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New post 23 Sep 2018, 08:43
Hi,

I am considering applying to the Chicago Business Fellows program for 2019. Unfortunately, there are very few profiles for the CBF program, so I'm not sure at all, if I will get in. What do you believe are my chances?

Citizenship: US

Diversity:
- Ethnicity: Indian
- Gender: Male
- Location: California
- Sexuality: LGBT

Academics:
- State University - Top 75 on USNWR National University Rankings (LOL)
- Doctorate in STEM
- GPA: 3.7+ (summa cum laude)
- GMAT: 710

Previous experience:
- Biopharma strategy consulting x 2 yrs (1 year international)
- Small unheard of foreign company (about 40-50 people)
- Manage 5+ people
- Promoted twice
- 2 Biopharmaceutical company internships (1 was a full year part-time while in school, another was full time during the summer)
- 1 Health insurance company internship (full time during the summer)
- 1 Prestigious venture capital firm in Manhattan internship (2 months during summer of breaking through to the elites haha - think old money mega rich family that is a household name's VC firm. They usually take an intern at a HSW MBA program each year)

Leadership:
- Student government president (School not University - School was about 1400 students, 25 student orgs, and a few different degree programs)
- Various minor student organisation E-board / Chair positions

Why I want to go to Booth?
- Increasingly involved in management and finance related projects (lack the current foundations in this)
- Will be expected to contribute on the leadership team for my company within the next 2 years and I need to build my skills for this
- To reconsider VC - I received positive feedback from my VC internship and even 2 years later we still keep in touch. However, it was made clear to me that they only recruit from top MBA programs and at the time I lacked the finance background, but wanted my experience / education in biopharma to understand some Biotech Start Ups they were working with
- I was the first with my particular background to get the internship and since they've rotated another person with a similar background to me, but still have only hired their occasional MBA interns
- My ultimate career goal has been to start-up a biotech - the network, education, and career advancement from Booth would be largely beneficial for this

Sincerely,
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New post 01 Oct 2018, 12:52
Hi, thanks for your time!
Please evaluate my profile:

Background and nationality : Russian male, 29; First generation (in family) college graduate.

Undergrad Information : started Math and IT degree in home city, after 3 years decided to change my life and moved to Finland to study Industrial management ( bachelor of engineering )

GMAT: 740 q49 v41

Work experience and leadership: 5 years, Consulting with Pwc and DuPont; PE/family office and consulting with boutique; now Business development in international mining company. Current position: Senior analyst.
Managed up to 10 (as a part of projects).

Community and others: unfortunately not much. When I studied in Finland I made a trip to hometown to visit 6 high schools to inform pupils about opportunities to study for free abroad ( made presentation and video with interviews of current students )

Post MBA goals :
Tech or consulting (maybe entrepreneurship )

Anything else:
I have very poor GPA ( about 2.6 - hard to calculate because of Finnish grading system )
Reason: I had to pay for my living in Finland myself , so I worked as a morning postman (from 2 am till 6 am 6 days a week)

Once again thank you very much for your time.
Also if somebody has an offer to help me with admission consulting please send me PM

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New post 12 Oct 2018, 07:54
Hi,

Please evaluate my profile below!

Background and nationality: Male, White, US citizen, 25 years old.

Undergrad Information: BBA in finance from Ohio State 3.2 GPA ( I had one bad semester where I dealt with depression from the death of my best friend, dragging down my gpa. I plan to use the optional essay to explain this).

GMAT: 730 (Q 47, V 44, IR 6, AWA 6)

Work experience and leadership: At the time of applying, will be 5 years working as a financial analyst for major bank with one promotion to intermediate analyst. In charge of a team of analysts based in India, led many projects, and have mentored some of the associates on my team.

Community and others: Done many different volunteering activities but not through only one organization. Currently part of a mentoring program through Ohio State. Serving on the board of a non-profit Irish heritage organization (Even though I'm not Irish).

Post MBA goals: Wanting to either switch to investment banking or consulting.

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New post 20 Oct 2018, 03:22
Background and nationality :
* Indian
* living and working in Singapore for last 7 yrs
* Working in technology sector for 7+ yrs


Undergrad Information :
BTech Electronics 2008, Manipal, India
GPA 3.4/4

MS (electronics), 2012, NUS Singapore
GPA 3.2/4

GMAT: n/a
Work experience and leadership
total work ex = 7+ yrs
Working as Senior product engineer in a digital security MNC , Singapore
Leadership :
* Innovation cell cofounder(1.5yrs) , managed 4+ team across Singapore,India and France
* President Toastmasters Club

Community and others

Post MBA goals
* Product Management in tech sector

Anything else?
* Cofounder 2 startups in Singapore
* Attended founders institute Singapore
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New post 26 Oct 2018, 10:45
Hi, requesting a profile evaluation. Thanks for taking the time for your feedback! Appreciate it.

Background and nationality: Currently working as a financial controller in NYC for a F500. I worked for a Big4 accounting firm for 3 years as an auditor in Chicago and San Francisco before taking the controller job here in NY. Nationality: From Nepal

Undergrad Information: Graduated in 2014 from a college in Chicago- 3.5 GPA in accounting (took over 150 credits/40 classes) while in 4-year undergrad program.

GMAT: I haven't taken GMAT but took GRE instead as I was looking into PhD and Masters in Finance programs. GRE Score- 165 in Quant and 159 in Verbal.

Work experience and leadership: 60 months; oversaw auditing projects, guided interns and first years thru audit projects, led corporate reporting changes for a Fortune 500 company;

Campus leadership: President of two different clubs in college

Community and others: Helped with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

Post MBA goals: Investment Research

Anything else? I have co-authored two publications in peer-reviewed finance journal.
I am planning to focus my essay on economic hardship I went thru during college.

Thanks for taking the time for your feedback! Appreciate it.
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New post 11 Nov 2018, 14:28
Hi Everyone,
Below is my profile to date. I am presently scheduled to take the GMAT again on 12/10 (so a bit of time to improve my score)

Age: 31, American, low-income background
Undergrad: Double major/double minor (History of Math & Science, Western Philosophy/Classics & Comparative Lit)
Small but well regarded Liberal Arts school
Grad Masters in Teaching (Regional college)
GPA: 3.7 for both
Work: 9 years work experience, with clear progression in scope. Accepted into Teach for America, taught middle and high school. Joined non-profit/research project at UChicago (another department, but used to go to the Booth cafeteria all the time!) in coordination with Chicago Public Schools to identify risks and solve them real time for students. Started LLC and provided consulting services. Recently joined another ed non-profit org. Have had several promotions and managed a team of 4.
Goal: Long term to transition into corporate philanthropy, specifically a program like the GE Foundation or BMO Harris (as both have strong education connections). Short-term is to consult (Deloitte, etc.) to gain corporate experience.
Extracurriculars: Member of several community groups (neighborhood preservation group, committee on niche education issue, direct support for community center), active in education lobby organization, have run (both successfully and unsuccessfully) for local office, run half-marathons
GMAT: In the prep process. Current highest score is a 680 with a goal of 720.
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Hi, I'm aiming for top B schools including Booth.

Age 31, Male, Indian

Academics: UG: BE CIVIL, 3.0/4
Did LLB alongwith job from Delhi University (evening classes), 54%
GMAT 650 (Q 49, V 31, IR 8)

Have 9+ years of work ex in India's largest power equipment manufacturer and top 7 Public sector undertakings.

Started as Project engineer at thermal sites and then moved to HR, Business Administration and law.
Currently leading 3 different teams in HR, CSR and Business Administration and memeber of legal team.

Saved approx. $500,000 for the company in an arbitration (changing arguments and strategy).

In business administration, saved
Rs $50000 a year by using idle machinery from other units instead of hiring it.

Implemented online stores and helpdesks, thereby reducing manpower requirements by 70%.

Negotiated and took 50% discount on existing connections (negotiated with senior management including CMD of Telcom). Also have managed many indistrial disputes saving 500+ man-hours combined.

I'm also a certified behavioural trainer in my company and have trained 200+ employees.


Consistent top performer and can get LORs from seniors, Head of HR and Executive Director.
Although dont have international workex, but have travelled a lot in India (demographically different) for business.

Extra curriculars include: have represented company in all india psu football tournaments, have won table tennis tournament in law college.
Participated in street plays on social issues in company.
Avid biker, trekker.

I know my experience is on higher side and have low GMAT score, still what do you think of my chances.

Thanks a lot.

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Hello rdsingh

Yours is a mixed bag.
Let us start with the not so good- Academic performance is below average for most Top US B Schools. The only way you might have compensated that is through a high GMAT, but unfortunately, that is low too, especially considering your Indian background (large pool of competitive applicants- one is expected to score high to stand out in this crowd)
The good- Work experience looks good because you are already talking about 'impact' in your post. How you saved money for your organization. This is the right way to start looking at your work. Also talk about your career progression. Extracurricular could work in your favor too, provided you showcase impact and your personal contribution in a similar way. 9 Years, though high, should not be a major problem at some schools.
That actually brings us to the last point- which is missing in your profile. What are your career goals my friend and why an MBA now. By itself 9 years of experience seems slightly high for the schools. but if your overarching narrative makes it clear why you want to pursue and MBA and now, then the years will not be a problem. Of course, be prepared to showcase more maturity and progress in your career than the average applicant.
From here you have two options- you either retake the GMAT and apply next year (considering that R2 deadlines are close and you may not be able to take the GMAT much before that) or re-look at your list of schools.

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Hi, I'm aiming for top B schools including Booth.

Age 31, Male, Indian

Academics: UG: BE CIVIL, 3.0/4
Did LLB alongwith job from Delhi University (evening classes), 54%
GMAT 650 (Q 49, V 31, IR 8)

Have 9+ years of work ex in India's largest power equipment manufacturer and top 7 Public sector undertakings.

Started as Project engineer at thermal sites and then moved to HR, Business Administration and law.
Currently leading 3 different teams in HR, CSR and Business Administration and memeber of legal team.

Saved approx. $500,000 for the company in an arbitration (changing arguments and strategy).

In business administration, saved
Rs $50000 a year by using idle machinery from other units instead of hiring it.

Implemented online stores and helpdesks, thereby reducing manpower requirements by 70%.

Negotiated and took 50% discount on existing connections (negotiated with senior management including CMD of Telcom). Also have managed many indistrial disputes saving 500+ man-hours combined.

I'm also a certified behavioural trainer in my company and have trained 200+ employees.


Consistent top performer and can get LORs from seniors, Head of HR and Executive Director.
Although dont have international workex, but have travelled a lot in India (demographically different) for business.

Extra curriculars include: have represented company in all india psu football tournaments, have won table tennis tournament in law college.
Participated in street plays on social issues in company.
Avid biker, trekker.

I know my experience is on higher side and have low GMAT score, still what do you think of my chances.

Thanks a lot.

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New post 20 Nov 2018, 19:14
Hi. Would love to get any advice or color on potential admission to Booth

Background and nationality: hong kong male 29 years

Undergrad Information: 3.3/4.0 GPA at one of top 3 local schools majoring in economics

GMAT: 720

Work experience and leadership: Im worling as a macro sales and trader at one of the top 3 bb banks (gs,jpm, ms in hong kong) with approx. 2 years of experience
- On the sales side, we do a bunch of pitching for relatively new products like structured credit and covered bonds

Community and others: Ive participated in a mentorship program working with kids of disabled parents
+Big big fan of soccer. Have been part of same soccer club for past 6 yrs

Post MBA goals: macro research or macro hedge fund (potentially in US or EUR)

Thanks guys! Let me know if you need anything else!

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Indian Male, 29 years
UG: Bachelor of Fashion Technology (specialisation in Fashion & Apparel Production) - National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (consistently ranks top in Asia among its Peer colleges)
GPA: 6.9/10, among the top 25% of the batch (4 as per mba.com conversion table)
PG: MA in HRM with CGPA 6.5/10 (Among top Universities for graduate studies in India)
GMAT: 720 (Q49, V39)

Additional Coursework:
- Business Analytics Specialisation (4courses + 1 capstone project), Wharton Online
- Business Stats with R, Duke University online
- Product Management Foundation - Darden University online

Work Experience: 4 years
Industry: Indian Conglomerate -Aditya Birla Group (1.5 years, worked in HR & Project Management as part of management rotation program across Fashion Retail and Manufacturing) + Entrepreneurship (2.5 years)
*My graduate rotation experience Aditya Birla was sort of internal consultancy experience as each rotation would start with a problem statement for a given sector/business unit, and involve problem diagnosis, creating and deploying solutions. While each rotation (or project) differed in complexity and area of concern, they all were strategic and of high impact in nature. Also got an opportunity to work on a global assignment in the US.
*Entrepreneurship: I always had entrepreneurial bug, so when an opportunity to join the startup in space of fashion accessories came up (as Co-founder) 2 years ago, I immediately made the jump. For the last two years, I have dabbled across operations and marketing. Managed launch of 3 product categories, reworked marketing strategy to increase reach by 3.5X, took care of inventory planning and vendor management beside taking care of talent management. It has been a great learning curve until now, however, at times I found myself lacking in knowledge/expertise in taking things forward.

Extra-curricular Activities:
- Adventure Sports, have done multiple treks, hope to conquer the Himalayas someday.
- Huge comics nerd, and have been involved in comics strip design in college days
- Actively participated in sports, winning few medals at the university level.
- Was part of various clubs like the Social and Editorial club in leadership roles.

Community Service:
- Have been involved in multiple NGOs throughout my career in space of education. Presently involved (as an advisor) with a leading organization working to improve livelihood access to the young marginalised girls.

Post MBA Goals: Looking to get into strategy consultancy/Technology (Product) Firm/Consumer Tech side of Retail
Long-Term vision: I'm passionate about tech, and want to build a business at the intersection of fashion and technology.

Thanks in Advance

I'm targetting Haas, MIT and Wharton beside Booth. Should I target other colleges as well? (to be on the safer side), thinking about giving GMAT, 740/750 seems possible.
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New post 05 Dec 2018, 09:34
Hi all! Please chance me for Booth MBA (Weekend Program as well as Full-Time Program)?

Background and nationality: White female

Undergrad Information: Univ. of Notre Dame, BS in Mechanical Engineering (GPA 3.2)

GMAT: 720 (Q47, V41)

Work experience and leadership:
- Product Development Engineer at Fortune 10 consumer products (manufacturing/tech.) company - 3 years;
- Co-Leading (and worked with upper management to establish) professional development/social network program for young professionals within the company

Community and others:
- Volunteering with underprivileged kids in inner-city
- Church involvement
- Hobbies: Running, Downhill Snow Skiing

Post MBA goals:
- Rise to senior management in tech. industry; involvement with Business Strategy

Anything else?
- Essays should be very strong
- Letters of recommendation likely of decent strength
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