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New post 30 Sep 2012, 21:40
Give it to me straight...

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3.3 gpa from non target public uni in finance/accounting. GMAT: aiming for 720 (let's keep this a variable). 20 months at a fortune 5 oil company in their finance rotational program; I've been moved to jobs with greater responsibility 2 times in these 20 months (considered move ups at my company). I intend to begin business school in the fall of 2014 (will have 3.5-4 yrs of experience by then).

I have just started working with a refugee organization in Houston that does teenage mentoring for a few hours per week. I am also very close to joining a non-profit organization that specializes in consulting Houston area small business on how to run an efficient and profitable business.

I have started an alternative transcript at UCLA Extention...I have taken one class, Corporate Finance, got an A+ in it...I will be taking Calculus and maybe Statistics next year to prove that I can do my math. Also, I am sitting for the CFA level 2 in June...I definitely have a tight schedule for the next 1-2 years.

I am really trying to bust my butt to make it into Columbia/NYU. The reason I am choosing these schools is not only because of their academic rankings but also because they are in NYC....2 years in the City would be pretty badass.

If I can't get into these schools then my next choice would be to go to Rice in Houston. I am not interested in going out west or any other area besides NYC..

My post-MBA goals are to get into Energy IB. I am working as a finance/performance analyst on the trade floor of this oil company, i am learning the business well...i think I can transfer this technical knowledge to an Energy IB firm...that's my angle.

Any advice is appreciated..

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New post 05 Oct 2012, 10:31
sounds like you have your heart set on the big apple, but one thing to consider is your post MBA industry is heavily concentrated in Houston and Dallas. Have you thought about UT Austin for MBA? You could do an internship in NYC if you really wanted to, but likely your connections you'd make in Texas would go far in helping you achieve your energy trading goals. Not trying to rain on your plans, but just a thought. As for what you are doing to become eligible for NYU or Columbia, it sounds like you are indeed doing all you can. One of the hurdles will be where you went to undergrad, which will be more heavily scrutinized by Columbia. As an ivy league school, they can be a bit snobbish about a non-pedigreed background (academically speaking). Make sure you visit these schools too to ensure you are going to school with people you will like and get along with. Remember, one of the biggest advantages of b-school is the network and it will be with you the rest of your life. Make sure you do your due dillgence on how many alumni from your target institutions end up in energy industry. If you like ivy league type atmosphere and can get over your desire to go to school in the big city (where frankly the bonding with your classmates is not nearly as strong because everyone scatters to the four corners of Manhattan after class), you might take a look at Duke, where they have a great energy concentration too.

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