1: 710 Q42 V45
GMAT 2: 740 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.3
WE: Research (Consulting)
Followers: 18

Kudos [?]: 136 [0], given: 134

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New post 15 Aug 2011, 01:29
Appreciate your help in taking the time out to review my profile. Here's my information:

Personal Background: Born in India, speak English as a first language, Hindi fluently, may take Spanish courses soon (more that below under W/E)

University of Windsor, Canada
Graduated fall 2007, B.Sc. Biology (focus: Biotechnology), Minor 1: Economics, Minor 2: Chemistry

GPA: Canadian GPA out of 13; UPenn website gave roughly 3.0 cumulative, 3.2 Major. A professor at Michigan once told me that a lot of American universities make lee-way for the fact that Canadian GPA's are generally lower, I'm not sure how true that is.

GMAT history: Please view scores on the left under my name, quick summary: 640 (M42, V36), 640 (M40, V38), 710 (M42, V45). AWA - 6 consistently. Most significant hurdle for me. I'm almost certainly going to write a 4th time to pull up the math score, get a tutor this time; Duke faculty member has recommended I do the same (what do you say?)

Age: 26 (might be applying for 2013 not 2012, so will be 28 upon entering B-school)

- Part-time Teachers Assistant in 4th year univeristy (Anatomy, Cellular Biology)
- Fulltime (4.5 years by 2012 fall):
- First ~2 years: Client servicing role in India, with British company Bates David (Account Executive), promoted in 9 months and joined second french company (Publicis Ambience) as Senior Account Executive.
- 1.5 years as of August 2011: Mckinsey & Company - US Healthcare Systems Research Analyst (promoted from Junior RA to RA in 15 months). Now here's my catch, my US team has offered to send me to Costa Rica for a year beginning December 2011, where we are setting up another low cost center and hiring people for the US Healthcare RA role. I would be going there as an unnofficial "mentor" and team lead (I can't get the official designation as I'm still too junior, but my senior has agreed to support this claim when I apply to B-school, I have been honest with the team about my apps). They had one condition, if I accept the Costa Rica stint I will have to defer my B-school apps to 2013 fall (by which time I will have 6+ years work exp total). I have agree to this and will get details soon. I will also have significant experience with consulting teams as I work with them very closely on client projects, and am going to Washington for 2 months to work directly with a client on a consulting team.
- Leadership roles:
In my second advertising job as a senior account exec, I managed several trainees under me.
Mckinsey RA role - mentoring a colleague here in New Delhi, after Costa Rica goes through I will have significant managerial experience, but not the official designation (I don't know whether the team will consider me for an earlier promotion but its unlikely due to my lack of tenure).

I rank poorly here. I have taken part in a few chess tournaments, but no awards.
Writing: Received Mckinsey India's annual award for best blog this year, also trying to publish an article in a local monthyl magazine on US Healthcare reforms etc. I love to write on the side.
Community services: Part of organization committee for Mckinsey's Rotary Club Blood Donation camps, participated in Mckinsey's Social Olympics program, idea was shortlisted but not finalized. Trying to get more involved but waiting for Costa Rica to come through.

Short term: Consulting role in healthcare domain OR join a large US health insurer as in corporate strategy division.
Long term: still need to work on this; tentative - come back to India down the line and leverage ideas from what American healthcare to better our healthcare system.

This is a tentative list, I want to go for US dual MBA/Masters in Public Health (MPH) degrees so I have an employment edge in one of the few sectors doing well in the US economy: healthcare. I don't know if this is too ambitious.
Top Choices with dual offerings (OR healthcare focus): Berkeley Haas, Duke Fuqua, Ross Michigan, ENSEAD
2nd options: but still would love to attend: Carnegie (Tepper), Indian School of Business, Vanderbilt Owen
Backups: UNC Kennan, still need to check China/Singapore options.

Note, Wharton/Columbia/Harvard all offer dual MBA/MPH, but I outright feel these are out of my league and a waste of time. A distant family friend who is a professor at Duke, mentioned that I should include these if I rewrite GMAT a 4th time and pull up my Quant score.

Any advice you have on what my chances are, what schools I should be considering, what I should do in the coming 2 years, would be invaluable. Thank you so much. Also, I'm not aware of any of Veritas admission consulting offices in New Delhi, can you please let me know if there are any? Google showed nothing. Thank you!

How to improve your RC score, pls Kudo if helpful!
Work experience (as of June 2012)
2.5 yrs (Currently employed) - Mckinsey & Co. (US Healthcare Analyst)
2 yrs - Advertising industry (client servicing)

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New post 19 Aug 2011, 15:27
Thanks for all the detail. You have a great story to tell and I think you definitely should rack up another year with a great firm like McKinsey, especially if it's in a more responsible role/project that is all remote international. What a great opportunity and can be a real differentiator with the adcoms. 710 is good, maybe good enough, but if your UG quant classes don't impress and you think you can get higher math, you should. Veritas has a GMAT prep presence in India, but our Admissions consulting services are all done over the web, so if you need help just let us know. As for your EC, you now have an extra year to bulk it up, and you should be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities in Costa Rica to impact the local community. You have a real advantage of knowing before you go to research and seek out ways to get involved outside work. Even better if what you can do ties into something in your past on the service side, so it looks more like a passion and not like you trying to garner resume fodder for b-school applications. I would keep top 5 schools on you radar and agree that they are within reach assuming you do interesting and impressive things on this international assignment. Best to you!

Bryant Michaels
Admissions Consultant

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