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Dear Admissionado,

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Home: Midwest, United States (one of the least populated states)—native English speaker

University/GPA/Major: Medium-sized liberal arts university located in the Midwest, USA.; GPA: 3.86; BA History; Magna Cum Laude

GMAT: 1st attempt-- 710 Q48 V39 IR6 AWA?

When to attend MBA school? 3 years from now—ie I don’t intend to start until Fall 2019 at the earliest, but most likely Fall 2020.

Work Experience:
Month-long internship in Japan at one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. Dealt with fortune 500 companies. Worked in trademarks, patents, copyrights, presented to design-team attorneys in an effort to provide a potential solution to a client’s problem. I have a well-written, and generously positive cv addendum piece written by the owner and founder of the firm. In it he described my role at the company, and my character traits—all very positive.

24-months at a very successful finance/banking company in my local town. It is a company that one of my relatives owns—thus I have had a very unique and positive experience there. I work on various projects, all of which are meant to simply add value to the firm. I have worked on finding a property for my company to move into. Thus, lots of experience in the city’s local real estate. I presented to management the pros and cons of the various properties I had in mind. Ultimately, we went with the property I was most in favor of. This deal was a multi-million dollar property. Up to date, this has been my proudest achievement at the office—and I intend to spotlight this well in my application.

At this trust company, I have also created and presented my thoughts on a 5-year capital plan. I suggested various ways in which the firm could retain more of its earnings. Moreover, I suggested ideas as to what these retained earnings could be invested in—one of these ideas was the very building we ended up purchasing. I have also dealt with fee structuring for clients; space-reconfiguration for employees at current office; and am working on composing a piece describing the benefits of the industry that my firm works in has to the state in which it is located.
I intend on continuing to work at this firm for an additional year—and then I will be moving to a larger city in the Midwest, and be getting a job there for approximately 2.5 years until I am ready to begin school.

Extra Facts:
• Attended a top-10 MBA school for a month during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. I took various classes at the school; and, the experience culminated with a group presentation to various business executives and professors. The presentation was on a valuation of a publically-traded company to various business leaders and professors.
• I am co-founder and co-manager of a start-up real estate investment company that owns a small 5-unit apartment in my local town. This is my largest passion.
• In my part-time, I am also working for an insurance-consulting business that works primarily provides insurance consulting for international clients.
• Took an introductory MBA-level Foundations in Economics course this past fall. Received an A.
• Sport Enthusiast; and avid reader
• Series 6 and 63 certified

Aspirations:
It is my hope to attend one of the top-10 MBA schools. Of course, at first blush, HBS and Stanford are my dream schools. I do really need some guidance, however, in that I am not certain how to best achieve acceptance into these schools.

I want my real estate company to grow exponentially. I want it to get into commercial properties, and eventually help to develop my city’s real estate. I also want this company to evolve, in that its purpose is not entirely real estate, but has the awareness to engage in other investments outside of just the scope of real estate.

Questions:
How does my profile stack up for a top-10 MBA school? How about HBS and Stanford?
Are there any key components missing in my profile? I am not yet very community involved, and feel I ought to be for many more reasons than just that it would potentially augment my application.
Should I retake the GMAT? I have not yet asked this on the forum, and I understand that this question may better be asked elsewhere, but I am curious as to what an admissions individual would suggest after knowing more of ‘my story’

Thank you very much for your time--and I'm sorry for the length of this post!
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mcdo0351 wrote:
Dear Admissionado,

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Home: Midwest, United States (one of the least populated states)—native English speaker

University/GPA/Major: Medium-sized liberal arts university located in the Midwest, USA.; GPA: 3.86; BA History; Magna Cum Laude

GMAT: 1st attempt-- 710 Q48 V39 IR6 AWA?

When to attend MBA school? 3 years from now—ie I don’t intend to start until Fall 2019 at the earliest, but most likely Fall 2020.

Work Experience:
Month-long internship in Japan at one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. Dealt with fortune 500 companies. Worked in trademarks, patents, copyrights, presented to design-team attorneys in an effort to provide a potential solution to a client’s problem. I have a well-written, and generously positive cv addendum piece written by the owner and founder of the firm. In it he described my role at the company, and my character traits—all very positive.

24-months at a very successful finance/banking company in my local town. It is a company that one of my relatives owns—thus I have had a very unique and positive experience there. I work on various projects, all of which are meant to simply add value to the firm. I have worked on finding a property for my company to move into. Thus, lots of experience in the city’s local real estate. I presented to management the pros and cons of the various properties I had in mind. Ultimately, we went with the property I was most in favor of. This deal was a multi-million dollar property. Up to date, this has been my proudest achievement at the office—and I intend to spotlight this well in my application.

At this trust company, I have also created and presented my thoughts on a 5-year capital plan. I suggested various ways in which the firm could retain more of its earnings. Moreover, I suggested ideas as to what these retained earnings could be invested in—one of these ideas was the very building we ended up purchasing. I have also dealt with fee structuring for clients; space-reconfiguration for employees at current office; and am working on composing a piece describing the benefits of the industry that my firm works in has to the state in which it is located.
I intend on continuing to work at this firm for an additional year—and then I will be moving to a larger city in the Midwest, and be getting a job there for approximately 2.5 years until I am ready to begin school.

Extra Facts:
• Attended a top-10 MBA school for a month during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. I took various classes at the school; and, the experience culminated with a group presentation to various business executives and professors. The presentation was on a valuation of a publically-traded company to various business leaders and professors.
• I am co-founder and co-manager of a start-up real estate investment company that owns a small 5-unit apartment in my local town. This is my largest passion.
• In my part-time, I am also working for an insurance-consulting business that works primarily provides insurance consulting for international clients.
• Took an introductory MBA-level Foundations in Economics course this past fall. Received an A.
• Sport Enthusiast; and avid reader
• Series 6 and 63 certified

Aspirations:
It is my hope to attend one of the top-10 MBA schools. Of course, at first blush, HBS and Stanford are my dream schools. I do really need some guidance, however, in that I am not certain how to best achieve acceptance into these schools.

I want my real estate company to grow exponentially. I want it to get into commercial properties, and eventually help to develop my city’s real estate. I also want this company to evolve, in that its purpose is not entirely real estate, but has the awareness to engage in other investments outside of just the scope of real estate.

Questions:
How does my profile stack up for a top-10 MBA school? How about HBS and Stanford?
Are there any key components missing in my profile? I am not yet very community involved, and feel I ought to be for many more reasons than just that it would potentially augment my application.
Should I retake the GMAT? I have not yet asked this on the forum, and I understand that this question may better be asked elsewhere, but I am curious as to what an admissions individual would suggest after knowing more of ‘my story’

Thank you very much for your time--and I'm sorry for the length of this post!


So far I think the most promising thing about your profile is that it's very interesting.
You have this family business which you seem to have had a strong impact on; you have your real estate project, you have this stint in Japan and that attending an MBA program as a very young guy. It' s all pretty stand-out stuff. That plus valedictorian = not too shabby :)

In the next years I would say your main goals should be:
- Land a really good job. It doesn't matter which industry. Something you will like.
- Keep grow that real estate company. The bigger, the better.
- If you can simultaneously keep up with the family business, even in some sort of advisory role as you work elsewhere it will look good.
- Don't forget volunteer work/community service!!! Where possible, take a LEADERSHIP role

As for the GMAT, a retake is something you can and should consider if you believe you can get higher. Now you don't have to retake, and yes you CAN get into Top 10 programs without a higher GMAT, but if you are relatively sure you can get higher, there's no reason not to attempt. Especially since you can cancel your score. It can only help.

I hope this has helped,
Keep it up dude, you're doing fantastic.

Best,
Jon
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New post 22 Mar 2017, 10:55
Hey thank you JonAdmissionado--I truly appreciate the thoughtful response. You've given me some unique pieces of advice that I can go off of.

Growing that real estate company is totally my greatest passion in my career. Reaching out to you, and others, has caused me to think more on the direction of my career. As a result, I have been able to create more clarity:

Ultimately, I want to create a holding company that holds my current company that I co-own, as well as hold additional assets--in particular, a wholly-owned real estate investment subsidiary. Eventually, it is my goal to have this evolve into investing in other industries, apart from real estate--however, never leaving behind my core passion in real estate. Reaching out to you has caused me to ponder this 'future' and has stoked the fire, so to speak, and propelled me into getting this dream of mine going sooner rather than later.

I love your idea of still trying to keep a foot in the door with the family business even while I am out of state. I had not thought of that--and so I will think on how best that could play out.

Volunteer/community work, as I mentioned in my previous post, is something that has not taken the forefront of my mind as much as it should. Currently changing that.

And lastly, I am understanding this general theme of leadership--always room for me to personally grow, and to take on roles that reflect more than just me, but others, too.

Oh and as for the GMAT--deep down, I do feel as if I can do better. I happened to do well the day of the test (710 was a personal best), but I had purposefully taken the exam a little earlier than desired. As such, I know there are further subjects to study that I have not mastered. Moreover, I'm hopeful that the experience I gained by taking the exam for the first time will ultimately benefit me for my second attempt.

Again, thanks for your thoughtful advice!
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New post 23 Mar 2017, 08:57
mcdo0351 wrote:
Hey thank you JonAdmissionado--I truly appreciate the thoughtful response. You've given me some unique pieces of advice that I can go off of.

Growing that real estate company is totally my greatest passion in my career. Reaching out to you, and others, has caused me to think more on the direction of my career. As a result, I have been able to create more clarity:

Ultimately, I want to create a holding company that holds my current company that I co-own, as well as hold additional assets--in particular, a wholly-owned real estate investment subsidiary. Eventually, it is my goal to have this evolve into investing in other industries, apart from real estate--however, never leaving behind my core passion in real estate. Reaching out to you has caused me to ponder this 'future' and has stoked the fire, so to speak, and propelled me into getting this dream of mine going sooner rather than later.

I love your idea of still trying to keep a foot in the door with the family business even while I am out of state. I had not thought of that--and so I will think on how best that could play out.

Volunteer/community work, as I mentioned in my previous post, is something that has not taken the forefront of my mind as much as it should. Currently changing that.

And lastly, I am understanding this general theme of leadership--always room for me to personally grow, and to take on roles that reflect more than just me, but others, too.

Oh and as for the GMAT--deep down, I do feel as if I can do better. I happened to do well the day of the test (710 was a personal best), but I had purposefully taken the exam a little earlier than desired. As such, I know there are further subjects to study that I have not mastered. Moreover, I'm hopeful that the experience I gained by taking the exam for the first time will ultimately benefit me for my second attempt.

Again, thanks for your thoughtful advice!


Well, you're welcome dude.
I'm glad to have provoked some new ideas!

I think you have a good handle on things. I would say, since you are talking about a few years in the future, try and nail that GMAT first. You just studied. You definitely don't want to have to start from scratch again. So buckle down and get that stuff out of the way, and then forget about it for the rest of your life.

For the rest, seems like you have a good handle on things. Small tip r.e. volunteer work - really good stuff is a) leadership b) fundraising c) politics d)church/mosque/synagogue. I mean there's lots of great stuff out there, but somehow these are real good :)

Best,
Jon Frank
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