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I’m applying to 2+2 this cycle as a college junior. Currently studying for the GRE, which I’ll take for the first time right before deadline. My stats:

Major: (double major and minor in humanities subjects). Attend Harvard
GPA: 3.984
Hooks: Black female
Job experience: worked as a research assistant on a history oriented project one summer, went abroad the other
ECs: strong leadership in clubs, strong volunteering

I haven’t taken any business school desired desires classes (Econ, Statistics, math, etc) in college since I’ve been so humanities-focused. I’m worried they’ll think I can’t handle math, so I plan to take Statistics this semester that I apply. I was wondering if I should also take Macro? Will it be seen as a big boost if I can pull of an A- or better there? I’m slightly worried I’ll be stretched too thin by taking both, and not have enough time for the actual GRE studying and application. I normally take paper-based classes so these ones are a little out of my element. Will it be a negative factor if I just take Statistics and have no econ coursework on my transcript?

Thank you!

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As a fellow H College grad - perhaps I can offer a few thoughts:
- Assume you will apply in your senior year with your full grades and extracurriculars (and work experience)?
- Think you might consider the GMAT if you are a good test taker.
- Showing your analytic capabilities either in classes or at an analytical job can be important. Your GPA is high - getting reasonable grades in analytical classes will be helpful.
- The competition for HBS from the college is fierce, as you know. Your seriousness with pursuing a business path (classes, jobs, extracurriculars) seems important for your profile.

Best -
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Considering round 3:
GPA:3.2
GMAT:750
BSc in Genetics
Worked for 4 Years in pharma marketing
Wanting to do a career switch to Private Equity
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Considering round 3:
GPA:3.2
GMAT:750
BSc in Genetics
Worked for 4 Years in pharma marketing
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Hi - Had a phd get in R3 last year - pretty specialized. You seem very qualified, but might want to wait til R1 in the fall - and enhance your profile and story in the meantime.
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Hello,
Thank you in advance for answering.
I am a 26years old female from Ivory coast currently living in UK. I spent most of my life in Ivory Coast. In high school I won an award of the best student of my category in the whole country. I did my a level (baccalaureat litteraire) in literature focusing in English,Spanish, history, philosophy and math.
I went to the best university of the country.Even though that university only accept people for scientific background,they did made an exception for me, accept my application and made me take a math test before grant me a place there. I was admitted to the three years program, got a scholarship for three years during those years I was ranked 1st of my class. They then offered me a place in the engineering program, renewed my scholarship for two years, and offered me a two months exchange in UK. Again I took the first place among my peers. In my last year I got recruited by PwC. I spent 9 months there, submitted my thesis and declined a full time offer from them.
To sum up I got 4 as GPA.
I declined PwC offer because I wanted an experience abroad and wanted to have more knowledge in finance, I went to UK and did a MSc in finance (top 15).Due to an accident that happened to me at the beginning of my term, I ended up with a low GPA of 3.7 (2.1).


-Work experience from old to recent:
2months summer internship as account assistant in a microfinance company
8months work experience in a big 4 as a financial auditor
I have been running the family business since I was in my 2nd year at Uni. I expand our business from B2C to B2B, created opportunities outside the country. Now we have our own production facilities, client abroad and retailers buy the product to export it .
I am currently having experience in a fortune 20 as a digital architect and PMO in London

Extracurricular activities
- I was the Vice president of the dancing club in my high school (we were 2nd in a national competition)
- my first two years at Uni I was running the English and literature club of the Freshers
- I became a year later the Project manager of a student start up operating in management,marketing for a year
- the year after I was elected the president of that start up I expanded our activities,improved our revenue by 20% the first year by expanding our activities and clients portfolio.It led me to a second mandate
The second year was even better we had the same growth in term of revenue and profit. One of the client decided to hire me,he made me an offer but I had already accepted the offer of the big 4 so I declined.

I actively participated in Rotaract activities, and st Egidio working with orphans, offering medical kits and working on various projects.
I was also an activist in the LGBT community in my country, counseling and being there for everyone.
I am currently teaching some Basic IT to seniors people here in London
And next month I will start volunteering on weekends for British heart Foundation as well.

I haven't prepared for the GMAT yet,I got the books today...planning to read,get ready and take it because I would like to apply for the 1st round I'm September 2018.
I am interested in Wharton, Stanford,Harvard, Columbia and I would stay LBS.

So my questions are:
Is my work in my family business considered as work experience?
Which score of GMAT should I get to get into top 10 first round?
Can I get into the top 15?

Thanks,

Sorry again for the long story

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Hey everyone,

Thanks for helping me out with a profile review. Wanted to see what y'all think my chances are at HBS with a strong career background but weaker extracurriculars. Considering applying Round 3 though I know that's where dreams go to die.

Background & Nationality:
Age - 29
Nationality - American Male

GMAT:
Overall - 760
Quant - 50
Verbal - 44
IR - 8
AWA - still waiting on score

Undergrad Information:
University - Low 40s ranked private university
GPA - 3.6
Majors - Double major in Math and Finance
Leadership - Vice President of my fraternity, some volunteer work with the fraternity

Work Experience:
Role - Three years in wealth management at a bulge bracket bank (GS, MS, JPM) followed by four years of buyside equity research at the same bulge bracket bank.
Leadership - actively involved in recruiting every year for the divisions I was in, asked to be a part of a global associate council within asset management (moderated an associate to VP promotion panel), first person in my role to be promoted to VP without individual equity coverage

Community and others:
Generally none which I think is a big downside for me. Got so focused on my career that I didn't do things outside of work.

Post-MBA goals:
Would love to move to one of the technology companies that I cover (large-cap software in particular or one of the internet majors). Business development, product management, etc. Public cloud is a particular interest of mine.
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Hello,
Thank you in advance for answering.
I am a 26years old female from Ivory coast currently living in UK. I spent most of my life in Ivory Coast. In high school I won an award of the best student of my category in the whole country. I did my a level (baccalaureat litteraire) in literature focusing in English,Spanish, history, philosophy and math.
I went to the best university of the country.Even though that university only accept people for scientific background,they did made an exception for me, accept my application and made me take a math test before grant me a place there. I was admitted to the three years program, got a scholarship for three years during those years I was ranked 1st of my class. They then offered me a place in the engineering program, renewed my scholarship for two years, and offered me a two months exchange in UK. Again I took the first place among my peers. In my last year I got recruited by PwC. I spent 9 months there, submitted my thesis and declined a full time offer from them.
To sum up I got 4 as GPA.
I declined PwC offer because I wanted an experience abroad and wanted to have more knowledge in finance, I went to UK and did a MSc in finance (top 15).Due to an accident that happened to me at the beginning of my term, I ended up with a low GPA of 3.7 (2.1).


-Work experience from old to recent:
2months summer internship as account assistant in a microfinance company
8months work experience in a big 4 as a financial auditor
I have been running the family business since I was in my 2nd year at Uni. I expand our business from B2C to B2B, created opportunities outside the country. Now we have our own production facilities, client abroad and retailers buy the product to export it .
I am currently having experience in a fortune 20 as a digital architect and PMO in London

Extracurricular activities
- I was the Vice president of the dancing club in my high school (we were 2nd in a national competition)
- my first two years at Uni I was running the English and literature club of the Freshers
- I became a year later the Project manager of a student start up operating in management,marketing for a year
- the year after I was elected the president of that start up I expanded our activities,improved our revenue by 20% the first year by expanding our activities and clients portfolio.It led me to a second mandate
The second year was even better we had the same growth in term of revenue and profit. One of the client decided to hire me,he made me an offer but I had already accepted the offer of the big 4 so I declined.

I actively participated in Rotaract activities, and st Egidio working with orphans, offering medical kits and working on various projects.
I was also an activist in the LGBT community in my country, counseling and being there for everyone.
I am currently teaching some Basic IT to seniors people here in London
And next month I will start volunteering on weekends for British heart Foundation as well.

I haven't prepared for the GMAT yet,I got the books today...planning to read,get ready and take it because I would like to apply for the 1st round I'm September 2018.
I am interested in Wharton, Stanford,Harvard, Columbia and I would stay LBS.

So my questions are:
Is my work in my family business considered as work experience?
Which score of GMAT should I get to get into top 10 first round?
Can I get into the top 15?

Thanks,

Sorry again for the long story

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Hi - Sounds like you have a very interesting background for business schools - you have competed well locally, received validation from global firms, and now have international experience. Your family work can certainly be considered work experience - might want to see if you can get some experience with people internally and externally who are not family members though. Think your GMAT is not as heavily weighted as you might think - but for the top 10 schools, you might shoot for 650-700. Best
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TinanGoli wrote:
Hello,
Thank you in advance for answering.
I am a 26years old female from Ivory coast currently living in UK. I spent most of my life in Ivory Coast. In high school I won an award of the best student of my category in the whole country. I did my a level (baccalaureat litteraire) in literature focusing in English,Spanish, history, philosophy and math.
I went to the best university of the country.Even though that university only accept people for scientific background,they did made an exception for me, accept my application and made me take a math test before grant me a place there. I was admitted to the three years program, got a scholarship for three years during those years I was ranked 1st of my class. They then offered me a place in the engineering program, renewed my scholarship for two years, and offered me a two months exchange in UK. Again I took the first place among my peers. In my last year I got recruited by PwC. I spent 9 months there, submitted my thesis and declined a full time offer from them.
To sum up I got 4 as GPA.
I declined PwC offer because I wanted an experience abroad and wanted to have more knowledge in finance, I went to UK and did a MSc in finance (top 15).Due to an accident that happened to me at the beginning of my term, I ended up with a low GPA of 3.7 (2.1).


-Work experience from old to recent:
2months summer internship as account assistant in a microfinance company
8months work experience in a big 4 as a financial auditor
I have been running the family business since I was in my 2nd year at Uni. I expand our business from B2C to B2B, created opportunities outside the country. Now we have our own production facilities, client abroad and retailers buy the product to export it .
I am currently having experience in a fortune 20 as a digital architect and PMO in London

Extracurricular activities
- I was the Vice president of the dancing club in my high school (we were 2nd in a national competition)
- my first two years at Uni I was running the English and literature club of the Freshers
- I became a year later the Project manager of a student start up operating in management,marketing for a year
- the year after I was elected the president of that start up I expanded our activities,improved our revenue by 20% the first year by expanding our activities and clients portfolio.It led me to a second mandate
The second year was even better we had the same growth in term of revenue and profit. One of the client decided to hire me,he made me an offer but I had already accepted the offer of the big 4 so I declined.

I actively participated in Rotaract activities, and st Egidio working with orphans, offering medical kits and working on various projects.
I was also an activist in the LGBT community in my country, counseling and being there for everyone.
I am currently teaching some Basic IT to seniors people here in London
And next month I will start volunteering on weekends for British heart Foundation as well.

I haven't prepared for the GMAT yet,I got the books today...planning to read,get ready and take it because I would like to apply for the 1st round I'm September 2018.
I am interested in Wharton, Stanford,Harvard, Columbia and I would stay LBS.

So my questions are:
Is my work in my family business considered as work experience?
Which score of GMAT should I get to get into top 10 first round?
Can I get into the top 15?

Thanks,

Sorry again for the long story

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Hi - Sounds like you have a very interesting background for business schools - you have competed well locally, received validation from global firms, and now have international experience. Your family work can certainly be considered work experience - might want to see if you can get some experience with people internally and externally who are not family members though. Think your GMAT is not as heavily weighted as you might think - but for the top 10 schools, you might shoot for 650-700. Best
Thank you for your the reply.
I will definitely try to get a 720+ .do you think it is possible ? I am planning to take the test end of March beginning of April . I started on Saturday last week,my first practice (diagnostic) was 600. I am reading 2h per day on weekdays and 4hours on weekends

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TinanGoli wrote:
PaulatAlta wrote:
TinanGoli wrote:
Hello,
Thank you in advance for answering.
I am a 26years old female from Ivory coast currently living in UK. I spent most of my life in Ivory Coast. In high school I won an award of the best student of my category in the whole country. I did my a level (baccalaureat litteraire) in literature focusing in English,Spanish, history, philosophy and math.
I went to the best university of the country.Even though that university only accept people for scientific background,they did made an exception for me, accept my application and made me take a math test before grant me a place there. I was admitted to the three years program, got a scholarship for three years during those years I was ranked 1st of my class. They then offered me a place in the engineering program, renewed my scholarship for two years, and offered me a two months exchange in UK. Again I took the first place among my peers. In my last year I got recruited by PwC. I spent 9 months there, submitted my thesis and declined a full time offer from them.
To sum up I got 4 as GPA.
I declined PwC offer because I wanted an experience abroad and wanted to have more knowledge in finance, I went to UK and did a MSc in finance (top 15).Due to an accident that happened to me at the beginning of my term, I ended up with a low GPA of 3.7 (2.1).


-Work experience from old to recent:
2months summer internship as account assistant in a microfinance company
8months work experience in a big 4 as a financial auditor
I have been running the family business since I was in my 2nd year at Uni. I expand our business from B2C to B2B, created opportunities outside the country. Now we have our own production facilities, client abroad and retailers buy the product to export it .
I am currently having experience in a fortune 20 as a digital architect and PMO in London

Extracurricular activities
- I was the Vice president of the dancing club in my high school (we were 2nd in a national competition)
- my first two years at Uni I was running the English and literature club of the Freshers
- I became a year later the Project manager of a student start up operating in management,marketing for a year
- the year after I was elected the president of that start up I expanded our activities,improved our revenue by 20% the first year by expanding our activities and clients portfolio.It led me to a second mandate
The second year was even better we had the same growth in term of revenue and profit. One of the client decided to hire me,he made me an offer but I had already accepted the offer of the big 4 so I declined.

I actively participated in Rotaract activities, and st Egidio working with orphans, offering medical kits and working on various projects.
I was also an activist in the LGBT community in my country, counseling and being there for everyone.
I am currently teaching some Basic IT to seniors people here in London
And next month I will start volunteering on weekends for British heart Foundation as well.

I haven't prepared for the GMAT yet,I got the books today...planning to read,get ready and take it because I would like to apply for the 1st round I'm September 2018.
I am interested in Wharton, Stanford,Harvard, Columbia and I would stay LBS.

So my questions are:
Is my work in my family business considered as work experience?
Which score of GMAT should I get to get into top 10 first round?
Can I get into the top 15?

Thanks,

Sorry again for the long story

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Hi - Sounds like you have a very interesting background for business schools - you have competed well locally, received validation from global firms, and now have international experience. Your family work can certainly be considered work experience - might want to see if you can get some experience with people internally and externally who are not family members though. Think your GMAT is not as heavily weighted as you might think - but for the top 10 schools, you might shoot for 650-700. Best
Thank you for your the reply.
I will definitely try to get a 720+ .do you think it is possible ? I am planning to take the test end of March beginning of April . I started on Saturday last week,my first practice (diagnostic) was 600. I am reading 2h per day on weekdays and 4hours on weekends

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Sounds like you are well on your way. Happy to have an initial chat if might be of help:-) (contact@alta.mba)
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Hey Paul, for people who are in healthcare VC, do they get bucketed into the same group as finance when ad com is assessing their profile or do they look at them with the healthcare folks? thanks
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Hey Paul, for people who are in healthcare VC, do they get bucketed into the same group as finance when ad com is assessing their profile or do they look at them with the healthcare folks? thanks


Hi - Most will bucket you in PE/VC - unless other parts of your background or sincere/passionate career aspirations would lead them to bucket you with potential to lead operating/healthcare companies.
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I am thinking to apply for the 2+2 program as a college graduating senior. Currently, I am working on the GMAT exam and I will have my GMAT exam in mid-March. If I have to retake the exam, it will be a day before the deadline.

Background and nationality: Asian female, from Macau SAR, fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Undergrad Information: Michigan State University Hospitality Business(Bachelor of Arts)
GPA: 3.95/4.00
GMAT: N/A
Work experience and leadership: Two internships in hotel operations, one of them is on the supervisory level.
ECs: International Scholars Advisory Board, Delegation of Outstanding Macau Higher Education Students to the European Union and UNESCO (to promote the exchange and cooperation between Macau SAR and the European Union, as well as UNESCO last summer).

Is this profile worth a shot and is there anything I should be aware of?
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I am thinking to apply for the 2+2 program as a college graduating senior. Currently, I am working on the GMAT exam and I will have my GMAT exam in mid-March. If I have to retake the exam, it will be a day before the deadline.

Background and nationality: Asian female, from Macau SAR, fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Undergrad Information: Michigan State University Hospitality Business(Bachelor of Arts)
GPA: 3.95/4.00
GMAT: N/A
Work experience and leadership: Two internships in hotel operations, one of them is on the supervisory level.
ECs: International Scholars Advisory Board, Delegation of Outstanding Macau Higher Education Students to the European Union and UNESCO (to promote the exchange and cooperation between Macau SAR and the European Union, as well as UNESCO last summer).

Is this profile worth a shot and is there anything I should be aware of?
Thanks!


Hi - Seems you have great academic trackrecord, interesting ECs, and positive demographics. Assuming your GMAT is comparable - you should focus on optimizing your recommendations, developing an interesting story of who you are and your future passions and interest. Happy to have an intro chat of course.
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Hi,
I am 28, female software engineer from India.

Gmat : 680 (q50, v31)

Highest education: B.tech in EEE
Gpa: 3.9
branch topper , gold medallist

12th: 89.6 percent. Amul vidyabhushan award for being a merit student.

10th: 89.8 percent. Merit certificate from CBSE

Work exp: 6.2 years in total
4.5 yrs at TCS, rest at Accenture
Got promoted to Team Lead at Accenture within one year of joining. Leading a complex Oracle BI Apps project with a team of 5 people. Have lead a similar project seamlessly before at TCS as well.

Extra curricular:
Active CSR volunteer.
Promoting digital education among underprivileged children and finding talents within them.
HR SPOC at TCS, responsible for conducting quarterly awards, picnics , small events for about 100 people at Office.

Awards:
Have been star of month for resolving critical issues at work. Got many client appreciations.

Want to go for MBA from HBS as I am looking for a functional shift in my career. I want to go for product management roles after MBA.

What are my chances for HBS? if not HBS, what are the other best choices for my profile? I am looking for IIM ABC , NYU and INSEAD as well.




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Hi,
I am 28, female software engineer from India.

Gmat : 680 (q50, v31)

Highest education: B.tech in EEE
Gpa: 3.9
branch topper , gold medallist

12th: 89.6 percent. Amul vidyabhushan award for being a merit student.

10th: 89.8 percent. Merit certificate from CBSE

Work exp: 6.2 years in total
4.5 yrs at TCS, rest at Accenture
Got promoted to Team Lead at Accenture within one year of joining. Leading a complex Oracle BI Apps project with a team of 5 people. Have lead a similar project seamlessly before at TCS as well.

Extra curricular:
Active CSR volunteer.
Promoting digital education among underprivileged children and finding talents within them.
HR SPOC at TCS, responsible for conducting quarterly awards, picnics , small events for about 100 people at Office.

Awards:
Have been star of month for resolving critical issues at work. Got many client appreciations.

Want to go for MBA from HBS as I am looking for a functional shift in my career. I want to go for product management roles after MBA.

What are my chances for HBS? if not HBS, what are the other best choices for my profile? I am looking for IIM ABC , NYU and INSEAD as well.




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Hi - Always the tough question, of course. Not sure understand your academic record - if you are near the top of your class at an IIT, your chances are very good. You may want to retake your GMAT if not too difficult to improve your score. Considering the demographic challenges as an Indian IT person (though not male), you might consider additional schools depending upon where you plan to work after MBA and the HQ of your firm. While Insead is strong in India, a U.S. school might be preferred at a place like Accenture. Many possibilities in the U.S. of course.
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Background and nationality: 24 y/o white male from midwest (not aiming for B-School until 25), Economics B.A from the University of Minnesota, first-generation college student, youngest of 3 siblings & the only to graduate High School, there's slightly more information that portrays a clearer adversity story.

(Interested to hear feedback if I should use this angle, I personally am not a giant fan as I feel like it comes off as 'poor me', but I do know schools like the adversity stories...)

GPA: 3.62/4.00
GMAT: 720 (48Q/41V/7IR)
Work experience and leadership: Strategy consultant at a smaller 100-150 practice within a much larger, well-known company. It is fast growing. Received early promotion. Lots of project experience with top 50 tech companies.

At my company, I primarily led the charge to establish a partnership with a local non-profit that supports individuals related to my possible adversity story noted up above (mental illness/homelessness of family). I continue to participate in this monthly program/volunteering opportunity.

Prior to this, I had college internships with the U.S. International Trade Administration (domestically and internationally) where I supported the export growth of small U.S. businesses.

Additionally, in college, I was the president of a social-fraternity of 100+ members. Is this experience worth sharing? I personally found it to be an incredibly valuable experience, but I understand the stigma that exists with fraternities.

Extra-Curricular: As mentioned above, I volunteer at a local non-profit. For this same non-profit, I have participated in a pro-bono consulting project to analyze & improve their long-term sustainability.

Outside of this, I am looking to get more involved in the community around me over the next two years. Currently considering Rotary club and other non-profits, but as I haven't done this yet, don't add weight to it.

Other:
Career goal/reason for MBA - since I started taking my career seriously, I have been very interested in venture capital/private equity (w/tech focus). I want an MBA to acquire finance skills, but more importantly to open doors to this incredibly difficult industry. Alternatively but still related, I am interested in corporate development/strategy at the major tech firms.

One of my recommendations will come from a current manager who pushed my case to get me promoted early and will write a glowing rec. She is a very experienced consultant with experience from big name consulting firms and an MBA from top 25. I am unsure of 2nd rec, chances are it will be from a director level individual from a client that has seen my impact their organization.

I am curious to hear thoughts on how adcom's would view a job change at this stage of my career. I have been reached out to by other management consulting companies for offers $120k+, which is a significant bump from my current salary. These jobs are also located in a major city that is both closer to my parents and more desirable to live. The project work is also more diverse. Would a career change look bad or is it irrelevant?

Happy to share more information & greatly appreciate any/all thought out replies.
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2+2 hopeful! Would love thoughts on my chances and what I should focus on with the the month and a half I have left to apply


Work experience: Accepted offer with T2 consulting firm
Extra curriculars: Have extensive volunteer and leadership experience around organization that supports Hispanic high school and college students.
Undergrad school/major: Top 15, Engineering Major

Race/nationality: Hispanic (Naturalized US Citizen)
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GMAT Score (include breakdown!): 730 (48Q 42 V) I should've done better on the Q, I messed that up!
Undergrad GPA: 3.72
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vickyleewk wrote:
I am thinking to apply for the 2+2 program as a college graduating senior. Currently, I am working on the GMAT exam and I will have my GMAT exam in mid-March. If I have to retake the exam, it will be a day before the deadline.

Background and nationality: Asian female, from Macau SAR, fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Undergrad Information: Michigan State University Hospitality Business(Bachelor of Arts)
GPA: 3.95/4.00
GMAT: N/A
Work experience and leadership: Two internships in hotel operations, one of them is on the supervisory level.
ECs: International Scholars Advisory Board, Delegation of Outstanding Macau Higher Education Students to the European Union and UNESCO (to promote the exchange and cooperation between Macau SAR and the European Union, as well as UNESCO last summer).

Is this profile worth a shot and is there anything I should be aware of?
Thanks!


Hi - Seems you have great academic trackrecord, interesting ECs, and positive demographics. Assuming your GMAT is comparable - you should focus on optimizing your recommendations, developing an interesting story of who you are and your future passions and interest. Happy to have an intro chat of course.



Paul, thanks for the reply! I just start preparing for my GMAT test and I am a little bit nervous now. I know I should get as high as I can, but I would like what score will be considered as "comparable" in the 2+2 program.
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Background and nationality: 24 y/o white male from midwest (not aiming for B-School until 25), Economics B.A from the University of Minnesota, first-generation college student, youngest of 3 siblings & the only to graduate High School, there's slightly more information that portrays a clearer adversity story.

(Interested to hear feedback if I should use this angle, I personally am not a giant fan as I feel like it comes off as 'poor me', but I do know schools like the adversity stories...)

GPA: 3.62/4.00
GMAT: 720 (48Q/41V/7IR)
Work experience and leadership: Strategy consultant at a smaller 100-150 practice within a much larger, well-known company. It is fast growing. Received early promotion. Lots of project experience with top 50 tech companies.

At my company, I primarily led the charge to establish a partnership with a local non-profit that supports individuals related to my possible adversity story noted up above (mental illness/homelessness of family). I continue to participate in this monthly program/volunteering opportunity.

Prior to this, I had college internships with the U.S. International Trade Administration (domestically and internationally) where I supported the export growth of small U.S. businesses.

Additionally, in college, I was the president of a social-fraternity of 100+ members. Is this experience worth sharing? I personally found it to be an incredibly valuable experience, but I understand the stigma that exists with fraternities.

Extra-Curricular: As mentioned above, I volunteer at a local non-profit. For this same non-profit, I have participated in a pro-bono consulting project to analyze & improve their long-term sustainability.

Outside of this, I am looking to get more involved in the community around me over the next two years. Currently considering Rotary club and other non-profits, but as I haven't done this yet, don't add weight to it.

Other:
Career goal/reason for MBA - since I started taking my career seriously, I have been very interested in venture capital/private equity (w/tech focus). I want an MBA to acquire finance skills, but more importantly to open doors to this incredibly difficult industry. Alternatively but still related, I am interested in corporate development/strategy at the major tech firms.

One of my recommendations will come from a current manager who pushed my case to get me promoted early and will write a glowing rec. She is a very experienced consultant with experience from big name consulting firms and an MBA from top 25. I am unsure of 2nd rec, chances are it will be from a director level individual from a client that has seen my impact their organization.

I am curious to hear thoughts on how adcom's would view a job change at this stage of my career. I have been reached out to by other management consulting companies for offers $120k+, which is a significant bump from my current salary. These jobs are also located in a major city that is both closer to my parents and more desirable to live. The project work is also more diverse. Would a career change look bad or is it irrelevant?

Happy to share more information & greatly appreciate any/all thought out replies.


Thanks for sharing! Few thoughts:
- Think your adversity story is important but helpful if you have a sense of how that has impacted who you are and if you have done anything (with your non-profit etc.) to "compensate".
- Fraternity leadership is recognized, but you may want to offset with extracurricular at an organization that shows that you are open to diversity.
- If you are serious about PE/VC, you probably need to switch jobs to a PE/VC or I-Bank that will help you get a PE/VC internship at B-School Tough to get a PE/VC permanent job without prior experience.

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vickyleewk wrote:
PaulatAlta wrote:
vickyleewk wrote:
I am thinking to apply for the 2+2 program as a college graduating senior. Currently, I am working on the GMAT exam and I will have my GMAT exam in mid-March. If I have to retake the exam, it will be a day before the deadline.

Background and nationality: Asian female, from Macau SAR, fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Undergrad Information: Michigan State University Hospitality Business(Bachelor of Arts)
GPA: 3.95/4.00
GMAT: N/A
Work experience and leadership: Two internships in hotel operations, one of them is on the supervisory level.
ECs: International Scholars Advisory Board, Delegation of Outstanding Macau Higher Education Students to the European Union and UNESCO (to promote the exchange and cooperation between Macau SAR and the European Union, as well as UNESCO last summer).

Is this profile worth a shot and is there anything I should be aware of?
Thanks!


Hi - Seems you have great academic trackrecord, interesting ECs, and positive demographics. Assuming your GMAT is comparable - you should focus on optimizing your recommendations, developing an interesting story of who you are and your future passions and interest. Happy to have an intro chat of course.



Paul, thanks for the reply! I just start preparing for my GMAT test and I am a little bit nervous now. I know I should get as high as I can, but I would like what score will be considered as "comparable" in the 2+2 program.


It will depend on if you position yourself as Chinese or American. The Chinese scores tend to be higher of course. It really is about doing the best you can - do not want to overstretch or get nervous. The average is around 730, so bit above or below should be your target depending upon your demographic pool. Please remember that your grades are good - so the GMAT is not as relevant.
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for helping me out with a profile review. Wanted to see what y'all think my chances are at HBS with a strong career background but weaker extracurriculars. Considering applying Round 3 though I know that's where dreams go to die.

Background & Nationality:
Age - 29
Nationality - American Male

GMAT:
Overall - 760
Quant - 50
Verbal - 44
IR - 8
AWA - still waiting on score

Undergrad Information:
University - Low 40s ranked private university
GPA - 3.6
Majors - Double major in Math and Finance
Leadership - Vice President of my fraternity, some volunteer work with the fraternity

Work Experience:
Role - Three years in wealth management at a bulge bracket bank (GS, MS, JPM) followed by four years of buyside equity research at the same bulge bracket bank.
Leadership - actively involved in recruiting every year for the divisions I was in, asked to be a part of a global associate council within asset management (moderated an associate to VP promotion panel), first person in my role to be promoted to VP without individual equity coverage

Community and others:
Generally none which I think is a big downside for me. Got so focused on my career that I didn't do things outside of work.

Post-MBA goals:
Would love to move to one of the technology companies that I cover (large-cap software in particular or one of the internet majors). Business development, product management, etc. Public cloud is a particular interest of mine.


Congrats on a great GMAT score! You clearly have the intellectual capacity to make great use of an MBA education. As with all candidates, tough to count on getting into HBS - but you certainly seem qualified for a top school. You are starting to get on the older side - so will probably want to apply soon:-)
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