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Latin American - Accepted at Wharton and worked for my Top1 choice

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Hi,

I would like to tell my story. My key takeaways from this story are two: although is a hard process, the MBA application tests basically grit! and... the GMAT is only one piece of the application (really!).

My profile
I started this journey almost four years ago when I decided that I needed an MBA to get to better job positions and in the long term, to become a CEO of a large corporation on my region (Latin America). I'm from Chile, studied in one in the best universities of my country (PUC). I studied Business and Economics and then I did a Master in Economics (Ph.D. in Econ was my path at that time). Almost 5 years of working experience in Corporate Development and a part-time university professor (Economics 101).

GMAT
I did it four times! The first time was in 2012, but I did it without studying, just to see what this is about, hoping (this was very dumb) that I would be able to have a good score without studying it. "I was good at math and I read a lot of books in English, so I would be OK". Obviously, I got a bad score: 610.
Then, in 2013 I was decided to get my MBA. I studied for my GMAT (for real this time!) and I got a surprising result: 670 with V38(84%) and Q44(61%). Never in my life, I had had those scores in V. But my math was very weak. So, the second time (for real)! Let's study math. Result? The opposite. 660 with V33(68%) and Q49(80%). Damn it. Not good. Last time... If I don't have a good score (good enough) I'm not pursuing an MBA and I will wait another year. My prep? Just a couple of extra practice tests every weekend and some work on my weaknesses (SC and DS). Final score: 700(89%) :) with V36(80%) and Q49(81%). Both strong enough to be near the Top10%. Good!

TOEFL
That was one shot and it was OK. 106. Not good enough for Harvard (not on my shortlist anyway) but good enough.

Applications
I applied to 5 schools on R1 and 1 for R2 (because I didn't have too much time to dedicate to R2)
My shortlist: Stanford, Kellogg, Haas, Fuqua, Anderson. Between Wharton and Booth for R1, I chose to apply to Wharton.
PostMBA career goal? PE in Latin America.
Results? Stanford dinged; Kellogg, 1R interview (of course... they interview everyone), dinged; Haas, 1R interview, waitlist; Fuqua; 1R interview, waitlist; Anderson: 1R interview, waitlist. Not good either.
For R2 I did a better job researching the schools (Booth vs. Wharton) and talking with alumni. Networking. Then.. I decided to go for Wharton. It was the best school and I had a very good fit with those two. Let's try to reach to the top... and it worked! They sent me the acceptance letter after the TBD and everything was perfect! After a lot of suffering, I was able to get that letter from one of the H/S/W.

MBA
Best two years of my life. The put me constantly out of my comfort zone. Personally and professionally. I met great friends, great people. Great classes!

PostMBA
I worked on my Top1 choice (Apple) on my Top1 job position (Operations, Analytics) for 2.5 years. I was able to live in Cupertino, California. Very hard to keep a good quality of life in Silicon Valley, so decided to go back to my home country and now I'm working for a consulting firm :) ... and launching a new MBA Admissions service targeted to Spanish-speaking applicants!
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New post 19 Sep 2019, 21:16
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Welcome to GMAT Club Javier!

It is great to have you on the site and it should be a great to help to the many Latin American Applicants.

For those Latin Americans looking to see what schools/options and scores are needed, you can check the decision tracker (this is the list of all admitted people with Origin as Latin America in the last 3 years: https://gmatclub.com/forum/decision-tra ... %20America ) You can also change it to show both admitted and dinged and see the proportion and how you fit in if you know your GMAT score already.


Your story seems to resonate with feedback I have been getting from some other GMAT Club alumni who worked in Silicon valley. It is hard to make a living even with a $200,000 salary. I know it sounds unbelievable to those abroad but things add up and taxes take a good bite of it. Wish you best of luck and congratulations on your new venture and new chapter in your life!

Again, welcome to GMAT Club,
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Are there particular US schools that target Latin Americans?
Does the name 'Wharton' mean anything in Chile or more broadly in South America?
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Welcome to GMAT Club Javier!

For those Latin Americans looking to see what schools/options and scores are needed, you can check the decision tracker (this is the list of all admitted people with Origin as Latin America in the last 3 years: https://gmatclub.com/forum/decision-tra ... %20America ) You can also change it to show both admitted and dinged and see the proportion and how you fit in if you know your GMAT score already.

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What a great tool! Nice to have this information!
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New post 20 Sep 2019, 16:49
philipssonicare wrote:
Are there particular US schools that target Latin Americans?


Yes. There are some schools that have a HUGE alumni network at least here in Chile. UCLA Anderson has a great alumni network. Same with Booth and Fuqua. There is a lot of history between Chile and some of these schools that in the past accepted a lot of Chileans over there.

philipssonicare wrote:
Does the name 'Wharton' mean anything in Chile or more broadly in South America?


Actually not that much. I always says the same thing but I had to explain to my dad that what was Wharton when I told him that I was going for two years to Philly. My dad work in agriculture so he wasn't that aware of Wharton. With Harvard it would have been a completely different story.
In other Latin American countries, the story is different. For example, Wharton is huge in Brazil.
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