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New post 09 Nov 2019, 14:45
Hi Sid5050,

Thank you for your post and for sharing our background. From what you've included in this post, you have a compelling background to be competitive for Booth. That said, the very little detail you've provided is insufficient to evaluate your chances adequately. Aside from requiring a strong qualitative case (represented in the various forms of narratives included in your application), I recommend retaking the GMAT and increase your overall score, so you are competitive in your demographic.

Thank you again for sharing your post, and let us know if we can help you in the admissions process.


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Hi Experts,

Request you to please review my profile.

Background:
Indian Male
Age 27
GMAT 720 (Q50, V38)
Industry: Strategy Manager in a SoftBank funded multi-billion dollar startup

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi (CGPA – 7.0)

Work Experience:
Total 5 years (4 years in India, 1 year in SE Asia)

Worked for over 2 years in a social sector consulting startup and 1 year in an election campaign strategy firm (a SuperPAC). Worked for 1 year as a management consultant with top tier organisation consulting firm. Working in a strategy role for a high growth internationally well known startup based out of SE Asia.

Extra curriculars – Won international competitions and worked on two international projects in Europe. Worked as Coordinator in various campus festivals and a student association club.

Post MBA Goal – Strategy Consulting or Strategy role in industry

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Hi,

Please, if you can, evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program

Nationality: Indian
Age: 29
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in technology with specialisation in computer science engineering.
GMAT: not taken yet
Work experience: 6+ years
About me - An engineer turned entrepreneur, started a textiles manufacturing and trading business, while studying, with my father (as his prior experience and willingness to work in the same industry he's ever been). Completed my engineering side-by-side. Then left for job, but kept involved in business somehow of the location benefits as my manufacturing process used to take place in the same city I got a job in. Then moved back for business, leaving my job. Since then, been in business and have turned quite a lot of things around for us, and for the market in a good way.
key achievements --
Turned everything from credit to cash.
Took things online,
and added a customer-centric approach.

All these things and ideas were new for the market and my customers, but now productivity has increased for both.
I think entrepreneurship is a good idea for my MBA, but not sure if it’s a good idea in case I want to experience something different like a job maybe for some time. Also, I am so much involved into everything I do, I don't want myself to not make use of my 2 years at an MBA program, so I am a little cautious of schools where I may not find the right mindset of people whom I can be with.

Why MBA?
I have some ideas related to my field which I think can really help and change the way things are done. I want to incorporate tech into small scale manufacturing, and I don't mean just computers. I am looking for a school where I can get some tech exposure along with my MBA, as I may need to take 1-2 tech courses along with an MBA.

Extracurriculars: I am an active sports guy. I play tennis, have coaching experience of swimming (summers only :P) have formed 2 groups in my city -- running and cycling, started with 2 people now each group has around 500+ participants, 60% of them are moderately active, 80% are somewhat active.
I trek a lot and have taken most treks closer to my place, as I work 7 days so it's hard to take an off as treks need a lot of days, but I manage that somehow by minimizing risk.
I am a cyclist, too. you'll find me cycling in the hills, if not trekking.
I have taken part in brevet, 200 km one.
I am a part of the national cycling group and I represent my city for the group.
Also, I am a participant of a blood donation group, we provide blood to blood banks and the ones in need, in person, too. we don't charge for it, it's a free community service for anyone in need. we are presently handling 3 states and the group has around 5000 members, most of them are active. It's run by the people for the people, but then there are too many things to do.

References: From clients to these groups, I can ask anyone to recommend me, but I think it makes more sense if I ask my clients or business people.

shall I apply?
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GMAT - 730
Undergrad - B.Tech in Biotechnology (major) and Computer Science (Minor) (Undergrad) from IIT Guwahati (Top 10 in India)
GPA - 8.6/10 (Top 15% in my class)
Background - Indian - non IT Male
Total Work Ex - 5.5 years (~1 Year in IT consulting and ~4.5 years in consumer tech startups)

Brief Summary

During my 2 month B.Tech internship at University of Strasbourg - France, I published a research paper on HIV in International Journal of Virology. I have spent almost 3.5 years in a early stage start-up , where I was the first Data Analyst to be hired and went on to lead the Analytics team as Associate Director - Data Analytics. I was also working on Central Growth strategy and helping the CEOs office in raising a $50 Million Series D funding. I am currently working in a mid stage startup as a Sr Manager in Strategic Business Planning Team, scaling and commercialising the Commercial Interior Design vertical and refining the Annual Operating Plan for the entire organisation. I have also worked with an IT MnC in India for about a year as a Validation Consultant for the Regulatory Domain in the Medical Devices Vertical where I was helping the clients as well as internal teams to create products compliant with the FDA rules. I have done volunteering work with an NGO for 2 months, during which I trained the students from Primary Government School to participate in city level competitions where the children secured top positions. I have also taken a few online courses on Data Science and a executive course on Project Management from IIMB, one of the top B schools in India. I can get recommendations from the Founders/CXOs in the startups which I have worked. My short term MBA goal is to get into a startup and contribute in a larger capacity or join a corporate strategy team of a big organisation. Long term goal is to start a business on my own.
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Hello Everyone,

Would be really grateful if someone could judge my profile for Booth's deferred admission program

Nationality: Indian
College: BITS Pilani (Top 10 in India)
Grade: 8.34/10.00
Past Scores: Xth 95.33% (School Topper), XIIth 85.69%
GMAT: Yet to be taken but expecting 680-710
Summer Internships: Investment Banking Analyst (Middle Office) at JP Morgan, Mid Sized Market Research Firm, Mid Sized Social Consulting Firm, Startup
Positions of Responsibility: Founder and President of the consulting club
Extracurriculars: Won 2 Case Study Competitions at IIT Bombay and BITS Pilani, 100k+ views of Quora, On boarded clients for live projects, Junior Journalist with Times of India

I am crystal clear about my short term and long term goals; Would like to consider strategy consulting in the short term while switch to private equity or my own startup in the long term.

Looking forward to constuctive criticism.
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Hello Everyone,

Would be really grateful if someone could judge my profile for Booth's deferred admission program

Nationality: Indian
College: BITS Pilani
Grade: 8.34/10.00
Past Scores: Xth 95.33% (School Topper), XIIth 85.69%
GMAT: Yet to be taken but expecting 680-710
Summer Internships: Investment Banking Analyst (Middle Office) at JP Morgan, Mid Sized Market Research Firm, Mid Sized Social Consulting Firm, Startup
Positions of Responsibility: Founder and President of the consulting club
Extracurriculars: Won 2 Case Study Competitions at IIT Bombay and BITS Pilani, 100k+ views of Quora, On boarded clients for live projects, Junior Journalist with Times of India

I am crystal clear about my short term and long term goals; Would like to consider strategy consulting in the short term while switch to private equity or my own startup in the long term.

Looking forward to constuctive criticism.


I recommend getting a 730 gmat

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viralvortex wrote:
Hello Everyone,

Would be really grateful if someone could judge my profile for Booth's deferred admission program

Nationality: Indian
College: BITS Pilani (Top 10 in India)
Grade: 8.34/10.00
Past Scores: Xth 95.33% (School Topper), XIIth 85.69%
GMAT: Yet to be taken but expecting 680-710
Summer Internships: Investment Banking Analyst (Middle Office) at JP Morgan, Mid Sized Market Research Firm, Mid Sized Social Consulting Firm, Startup
Positions of Responsibility: Founder and President of the consulting club
Extracurriculars: Won 2 Case Study Competitions at IIT Bombay and BITS Pilani, 100k+ views of Quora, On boarded clients for live projects, Junior Journalist with Times of India

I am crystal clear about my short term and long term goals; Would like to consider strategy consulting in the short term while switch to private equity or my own startup in the long term.

Looking forward to constuctive criticism.


Hey there,

Seems like you have pretty solid stats here. I would recommend shooting for 730 GMAT to be in the "safe zone" for GMAT. Also, a big question for you is, how many years of full-time work experience have you had and where did you work? I see summer internships. If you're a college student or fresh college grad looking for a profile evaluation, my suggestion for you is to have at least 3-5 years of solid work experience under your belt from a well-known firm/company, and show career progression. OK to switch jobs once before you apply (i.e. have 2 jobs before applying). If you're coming from a lesser-known company, make sure you're able to demonstrate IMPACT and INFLUENCE because you'll use that as your strong suit.

If you're already working and don't mind sharing what industry/function you're in, feel free to leave a reply and I can follow-up with an analysis based on your professional experience. If you're still in school, then keep those advice above in mind as you look for a job after school that will increase your chances at getting into a top tier school like Booth. Hope this helps and good luck!
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viralvortex wrote:
Hello Everyone,

Would be really grateful if someone could judge my profile for Booth's deferred admission program

Nationality: Indian
College: BITS Pilani (Top 10 in India)
Grade: 8.34/10.00
Past Scores: Xth 95.33% (School Topper), XIIth 85.69%
GMAT: Yet to be taken but expecting 680-710
Summer Internships: Investment Banking Analyst (Middle Office) at JP Morgan, Mid Sized Market Research Firm, Mid Sized Social Consulting Firm, Startup
Positions of Responsibility: Founder and President of the consulting club
Extracurriculars: Won 2 Case Study Competitions at IIT Bombay and BITS Pilani, 100k+ views of Quora, On boarded clients for live projects, Junior Journalist with Times of India

I am crystal clear about my short term and long term goals; Would like to consider strategy consulting in the short term while switch to private equity or my own startup in the long term.

Looking forward to constuctive criticism.


Hey there,

Seems like you have pretty solid stats here. I would recommend shooting for 730 GMAT to be in the "safe zone" for GMAT. Also, a big question for you is, how many years of full-time work experience have you had and where did you work? I see summer internships. If you're a college student or fresh college grad looking for a profile evaluation, my suggestion for you is to have at least 3-5 years of solid work experience under your belt from a well-known firm/company, and show career progression. OK to switch jobs once before you apply (i.e. have 2 jobs before applying). If you're coming from a lesser-known company, make sure you're able to demonstrate IMPACT and INFLUENCE because you'll use that as your strong suit.

If you're already working and don't mind sharing what industry/function you're in, feel free to leave a reply and I can follow-up with an analysis based on your professional experience. If you're still in school, then keep those advice above in mind as you look for a job after school that will increase your chances at getting into a top tier school like Booth. Hope this helps and good luck!


What about the Booth Scholars Program?

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Hello everyone... hope you're all having a great holiday week! Just thought I'd get a reality check before applying to Booth in R2. So far I have a couple of denials, 2 T10-T15 waitlists and 1 T15 admit with $$ - all in my profile to the left. Having gone through R1 I think I have a more refined story for R2.

Here's my profile:

Post MBA Goal – Strategy Consulting or Strategy role in Toronto, Canada... intention to focus on Sustainability practice long term

Why Booth:
- strong placement in MC and sizeable Canada/Toronto alumni base
- love Chicago as a city (yes), plus can travel back to Toronto very easily
- Best brand for resume long term
- LEAD - have identified certain leadership weaknesses I want to improve
- flexible curriculum - can focus on MC for recruiting + finance basics-intermediate (esp. impact investing)
- Rustandy Social Center - social innovation, sustainability series, other courses

Indian Male
Age 31
GMAT 750 (Q50, V41)
Role/Industry:
Director of North America Sales for a performance consulting/online training company (~200 people) (3 years) - most recent
Environmental consultant at a boutique consulting firm in the US to top energy companies (2.5 years)
Engineer at family business - small mfg firm in India serving clients in US, India, China, Israel (energy management products) (2.5 years)

Education:
BE in ChemE from top5 engineering school in India, low GPA (2.2/4.0), co-founded 2 clubs and other extracurrics
MS in Environmental Engg from top 50 school in US, 3.95 GPA, Masters fellowship recipient, significant volunteering

ECs:
Nonprofit leadership (sustainability & community dev. nonprofit in US) - Volunteer-> Treasurer-> Co-president (~3 years)
Co-founded women empowerment nonprofit in India (~10 people, couple of decent sized achievements in 1.5 years)
Sailing - twice a week at a sailing club (in US, ~2 years)
Motorcycling - long distance riding (in India, ~4 years)

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Should I even bother applying with the low UG GPA and no-name companies on my resume? Can't do anything about the latter but enrolling in MBAMath just to mitigate the former issue. Not sure grad GPA fully does that.

Thoughts please. Probably a big reach/Hail Mary app.
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Hello everyone... hope you're all having a great holiday week! Just thought I'd get a reality check before applying to Booth in R2. So far I have a couple of denials, 2 T10-T15 waitlists and 1 T15 admit with $$ - all in my profile to the left. Having gone through R1 I think I have a more refined story for R2.

Here's my profile:

Post MBA Goal – Strategy Consulting or Strategy role in Toronto, Canada... intention to focus on Sustainability practice long term

Why Booth:
- strong placement in MC and sizeable Canada/Toronto alumni base
- love Chicago as a city (yes), plus can travel back to Toronto very easily
- Best brand for resume long term
- LEAD - have identified certain leadership weaknesses I want to improve
- flexible curriculum - can focus on MC for recruiting + finance basics-intermediate (esp. impact investing)
- Rustandy Social Center - social innovation, sustainability series, other courses

Indian Male
Age 31
GMAT 750 (Q50, V41)
Role/Industry:
Director of North America Sales for a performance consulting/online training company (~200 people) (3 years) - most recent
Environmental consultant at a boutique consulting firm in the US to top energy companies (2.5 years)
Engineer at family business - small mfg firm in India serving clients in US, India, China, Israel (energy management products) (2.5 years)

Education:
BE in ChemE from top5 engineering school in India, low GPA (2.2/4.0), co-founded 2 clubs and other extracurrics
MS in Environmental Engg from top 50 school in US, 3.95 GPA, Masters fellowship recipient, significant volunteering

ECs:
Nonprofit leadership (sustainability & community dev. nonprofit in US) - Volunteer-> Treasurer-> Co-president (~3 years)
Co-founded women empowerment nonprofit in India (~10 people, couple of decent sized achievements in 1.5 years)
Sailing - twice a week at a sailing club (in US, ~2 years)
Motorcycling - long distance riding (in India, ~4 years)

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Should I even bother applying with the low UG GPA and no-name companies on my resume? Can't do anything about the latter but enrolling in MBAMath just to mitigate the former issue. Not sure grad GPA fully does that.

Thoughts please. Probably a big reach/Hail Mary app.


Congratulations on your high GMAT score (750)! A lower-than-average GPA, despite some academic name recognition (did you go to an IIT branch? You mentioned a top 5 school in India... wasn't sure which one) will hurt you a bit, but it's probably surmountable. That's smart of you to preemptively enroll in an MBA math class to prove yourself. Academic pedigree (e.g., scores, grades, academic institution ranking) is obviously important to Booth. You come from a demographic (Indian male) that's over-represented in the candidate pool. It helps that you are applying from Canada, rather than India, but you are still in the "international" bucket (and international/non-US students represent only ~30-40% of the Booth class).

As a 31-year-old candidate, you will be on the older side of the applicant pool, so you need to make a clear case of why you are applying to MBA and why you are applying now rather than 4 years ago (when you would have been the average age). This isn't an insurmountable problem, but it's something that you should be tacitly answering in your application, even if you aren't asked about "Why MBA/Why Now" explicitly.

What you need to make sure you master is the delivery of your strategic positioning. You say that you want to do management consulting. That's a very over-represented career path within the applicant pool, especially for Booth, so you need to make sure you articulate WHY you think you'll excel at M/B/B. What is it about your passions, education, and prior work experiences that positions you to be a successful management consultant? And how will your near-term management consulting goal position you for your long term goal? (And, If your long-term goal is also management consulting, why is that?) Do you have any interest in running your family business one day? If so, that could be an interesting and differentiated goal for you and provide rationale for a near-term consulting route.

The only red flag I see on this profile is your repeated stated interest in Booth because of it's geographic proximity and strong alum base in Toronto. That's a fine reason for YOU to be interested in Booth as your top choice, but I'm not sure it's one worth writing about in your essay questions or talking about in the interview should you get to that point. There are Boothies all over the world, and while Booth probably likes having a strong network in Toronto, that's not really going to signal that you understand what sets Booth apart or why you are the perfect fit for Booth. You want to talk about programs, professors, reputation -- that sort of thing. Lots of people in New Hampshire want to go to Harvard because it's close by, but this probably isn't what the successful ones write about in their essays, you know? Because Harvard is great for reasons other than being close to New Hampshire.

There's no harm in applying to a "reach" school like Booth. Your GPA and the lack of traditional corporate pedigree, combined with your competitive demo may result in a "ding", but hey, you miss all the shots you don't take. I think you should go for it, being mindful of your chances and also hoping for the best.

My fingers are crossed for you!
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tnt007tarun wrote:
Hello everyone... hope you're all having a great holiday week! Just thought I'd get a reality check before applying to Booth in R2. So far I have a couple of denials, 2 T10-T15 waitlists and 1 T15 admit with $$ - all in my profile to the left. Having gone through R1 I think I have a more refined story for R2.

Here's my profile:

Post MBA Goal – Strategy Consulting or Strategy role in Toronto, Canada... intention to focus on Sustainability practice long term

Why Booth:
- strong placement in MC and sizeable Canada/Toronto alumni base
- love Chicago as a city (yes), plus can travel back to Toronto very easily
- Best brand for resume long term
- LEAD - have identified certain leadership weaknesses I want to improve
- flexible curriculum - can focus on MC for recruiting + finance basics-intermediate (esp. impact investing)
- Rustandy Social Center - social innovation, sustainability series, other courses

Indian Male
Age 31
GMAT 750 (Q50, V41)
Role/Industry:
Director of North America Sales for a performance consulting/online training company (~200 people) (3 years) - most recent
Environmental consultant at a boutique consulting firm in the US to top energy companies (2.5 years)
Engineer at family business - small mfg firm in India serving clients in US, India, China, Israel (energy management products) (2.5 years)

Education:
BE in ChemE from top5 engineering school in India, low GPA (2.2/4.0), co-founded 2 clubs and other extracurrics
MS in Environmental Engg from top 50 school in US, 3.95 GPA, Masters fellowship recipient, significant volunteering

ECs:
Nonprofit leadership (sustainability & community dev. nonprofit in US) - Volunteer-> Treasurer-> Co-president (~3 years)
Co-founded women empowerment nonprofit in India (~10 people, couple of decent sized achievements in 1.5 years)
Sailing - twice a week at a sailing club (in US, ~2 years)
Motorcycling - long distance riding (in India, ~4 years)

---

Should I even bother applying with the low UG GPA and no-name companies on my resume? Can't do anything about the latter but enrolling in MBAMath just to mitigate the former issue. Not sure grad GPA fully does that.

Thoughts please. Probably a big reach/Hail Mary app.


Congratulations on your high GMAT score (750)! A lower-than-average GPA, despite some academic name recognition (did you go to an IIT branch? You mentioned a top 5 school in India... wasn't sure which one) will hurt you a bit, but it's probably surmountable. That's smart of you to preemptively enroll in an MBA math class to prove yourself. Academic pedigree (e.g., scores, grades, academic institution ranking) is obviously important to Booth. You come from a demographic (Indian male) that's over-represented in the candidate pool. It helps that you are applying from Canada, rather than India, but you are still in the "international" bucket (and international/non-US students represent only ~30-40% of the Booth class).

As a 31-year-old candidate, you will be on the older side of the applicant pool, so you need to make a clear case of why you are applying to MBA and why you are applying now rather than 4 years ago (when you would have been the average age). This isn't an insurmountable problem, but it's something that you should be tacitly answering in your application, even if you aren't asked about "Why MBA/Why Now" explicitly.

What you need to make sure you master is the delivery of your strategic positioning. You say that you want to do management consulting. That's a very over-represented career path within the applicant pool, especially for Booth, so you need to make sure you articulate WHY you think you'll excel at M/B/B. What is it about your passions, education, and prior work experiences that positions you to be a successful management consultant? And how will your near-term management consulting goal position you for your long term goal? (And, If your long-term goal is also management consulting, why is that?) Do you have any interest in running your family business one day? If so, that could be an interesting and differentiated goal for you and provide rationale for a near-term consulting route.

The only red flag I see on this profile is your repeated stated interest in Booth because of it's geographic proximity and strong alum base in Toronto. That's a fine reason for YOU to be interested in Booth as your top choice, but I'm not sure it's one worth writing about in your essay questions or talking about in the interview should you get to that point. There are Boothies all over the world, and while Booth probably likes having a strong network in Toronto, that's not really going to signal that you understand what sets Booth apart or why you are the perfect fit for Booth. You want to talk about programs, professors, reputation -- that sort of thing. Lots of people in New Hampshire want to go to Harvard because it's close by, but this probably isn't what the successful ones write about in their essays, you know? Because Harvard is great for reasons other than being close to New Hampshire.

There's no harm in applying to a "reach" school like Booth. Your GPA and the lack of traditional corporate pedigree, combined with your competitive demo may result in a "ding", but hey, you miss all the shots you don't take. I think you should go for it, being mindful of your chances and also hoping for the best.

My fingers are crossed for you!


Hey - I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your views! I agree with everything you shared, especially the fact that I'm not going to tell Booth that their proximity to Toronto is a big factor. My essays focus on my goals, Booth's fit, flexible curriculum, a couple of compelling ways I can contribute and give back. Even getting an interview may be next to impossible given my stats, but I'm just giving it my best shot. Will come back here and share how it goes!
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tnt007tarun wrote:
Admissionado wrote:
tnt007tarun wrote:
Hello everyone... hope you're all having a great holiday week! Just thought I'd get a reality check before applying to Booth in R2. So far I have a couple of denials, 2 T10-T15 waitlists and 1 T15 admit with $$ - all in my profile to the left. Having gone through R1 I think I have a more refined story for R2.

Here's my profile:

Post MBA Goal – Strategy Consulting or Strategy role in Toronto, Canada... intention to focus on Sustainability practice long term

Why Booth:
- strong placement in MC and sizeable Canada/Toronto alumni base
- love Chicago as a city (yes), plus can travel back to Toronto very easily
- Best brand for resume long term
- LEAD - have identified certain leadership weaknesses I want to improve
- flexible curriculum - can focus on MC for recruiting + finance basics-intermediate (esp. impact investing)
- Rustandy Social Center - social innovation, sustainability series, other courses

Indian Male
Age 31
GMAT 750 (Q50, V41)
Role/Industry:
Director of North America Sales for a performance consulting/online training company (~200 people) (3 years) - most recent
Environmental consultant at a boutique consulting firm in the US to top energy companies (2.5 years)
Engineer at family business - small mfg firm in India serving clients in US, India, China, Israel (energy management products) (2.5 years)

Education:
BE in ChemE from top5 engineering school in India, low GPA (2.2/4.0), co-founded 2 clubs and other extracurrics
MS in Environmental Engg from top 50 school in US, 3.95 GPA, Masters fellowship recipient, significant volunteering

ECs:
Nonprofit leadership (sustainability & community dev. nonprofit in US) - Volunteer-> Treasurer-> Co-president (~3 years)
Co-founded women empowerment nonprofit in India (~10 people, couple of decent sized achievements in 1.5 years)
Sailing - twice a week at a sailing club (in US, ~2 years)
Motorcycling - long distance riding (in India, ~4 years)

---

Should I even bother applying with the low UG GPA and no-name companies on my resume? Can't do anything about the latter but enrolling in MBAMath just to mitigate the former issue. Not sure grad GPA fully does that.

Thoughts please. Probably a big reach/Hail Mary app.


Congratulations on your high GMAT score (750)! A lower-than-average GPA, despite some academic name recognition (did you go to an IIT branch? You mentioned a top 5 school in India... wasn't sure which one) will hurt you a bit, but it's probably surmountable. That's smart of you to preemptively enroll in an MBA math class to prove yourself. Academic pedigree (e.g., scores, grades, academic institution ranking) is obviously important to Booth. You come from a demographic (Indian male) that's over-represented in the candidate pool. It helps that you are applying from Canada, rather than India, but you are still in the "international" bucket (and international/non-US students represent only ~30-40% of the Booth class).

As a 31-year-old candidate, you will be on the older side of the applicant pool, so you need to make a clear case of why you are applying to MBA and why you are applying now rather than 4 years ago (when you would have been the average age). This isn't an insurmountable problem, but it's something that you should be tacitly answering in your application, even if you aren't asked about "Why MBA/Why Now" explicitly.

What you need to make sure you master is the delivery of your strategic positioning. You say that you want to do management consulting. That's a very over-represented career path within the applicant pool, especially for Booth, so you need to make sure you articulate WHY you think you'll excel at M/B/B. What is it about your passions, education, and prior work experiences that positions you to be a successful management consultant? And how will your near-term management consulting goal position you for your long term goal? (And, If your long-term goal is also management consulting, why is that?) Do you have any interest in running your family business one day? If so, that could be an interesting and differentiated goal for you and provide rationale for a near-term consulting route.

The only red flag I see on this profile is your repeated stated interest in Booth because of it's geographic proximity and strong alum base in Toronto. That's a fine reason for YOU to be interested in Booth as your top choice, but I'm not sure it's one worth writing about in your essay questions or talking about in the interview should you get to that point. There are Boothies all over the world, and while Booth probably likes having a strong network in Toronto, that's not really going to signal that you understand what sets Booth apart or why you are the perfect fit for Booth. You want to talk about programs, professors, reputation -- that sort of thing. Lots of people in New Hampshire want to go to Harvard because it's close by, but this probably isn't what the successful ones write about in their essays, you know? Because Harvard is great for reasons other than being close to New Hampshire.

There's no harm in applying to a "reach" school like Booth. Your GPA and the lack of traditional corporate pedigree, combined with your competitive demo may result in a "ding", but hey, you miss all the shots you don't take. I think you should go for it, being mindful of your chances and also hoping for the best.

My fingers are crossed for you!


Hey - I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your views! I agree with everything you shared, especially the fact that I'm not going to tell Booth that their proximity to Toronto is a big factor. My essays focus on my goals, Booth's fit, flexible curriculum, a couple of compelling ways I can contribute and give back. Even getting an interview may be next to impossible given my stats, but I'm just giving it my best shot. Will come back here and share how it goes!


Anytime! Let us know how it goes -- rooting for you!
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Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program at Booth

Nationality: Indian
Age: 25 (Will be 27 by the September 2021 intake )
Undergraduate Qualification: BSc Honours Statistics (3 year course with a GPA of 3)
Other qualifications: Have cleared 11 (out of 15) Actuarial Exam
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 4+ years (will be 6+ years by intake) in the insurance, reinsurance and consulting sector. Have worked with world’s largest reinsurer and EY.
Extracurriculars: Zonal level football participation. Organising various events during college involving the entire Delhi University (including Marathons, internship fairs, Youth Summits etc). Also travelled to HongKong for official work and attending seminars.

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Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program at Booth

Nationality: Indian
Age: 25 (Will be 27 by the September 2021 intake )
Undergraduate Qualification: BSc Honours Statistics (3 year course with a GPA of 3)
Other qualifications: Have cleared 11 (out of 15) Actuarial Exam
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 4+ years (will be 6+ years by intake) in the insurance, reinsurance and consulting sector. Have worked with world’s largest reinsurer and EY.
Extracurriculars: Zonal level football participation. Organising various events during college involving the entire Delhi University (including Marathons, internship fairs, Youth Summits etc). Also travelled to HongKong for official work and attending seminars.

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If you can squeeze 20 gmat points you are in really good shape. What are your post mba goals?
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Bhavyaanand94 wrote:
Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program at Booth

Nationality: Indian
Age: 25 (Will be 27 by the September 2021 intake )
Undergraduate Qualification: BSc Honours Statistics (3 year course with a GPA of 3)
Other qualifications: Have cleared 11 (out of 15) Actuarial Exam
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 4+ years (will be 6+ years by intake) in the insurance, reinsurance and consulting sector. Have worked with world’s largest reinsurer and EY.
Extracurriculars: Zonal level football participation. Organising various events during college involving the entire Delhi University (including Marathons, internship fairs, Youth Summits etc). Also travelled to HongKong for official work and attending seminars.

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If you can squeeze 20 gmat points you are in really good shape. What are your post mba goals?




Want to pursue my MBA in Finance and then work in wither Healthcare / consulting / PE.
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New post 11 Jan 2020, 19:33
Hi guys, I would greatly appreciate it if you use your fortune-telling powers to evaluate my chances of getting invited to Booth R2 interviews.
- Age: 29. Male.
- Nationality: Egypt.
- Background: Medical Doctor (M.D.)
- University: Most prestigious medical school in Egypt.
- GPA: 3.82
- GRE: Q:162 (79%) V: 159 (83%)
- Four years of US-based experience in the field of cancer & Molecular diagnostics.
- 3 promotions. From Sales to Marketing to Product development & Strategic planning.
- Published researcher in Biotechnology and Stem Cells form elite US institutions.
- Current: Founder & CEO of a Molecular Diagnostics Consulting Company.
- Extracurriculars: President & Founder of the biggest Student Club. President of the Student Union.
- LORs: President of the company I worked for reflecting on a successful business track record. & University Professor & mentor reflecting on a history of leadership in extracurricular activities.
- Essay: Influences that impacted my decision to pursue medical entrepreneurship, why an MBA & post-MBA goals.
Thanks & I really appreciate your efforts so much!
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Hi guys, I would greatly appreciate it if you use your fortune-telling powers to evaluate my chances of getting invited to Booth R2 interviews.
- Age: 29. Male.
- Nationality: Egypt.
- Background: Medical Doctor (M.D.)
- University: Most prestigious medical school in Egypt.
- GPA: 3.82
- GRE: Q:162 (79%) V: 159 (83%)
- Four years of US-based experience in the field of cancer & Molecular diagnostics.
- 3 promotions. From Sales to Marketing to Product development & Strategic planning.
- Published researcher in Biotechnology and Stem Cells form elite US institutions.
- Current: Founder & CEO of a Molecular Diagnostics Consulting Company.
- Extracurriculars: President & Founder of the biggest Student Club. President of the Student Union.
- LORs: President of the company I worked for reflecting on a successful business track record. & University Professor & mentor reflecting on a history of leadership in extracurricular activities.
- Essay: Influences that impacted my decision to pursue medical entrepreneurship, why an MBA & post-MBA goals.
Thanks & I really appreciate your efforts so much!


Looks very strong to me.
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New post 15 Jan 2020, 09:39
I wanted your advice on my profile and whether the mba programs i am targeting for the 2021 admit realistic and within my reach. (IE not in the dream school category).
My target schools are Columbia, Kellogg, Michigan ross, Berkeley haas and tuck.

I am a bachelors of commerce graduate with 6.4/7 cgpa from hr college in mumbai (Mumbai University) and a gmat score of 740.

I worked full time while in college , 2 years in an equity research and mutual fund sale firm and 1 year articleship as i was pursuing CA at that time. ( cleared 2 out of the three levels but finals are left which i will not give)

I am a US CFA charterholder and US CMA certificate holder. Have also completed US CPA and US CAIA (chartered alternative investment analyst).
I have been working past 3 years in a mid sized accountancy firm based in small city in rajasthan, india.
I had to shift to rajasthan due to severe family emergencies therefore started working there as my presence was required for family.
I left my job after two years as i found a wonderful opportunity in mineral and mining and have started my own venture in partnership.
Though it can be managed and is stagnant while in the state , i wanted to make it a wholly export unit and establish in strategic locations across couple of countries like in canada and portugal and run it as a more corporate and an organized business organisation, much different from how mining is run in this state.
Therefore i planned on pursuing an mba which will help me manage and organize my business in the manner i want to run it and expand it.
I am ready to invest and grill myself for a 2 year mba in order to take the maximum out of it. 

On the extra curricular activity note, i am a registered mumber of the heartfulness organisation (for meditation) for the past 4 years. Travelled all across the country and have organised various seminars and workshops, played a big part in the green initiative and planted by myself about 40 plus trees. Have also organised meditation sessions for army personnel in my state and have also successfully implemented heartfulness for kids in various schools wherein we are training teachers on how to plant this seed right from a very young age in students.
While in college, one of my most proudest moment was when i lead an NSS team ( national service scheme) and did something out of box by forming a union for the domestic help who were in very bad condition in mumbai so that the local police as well as the members themselves can protect the right of others and to make sure that they are not exploited, due to this the police area head and i had an exclusive coverage as well.
Despite my work experience, the thing i am concerned about is my international exposure in job. That is an area i lack.

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