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Healthcare background, HBS ($100K) and Kellogg ($100K) admits

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I am an engineer with 3+ years of experience in Healthcare and was targeting the top b-schools. I was only aware of a few elements of the application process (GMAT, need for essays and recommendation letters, etc.). I had limited idea about school profiles, application strategies and school selection. So there was a lot of research to be done.

I was crunched for time given my work commitments so in round 1 I decided to apply to Harvard, Kellogg and Darden. I took the approach of applying to a couple of dream schools and one school I considered a safety.

The toughest challenge was identifying the focal points of my personal and professional story. I would suggest everyone to think about this deeply as these anchor the overall application in terms of essays and interview prep.

I was thinking of my work more in terms of tasks and responsibilities and at first had a resume more like one I would use to apply for a job in my industry.
I took a lot of input and started thinking at a more strategic level and was able to showcase the my varied functional experience and the impact I had made.

For the essays especially for Harvard I thought about why I was doing what I was doing and also showcased some characteristics of my background. I also focused more on people aspects, learning and growth and less on acheivements (which are on the resume).

Over seemingly endless iterations, I could put together a comprehensive application that brought out the strengths in my profile. I also specifically catered essays for each school. While going through the early drafts of some of my essays, I realized the evolution in ideas, the clarity of thought and the nuances in language as they evolved. I think it is important to learn from each application and apply those lessons in the next one.

For interview prep I suggest practicing multiple experiential answers and practicing them. The interviews were different Harvard was a quick fire one whereas Darden was more a life story. I focused a lot on conveying the necessary information in a short time, especially required for the Harvard interview. Also, have a plan for the post interview reflection and as soon as you come out of the interview make notes on specific anecdotes or exchanges.

During this process I worked with two counselors Sandy Kreisberg (known for harvard) and Rajdeep Chimni. The process was very different with Sandy's being over email and telling me whats wrong but no insight on what to do. Rajdeep's was over the phone with discussions on each aspect and illustrations on what to do. Midway I just started working with Rajdeep. I dont't mean to say one is better than the other as these are the best in the world. But you should understand the working style and the associated costs before you sign a consultant.

Chimni helped me receive admits from-

Harvard with $100K aid.

Kellogg with $100K scholarship.

I was waitlisted at Darden my safety school! I would suggest not taking any school lightly as one never knows. Glad to have gotten into my dream school and looking forward to HBS!
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Re: Healthcare background, HBS ($100K) and Kellogg ($100K) admits  [#permalink]

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anoopdate wrote:
I am an engineer with 3+ years of experience in Healthcare and was targeting the top b-schools. I was only aware of a few elements of the application process (GMAT, need for essays and recommendation letters, etc.). I had limited idea about school profiles, application strategies and school selection. So there was a lot of research to be done.

I was crunched for time given my work commitments so in round 1 I decided to apply to Harvard, Kellogg and Darden. I took the approach of applying to a couple of dream schools and one school I considered a safety.

The toughest challenge was identifying the focal points of my personal and professional story. I would suggest everyone to think about this deeply as these anchor the overall application in terms of essays and interview prep.

I was thinking of my work more in terms of tasks and responsibilities and at first had a resume more like one I would use to apply for a job in my industry.
I took a lot of input and started thinking at a more strategic level and was able to showcase the my varied functional experience and the impact I had made.

For the essays especially for Harvard I thought about why I was doing what I was doing and also showcased some characteristics of my background. I also focused more on people aspects, learning and growth and less on acheivements (which are on the resume).

Over seemingly endless iterations, I could put together a comprehensive application that brought out the strengths in my profile. I also specifically catered essays for each school. While going through the early drafts of some of my essays, I realized the evolution in ideas, the clarity of thought and the nuances in language as they evolved. I think it is important to learn from each application and apply those lessons in the next one.

For interview prep I suggest practicing multiple experiential answers and practicing them. The interviews were different Harvard was a quick fire one whereas Darden was more a life story. I focused a lot on conveying the necessary information in a short time, especially required for the Harvard interview. Also, have a plan for the post interview reflection and as soon as you come out of the interview make notes on specific anecdotes or exchanges.

During this process I worked with two counselors Sandy Kreisberg (known for harvard) and Rajdeep Chimni. The process was very different with Sandy's being over email and telling me whats wrong but no insight on what to do. Rajdeep's was over the phone with discussions on each aspect and illustrations on what to do. Midway I just started working with Rajdeep. I dont't mean to say one is better than the other as these are the best in the world. But you should understand the working style and the associated costs before you sign a consultant.

Chimni helped me receive admits from-

Harvard with $100K aid.
Kellogg with $100K scholarship.

I was waitlisted at Darden my safety school! I would suggest not taking any school lightly as one never knows. Glad to have gotten into my dream school and looking forward to HBS!



Hello anoopdate ....... congratulations on the great feet. All the very best for your forthcoming journey.
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Congrats on getting in to two great schools and really surprised with a ding from UVA. As you rightly said, one should not at all take any school lightly.

Just curious, what was GMAT score? Also could you pls tell us about your post MBA plans? Thank you!
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anoopdate wrote:
I am an engineer with 3+ years of experience in Healthcare and was targeting the top b-schools. I was only aware of a few elements of the application process (GMAT, need for essays and recommendation letters, etc.). I had limited idea about school profiles, application strategies and school selection. So there was a lot of research to be done.

I was crunched for time given my work commitments so in round 1 I decided to apply to Harvard, Kellogg and Darden. I took the approach of applying to a couple of dream schools and one school I considered a safety.

The toughest challenge was identifying the focal points of my personal and professional story. I would suggest everyone to think about this deeply as these anchor the overall application in terms of essays and interview prep.

I was thinking of my work more in terms of tasks and responsibilities and at first had a resume more like one I would use to apply for a job in my industry.
I took a lot of input and started thinking at a more strategic level and was able to showcase the my varied functional experience and the impact I had made.

For the essays especially for Harvard I thought about why I was doing what I was doing and also showcased some characteristics of my background. I also focused more on people aspects, learning and growth and less on acheivements (which are on the resume).

Over seemingly endless iterations, I could put together a comprehensive application that brought out the strengths in my profile. I also specifically catered essays for each school. While going through the early drafts of some of my essays, I realized the evolution in ideas, the clarity of thought and the nuances in language as they evolved. I think it is important to learn from each application and apply those lessons in the next one.

For interview prep I suggest practicing multiple experiential answers and practicing them. The interviews were different Harvard was a quick fire one whereas Darden was more a life story. I focused a lot on conveying the necessary information in a short time, especially required for the Harvard interview. Also, have a plan for the post interview reflection and as soon as you come out of the interview make notes on specific anecdotes or exchanges.

During this process I worked with two counselors Sandy Kreisberg (known for harvard) and Rajdeep Chimni. The process was very different with Sandy's being over email and telling me whats wrong but no insight on what to do. Rajdeep's was over the phone with discussions on each aspect and illustrations on what to do. Midway I just started working with Rajdeep. I dont't mean to say one is better than the other as these are the best in the world. But you should understand the working style and the associated costs before you sign a consultant.

Chimni helped me receive admits from-

Harvard with $100K aid.

Kellogg with $100K scholarship.

I was waitlisted at Darden my safety school! I would suggest not taking any school lightly as one never knows. Glad to have gotten into my dream school and looking forward to HBS!


Thanks Anoop & Congratulations for the two big admits.
Can you tell us your GMAT score and from whom you got your recommendation letters i mean your boss or someone else ?
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