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New post 27 Jun 2017, 09:21
Hi All,

just wondering if plain vanilla candidate have any realistic shots (>60%).

gender/ethnicity: asian male, currently 27, hoping to enroll in fall of 2018

graduated college with a degree in finance, and econ, 3.5gpa in 2013.

since then, i've worked my way to a 3rd year associate position at a bank (hopefully VP by Jan)

my application is pretty plain otherwise (no serious charity, non profit, leadership, tutoring, save the world). I sat for the CFA level 3 this past June and (will hopefully get some good news in august). i also have a fiance and a cat (see below for picture of said cat).

i took the GMAT in 2014, got a 710 (relatively bad quant score 41, and alright verbal 46). I think I'm much stronger than that (can hope to get a 740 - 760).

aim of going to business school would be to retarget myself to go into corp strategy at a start-up.

so my question to you all would be:

is my profile realistic for columbia or am i too much of a plain jane?

Is it even worth retaking Gmat (does the 710 suffice)

Would being married be positive to my application?

Should I join some non profits or volunteer my time or would adcom see through my ruse

Would an admissions consultant help? I'm not am awful writer but could def use help on the softer side (recommendations, logistics)

would appreciate any comments or advise.

thanks
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New post 27 Jun 2017, 22:46
Hi lapperz,

Plain Janes do make it. There are only few world-savers and benevolent charity-givers.

To answer your specific questions, look for instances of strong performance at work. Career growth. Impact. That’s important. Leadership doesn’t flow from formal roles, but from certain qualities (convincing people, stepping out of comfort zone, going beyond the call of duty, accepting mistakes, riding out difficult situations, willingness to learn, and so on) you show in any designation.

Non-profit work is not an end in itself. It’s to show your interests outside professional work, which most people have. So, you need not have worked with a non-profit to show your extracurricular interests. Any deep interest that you’ve pursued over medium to long term can plug the gap. Remember, quality trumps quantity (# of activities). And if you’ve pursued something over some time, it’ll show.

On GMAT score, I think you should aim for a 740+.

On relationship status, it won’t affect your odds... even cat won’t.
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New post 06 Jul 2017, 17:41
Thanks for sharing your profile, see answers below:

is my profile realistic for columbia or am i too much of a plain jane?
-It is very realistic, but you will need to bump up that GMAT and really identify some standout elements in your profile, it does not have to be off the wall stuff, just something that presents you in an authentic and personable way, something the school can get behind. Highlight some passion of yours and how CBS can help you materialize that

Is it even worth retaking Gmat (does the 710 suffice)
Yes, you come from a tough demo, you will need those extra points

Would being married be positive to my application?
No

Should I join some non profits or volunteer my time or would adcom see through my ruse
If it makes sense, schools tend to care about this, just make sure it is authentic to who you are and your interests and identify something where you can gain some interpersonal skills (leadership, teamworks, etc) and can make a clear impact

Would an admissions consultant help? I'm not am awful writer but could def use help on the softer side (recommendations, logistics)
Always helps, there is a reason this industry exists, given your need to standout, it would probably help you out a ton
would appreciate any comments or advise.
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