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Hi guys! I could really use the expertise and advice from someone here. I am an Indian Production Engineer and graduated from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 2015 (7.65 CGPA).

I've since been working in a family business and have worked in roles varying from sales to marketing, business development and product management.
I've represented my company in exhibitions and conferences internationally.
I have single handedly helped my company save a huge amount of money on the biggest hydro power project of its type in the world.
I have also led the design of a new pricing and initial design format that increased accuracy and decreased client response time from a matter of days to a matter of minutes.

I have a 760 on the GMAT and should have 26 months of experience by Fall 2017. I do not have any community work or extra curriculars but I have played a lot of sports as a hobby (and can play most of them well) which I believe has led to a lot of character development both on and off the field.

Given my lack of community work and relatively low work experience, should I apply to Darden?


Thank you for your profile post. I work with a lot of applicants from family businesses so we can certainly chat about your profile relative to others. While everything looks really good with your profile and you have a great GMAT score, why are you looking to go to school now instead of waiting? You could probably target Darden and submit a strong application, but if you wait a little longer your profile will further strengthen not just for Darden but for others schools that you can reach for as well.

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Hi Scott. Thanks for the reply, your advice is highly appreciated. I am currently looking to go to school in order to change industries. I don't have much satisfaction in the family business (in the manufacturing industry) and want to pivot to the tech industry, something I have a real passion for. Although I can wait for another year if it means making it into better schools, I'd prefer not to if I can get into good schools right now.
How do you think I should explain this along with the lack of any community work or extra curriculars. Do you think I would make a strong application despiite these if I am able to correctly convey the reason for an MBA now, or will it make the adcoms think that I would be a liability when it comes to finding a job.


Thank you for your kind words. I am not too concerned with telling the story because if done right that should not be an issue. You could certainly apply now and have a decent chance at some schools, and if you end up being too early to get into a good school then you can always apply again. Your background and stats are strong though so you should do alright this year at the range you are targeting (Darden). Now I would have to brainstorm with you to answer the extra-curricular part. Feel free to reach out to discuss further more formally.

Good luck!

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Hi guys! I could really use the expertise and advice from someone here. I am an Indian Production Engineer and graduated from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 2015 (7.65 CGPA).
Hi harsh2193, I would say that you can apply to Darden now and see what happens- be sure to be in R2. If you can focus on your concrete results helping save money that will be impressive even with just 2 yrs work. I agree you would present stronger in a year- but worth trying Darden now. There are ways to put community work in best light- maybe your family does some community involvement and you have been a part of that with your work? Do you tutor or help teach kids even informally? We have counselors who are experts at gleaning good community service from what you have done- and even just an hour or two of counseling could be helpful in helping you best position yourself. Here is a link for how to learn more about that:
https://stratusprep.com/admissions/busi ... b-visitor/

I've since been working in a family business and have worked in roles varying from sales to marketing, business development and product management.
I've represented my company in exhibitions and conferences internationally.
I have single handedly helped my company save a huge amount of money on the biggest hydro power project of its type in the world.
I have also led the design of a new pricing and initial design format that increased accuracy and decreased client response time from a matter of days to a matter of minutes.

I have a 760 on the GMAT and should have 26 months of experience by Fall 2017. I do not have any community work or extra curriculars but I have played a lot of sports as a hobby (and can play most of them well) which I believe has led to a lot of character development both on and off the field.

Given my lack of community work and relatively low work experience, should I apply to Darden?

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Hi, thanks for taking the time to give some feedback, here's my profile. Any commentary/advice/etc. would be much appreciated.

About Me:

Caucasian Male
26 (5 years of work experience)
GMAT: 680
GPA: 3.94 (from a mid-tier west coast private school)
Undergrad: Double degrees in Finance and Economics (Summa Cum Laude in both).


Work Experience

Finance (fairly high visibility role) at a large Silicon Valley tech company (think Google, Apple, Facebook). I've also done a stint overseas as well, not sure if this would be beneficial for my application.

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Working as a finance mentor with a non-profit organization to advise startups in developing countries on their books and how to best position themselves financially for potential investment.

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Bump, any feedback you all could give? Thanks

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Why an MBA and Darden specifically?

Also, have you considered retaking the GMAT? Raising that to 700+ would probably help. What was your quant score?

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Why an MBA and Darden specifically?

Also, have you considered retaking the GMAT? Raising that to 700+ would probably help. What was your quant score?



This is largely driven by the prominence they seem to have with consulting, which is a direction I'm currently looking at quite seriously.

My Quant was weak, a 44, but my hope is that with degrees in Finance and Econ and working in Finance, I could talk to the fact that I can clearly do that type of work. It's the abstract math that has always been tough for me. Honestly I studied for months, I know it would help, but I'm not sure much progress could be made on that front.

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Hi, thanks for taking the time to give some feedback, here's my profile. Any commentary/advice/etc. would be much appreciated.

About Me:

Caucasian Male
26 (5 years of work experience)
GMAT: 680
GPA: 3.94 (from a mid-tier west coast private school)
Undergrad: Double degrees in Finance and Economics (Summa Cum Laude in both).


Work Experience

Finance (fairly high visibility role) at a large Silicon Valley tech company (think Google, Apple, Facebook). I've also done a stint overseas as well, not sure if this would be beneficial for my application.

Extracurriculars

Working as a finance mentor with a non-profit organization to advise startups in developing countries on their books and how to best position themselves financially for potential investment.


Dude, I love this profile and think you have the building blocks for a very powerful application. I'd put your chances right now at just south of 50/50.

If your goal is consulting, all I think all you really need to boost your chance of admission solidly above 50% is to tell a compelling story about how this transition is not really a pivot but another point along a consistent life path. I think there are two blog posts on Ivy Admissions Group that you should check out about this

- "Narrative" vs "Brand" - Which is best?

- How to write a compelling MBA admissions essay

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Would really be thankful if you guys can take a look at my profile

Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 700 Q 50 V 34 (Giving the exam again on 13th of next month)
Undergrad 7.29/10 from IIIT Hyderabad (Next to old IITs sorta collage)
12th 93% 10th 88%

Work Ex: 4 years by the time I start my MBA

Currently with Grab Singapore (Backend engineer)
Previously 2 years 2 months at Google India as a Software Engineer
Although this does not count (10 months Research intern with CA during undergrad and Summer intern at Groupon)

Achievements and Extra Curriculars:

1. U14 State level Kabaddi (Represented Odisha)
2. Cultural Head for annual techno cultural fest of Undergrad university [ And also Cultural head for 2 successive years for intra college events]
3. Ed Support volunteer at Make A difference ( ~ 8 months)
4. ACM ICPC two times onsite under 30 ranked team
5. TA for artificial intelligence in Undergrad
6. School(High school and Primary) level certificates for few sports and cultural events


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Hi all,
Would appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance.

• 760 GMAT
• 3.27 GPA (upward trending)
• Undergraduate degree in finance from a large public school in the Southeast US
• First generation college student
• Work experience includes 3 years at a bulge bracket IB as operations analyst – securities processing and trade settlements. Heavy involvement and leadership in various regulatory/strategy projects. Promoted ahead of schedule to senior analyst after 2 years.
• Internships at manufacturing company in both Shanghai and Singapore (operations and market research)
• Extracurriculars: Volunteer tutoring of adult students in subjects ranging from basic literacy to GED prep two hours a week. Social fraternity leadership for 2.5 years in undergrad.
• Goal: management consulting in the financial services industry
• 25-year-old white American male

I am in line for a Leadership Development Program at work next year, which I think would strengthen my application, but my team is wrapping up a large project this month so the time might be right to go ahead and apply this year. Thoughts?

Thanks again.

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Hey, everyone

Would appreciate some feedback. Thank you in advance.

- Russian, white, straight, male, 30 y.o., married
- 730 GMAT (Q49, V40)
- 110 Toefl
- Undergraduate degree in engineering (automobile industry). The best automobile industry university in Russia.
- Former professional athlete, volleyball player. Was a member of Junior National Team Russia. Participated in Universiade 2007 in Bangkok as a member of national team. Europe champion among students and MVP of this championship. Played for a professional team in one of the strongest leagues in the world.
My other work experience includes creating 2 successful cosmetics stores in Moscow (active), creating an online cosmetics store(active) and creating a store and a hair salon in one place (unique approach in that town, now sold). I am also a partner in a big (55 stores) cosmetics stores network in Moscow. Got my first salary when was 13 and since then I am working constantly.
- Extracurriculars include volleyball non-profit projects. Participated in development of the amateur volleyball league. Gave volleyball lessons to kids and orphants.
- Goal: Creative marketing position in fashion & beauty industry.
- Speak 3 languages apart from my native Russian
- Hobby - Fashion photography. Just returned from Hong Kong where we were shooting models outdoors.

My main weakness is my very low GPA. It is as low as 2.44 (but I will check it once more. I pray for a calculating mistake). At the time I studied in university I was playing for the club and for the national team. I chose engineering while my sports colleagues all chose sports universities. And I also had some issues preventing me from getting top marks. However I worked hard on my diploma project and was awarded a prize as my project got into TOP100 diplomas that year. Will definitely write an optional essay for that.

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Would appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance.

• 760 GMAT
• 3.27 GPA (upward trending)
• Undergraduate degree in finance from a large public school in the Southeast US
• First generation college student
• Work experience includes 3 years at a bulge bracket IB as operations analyst – securities processing and trade settlements. Heavy involvement and leadership in various regulatory/strategy projects. Promoted ahead of schedule to senior analyst after 2 years.
• Internships at manufacturing company in both Shanghai and Singapore (operations and market research)
• Extracurriculars: Volunteer tutoring of adult students in subjects ranging from basic literacy to GED prep two hours a week. Social fraternity leadership for 2.5 years in undergrad.
• Goal: management consulting in the financial services industry
• 25-year-old white American male

I am in line for a Leadership Development Program at work next year, which I think would strengthen my application, but my team is wrapping up a large project this month so the time might be right to go ahead and apply this year. Thoughts?

Thanks again.


Dude,
You have a great profile! 3 years in IB at a bulge-bracket bank, stellar GMAT, solid volunteer work. Would be cool if you did end up getting into that Leadership Development Program as well.

Only the GPA is a slight blip, but it's not thaaaaaat low and with your GMAT I feel like you more than covered that.

Basically, you are competitive in Top 10 programs, and Darden for sure, so just make your best application and roll with it...

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Would appreciate some feedback. Thank you in advance.

- Russian, white, straight, male, 30 y.o., married
- 730 GMAT (Q49, V40)
- 110 Toefl
- Undergraduate degree in engineering (automobile industry). The best automobile industry university in Russia.
- Former professional athlete, volleyball player. Was a member of Junior National Team Russia. Participated in Universiade 2007 in Bangkok as a member of national team. Europe champion among students and MVP of this championship. Played for a professional team in one of the strongest leagues in the world.
My other work experience includes creating 2 successful cosmetics stores in Moscow (active), creating an online cosmetics store(active) and creating a store and a hair salon in one place (unique approach in that town, now sold). I am also a partner in a big (55 stores) cosmetics stores network in Moscow. Got my first salary when was 13 and since then I am working constantly.
- Extracurriculars include volleyball non-profit projects. Participated in development of the amateur volleyball league. Gave volleyball lessons to kids and orphants.
- Goal: Creative marketing position in fashion & beauty industry.
- Speak 3 languages apart from my native Russian
- Hobby - Fashion photography. Just returned from Hong Kong where we were shooting models outdoors.

My main weakness is my very low GPA. It is as low as 2.44 (but I will check it once more. I pray for a calculating mistake). At the time I studied in university I was playing for the club and for the national team. I chose engineering while my sports colleagues all chose sports universities. And I also had some issues preventing me from getting top marks. However I worked hard on my diploma project and was awarded a prize as my project got into TOP100 diplomas that year. Will definitely write an optional essay for that.


I’d rate your chances as really good, even despite the low GPA, as your GMAT score (for your applicant pool) makes up for it. So I would not worry too much, but admission is still dependent on your essay of course so make sure you give it your all, as the essay can really make or break your application as I am sure you know.

(Here’s some further reading that might be helpful: https://aringo.com/darden-business-school-mba/ and https://aringo.com/darden-mba-essay-examples/ although the essay question is different this year, see: https://aringo.com/duke-and-darden-deadlines-and-essay-questions/)

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Hi all,
Would appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance.

• 760 GMAT
• 3.27 GPA (upward trending)
• Undergraduate degree in finance from a large public school in the Southeast US
• First generation college student
• Work experience includes 3 years at a bulge bracket IB as operations analyst – securities processing and trade settlements. Heavy involvement and leadership in various regulatory/strategy projects. Promoted ahead of schedule to senior analyst after 2 years.
• Internships at manufacturing company in both Shanghai and Singapore (operations and market research)
• Extracurriculars: Volunteer tutoring of adult students in subjects ranging from basic literacy to GED prep two hours a week. Social fraternity leadership for 2.5 years in undergrad.
• Goal: management consulting in the financial services industry
• 25-year-old white American male

I am in line for a Leadership Development Program at work next year, which I think would strengthen my application, but my team is wrapping up a large project this month so the time might be right to go ahead and apply this year. Thoughts?

Thanks again.


Looks great in general, the work experience is not your strong suit so that Leadership Development Program could make a difference in your case. That said, I do think you could apply this year already as your profile now could get you in with the right essay etc. So focus on that this year (you can sign up for a free consultation with ARINGO here if you are interested in professional help with that part: https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/) and in the worst case, you can always reapply next year as that program is a sufficient enough reason for a reapplication in my opinion.

Good luck!
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Would really be thankful if you guys can take a look at my profile

Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 700 Q 50 V 34 (Giving the exam again on 13th of next month)
Undergrad 7.29/10 from IIIT Hyderabad (Next to old IITs sorta collage)
12th 93% 10th 88%

Work Ex: 4 years by the time I start my MBA

Currently with Grab Singapore (Backend engineer)
Previously 2 years 2 months at Google India as a Software Engineer
Although this does not count (10 months Research intern with CA during undergrad and Summer intern at Groupon)

Achievements and Extra Curriculars:

1. U14 State level Kabaddi (Represented Odisha)
2. Cultural Head for annual techno cultural fest of Undergrad university [ And also Cultural head for 2 successive years for intra college events]
3. Ed Support volunteer at Make A difference ( ~ 8 months)
4. ACM ICPC two times onsite under 30 ranked team
5. TA for artificial intelligence in Undergrad
6. School(High school and Primary) level certificates for few sports and cultural events


Any suggestions or any idea about the chances?


This profile looks a bit borderline at the moment to be honest, but a slightly higher GMAT score as well as a good answer to the following questions:
What is your post-MBA goal?
Why Darden?
Could make a big difference. So if you want, feel free to write a bit about that either here in this thread or directly to ARINGO here: https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/, depending on what you prefer.

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Would really be thankful if you guys can take a look at my profile

Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 700 Q 50 V 34 (Giving the exam again on 13th of next month)
Undergrad 7.29/10 from IIIT Hyderabad (Next to old IITs sorta collage)
12th 93% 10th 88%

Work Ex: 4 years by the time I start my MBA

Currently with Grab Singapore (Backend engineer)
Previously 2 years 2 months at Google India as a Software Engineer
Although this does not count (10 months Research intern with CA during undergrad and Summer intern at Groupon)

Achievements and Extra Curriculars:

1. U14 State level Kabaddi (Represented Odisha)
2. Cultural Head for annual techno cultural fest of Undergrad university [ And also Cultural head for 2 successive years for intra college events]
3. Ed Support volunteer at Make A difference ( ~ 8 months)
4. ACM ICPC two times onsite under 30 ranked team
5. TA for artificial intelligence in Undergrad
6. School(High school and Primary) level certificates for few sports and cultural events


Any suggestions or any idea about the chances?


Well, first before we get into chances, a piece of advice: As a software engineer, and a male one to boot, from India, you are always gonna have a challenging time. Obviously, you can get a higher GMAT and that will help. But still it's not enough. Right now what I see here in what you have written is someone who SEES himself as an engineer. An engineer who thinks he will geta better job by going to B-school. Now maybe that's true, but that's not the story that will get you your best admission. You need to re-conceive of your profile as a BUSINESSMAN and LEADER Otherwise, your application is doomed to the limbo of the thousands of other exactly the same Indian applications. Even if you had a 770 and even though you are an IIT grad.


You need to give your profile depth and breadth and make a killer application.

Now on to your profile evaluation. To be honest I really need more info from you esp. about your work experience, but with a 700, I would say you are good for the 15-30 range about. if you can crank it above a 720/730 then I would readjust that to 10-20 ranked schools approximately.

I hope this helps!
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Hey, everyone

Would appreciate some feedback. Thank you in advance.

- Russian, white, straight, male, 30 y.o., married
- 730 GMAT (Q49, V40)
- 110 Toefl
- Undergraduate degree in engineering (automobile industry). The best automobile industry university in Russia.
- Former professional athlete, volleyball player. Was a member of Junior National Team Russia. Participated in Universiade 2007 in Bangkok as a member of national team. Europe champion among students and MVP of this championship. Played for a professional team in one of the strongest leagues in the world.
My other work experience includes creating 2 successful cosmetics stores in Moscow (active), creating an online cosmetics store(active) and creating a store and a hair salon in one place (unique approach in that town, now sold). I am also a partner in a big (55 stores) cosmetics stores network in Moscow. Got my first salary when was 13 and since then I am working constantly.
- Extracurriculars include volleyball non-profit projects. Participated in development of the amateur volleyball league. Gave volleyball lessons to kids and orphants.
- Goal: Creative marketing position in fashion & beauty industry.
- Speak 3 languages apart from my native Russian
- Hobby - Fashion photography. Just returned from Hong Kong where we were shooting models outdoors.

My main weakness is my very low GPA. It is as low as 2.44 (but I will check it once more. I pray for a calculating mistake). At the time I studied in university I was playing for the club and for the national team. I chose engineering while my sports colleagues all chose sports universities. And I also had some issues preventing me from getting top marks. However I worked hard on my diploma project and was awarded a prize as my project got into TOP100 diplomas that year. Will definitely write an optional essay for that.


Hey there!
So, yes your GPA is mighty low.... But is it really that low? What I mean is that the schools don't usually ask you for a GPA equivalent, but look at your grades among your own education system. And I know that Russia grades much tougher than the US. Do you know your ranking? Your percentile? Anyhow, there's a bit of room to maneuver here. Although a 2.44 is very very low.

But otherwise, things look mighty good.
You're Russian (it's a plus)
You have great test scores
You have a successful entrepreneurial background
You speak four languages.

Plus with your cosmetics business, you will likely be telling them a unique story.

You just need to find the right way to frame it and to boost your profile.

I would be curious to see what we can do with that GPA, but otherwise, I would say Top 20 schools should be within range, with Top 10 being a bit tough and Top5 being extremely tough.

Anyhow, I hope this helps!

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JF

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My profile is as follows-

Background and nationality-Female civil Structural Engineer worked in the Energy Sector and Indian

Undergrad Information- B.E (Civil) (Tier-1 college) (GPA-4) (first with distinction)

GMAT: 700 (Q49, V36, IR7)

Work experience and leadership-8 years-worked as deputy lead of the team of about 30

Community and others-Involved in the global initiative to improve diversity at work place, emancipation of women and children in various corporate social initiatives, worked as volunteer for several community building activities in India and the US

Post MBA goals-Consulting

Hope of making a long lasting impact in the world.

My goal is to be an inspiration for the generations to come and make the MBA a vehicle for doing good.

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Hi all! I would really like some insights about my profile:

- Male, brazilian, 32 yo
- Undergraduate in Business at a Top 3 brazilian school (plenty of alumni accepted by Top Business Schools)
- GPA: 2.6 (horrible, and no good reason)
- GMAT: 740
- CFA Level I

Work Experience:

- Capital Markets (Structured Finance) at a top local boutique (Real Estate focused)
* 4 years
* 3 promotions (from intern to Senior Analyst)
* Leading analyst in 8 projects (3 of them were really big ones)

- Capital Markets (Structured Finance) at a Start-Up (as a junior associate)
* 1 year
* Didn´t go well specially because of brazilian economic conditions at the time

- Capital Markets (Structured Finance) at a new boutique (Agribusiness focused)
* Junior Associate
* 2 years (until now)
* Company growing very fast
* Leading analyst of 4 projects

Extracurriculars:
* Writer at a blog focused on Political Education (8 articles published)
* 1 year working at a NGO focused on children education (led 2 new projects)

International Experience:
* 4 months working as a Sales Person at a clothing store in Las Vegas, US (during college vacation)
* 3 weeks studying spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina
* 2 weeks working ad a NGO (a organic farm) in Cape Town,South Africa

Other:
* Fluent spanish
* Short Course (graduate level) in Applied Statitics (at a top local college) - Final Grade: A
* HBx Core: Pass with High Honours

Post MBA objective:
* Investment Banking

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Hi all! I would really like some insights about my profile:

- Male, brazilian, 32 yo
- Undergraduate in Business at a Top 3 brazilian school (plenty of alumni accepted by Top Business Schools)
- GPA: 2.6 (horrible, and no good reason)
- GMAT: 740
- CFA Level I

Work Experience:

- Capital Markets (Structured Finance) at a top local boutique (Real Estate focused)
* 4 years
* 3 promotions (from intern to Senior Analyst)
* Leading analyst in 8 projects (3 of them were really big ones)

- Capital Markets (Structured Finance) at a Start-Up (as a junior associate)
* 1 year
* Didn´t go well specially because of brazilian economic conditions at the time

- Capital Markets (Structured Finance) at a new boutique (Agribusiness focused)
* Junior Associate
* 2 years (until now)
* Company growing very fast
* Leading analyst of 4 projects

Extracurriculars:
* Writer at a blog focused on Political Education (8 articles published)
* 1 year working at a NGO focused on children education (led 2 new projects)

International Experience:
* 4 months working as a Sales Person at a clothing store in Las Vegas, US (during college vacation)
* 3 weeks studying spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina
* 2 weeks working ad a NGO (a organic farm) in Cape Town,South Africa

Other:
* Fluent spanish
* Short Course (graduate level) in Applied Statitics (at a top local college) - Final Grade: A
* HBx Core: Pass with High Honours

Post MBA objective:
* Investment Banking


So that GPA is an issue, of course, but I guess you already knew that. But your GMAT does make up for it to some extent and your work experience as well as your extra curriculars are impressive so I would say you have a pretty good shot at Darden. Is there any particular reason you have chosen Darden in particular? If so, make sure you mention that and try to show “fit” with the school in your essay somehow, even though that is not so easy, given the new essay question for Darden (see it here: https://aringo.com/duke-and-darden-deadlines-and-essay-questions/), as that will help your case as well.

Good luck!

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My profile is as follows-

Background and nationality-Female civil Structural Engineer worked in the Energy Sector and Indian

Undergrad Information- B.E (Civil) (Tier-1 college) (GPA-4) (first with distinction)

GMAT: 700 (Q49, V36, IR7)

Work experience and leadership-8 years-worked as deputy lead of the team of about 30

Community and others-Involved in the global initiative to improve diversity at work place, emancipation of women and children in various corporate social initiatives, worked as volunteer for several community building activities in India and the US

Post MBA goals-Consulting

Hope of making a long lasting impact in the world.

My goal is to be an inspiration for the generations to come and make the MBA a vehicle for doing good.

Thanks


"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."


Looks promising enough but I am missing some distinguishing factor here, especially since you are an Indian applicant that would really be helpful. Only you can figure out if there is anything unique about you that you could focus on in your essay, but this list may be helpful when it comes to figuring out distinguishing features: https://aringo.com/mba-admission-drivers/

But all in all, I would call your profile solid, it just needs that “secret sauce” for me to feel a bit more confident in your chances of admission.

Good luck!

JL
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