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My name is Martin and I'm from Argentina. I'm 28 years old and planning to apply on second round to start my MBA on september 2012.

I have a degree in Communication Science and I've got a 710 in gmat (Q48 V39).

Professional background: I've worked 10 months as a trainee in Loreal and then decided to get involved in my family's business , a construction and real estate developments company (actually is a group of companies) with more than 35 of history. This is my third year and I'm now the Marketing Director.
Since I got involved, the group grew in an amazing way, with 2 new organizations that were born and one more that will be launched in a few weeks. This last company will develop the first Hilton Gardenn Inn of my country and aims to start another 4 in the next year.
After the MBA, I'm planning to come back to my country to continue developing my business.

Extracurricular: I have played rugby since I was 10. I have represented my country (and my state) in the under 21 years old National Rugby Team. I still play in the most competitive rugby league of Argentina.

My dream is to be accepted at Harvard or Stanford, and I'm planning to apply to Chicago, MIT and Berkeley as well. How do you see my chances? Is it true that HBS and Stanford rarely admit students that are not coming from huge well known companies?

I appreciate your help


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New post 30 Jul 2011, 08:02
Hello Martin, thanks for your question.

What is your undergraduate GPA?

I think your GMAT is solid, but of course it will be your experience that determines your competitiveness.

Why did you leave Loreal after only 10 months?

With a family business, you will have to clearly demonstrate your individual contribution. Call upon “moments” where you truly led by influencing others/organizations, drove tangible results, took the initiative. It sounds like some great things have happened with your business – connect that success to your individual effort.

In terms of extracurriculars, use your unique rugby experience to call out your leadership.

Harvard and Stanford will admit applicants that do not come from big companies. More importantly, in my opinion, is that applicants have a “wow” factor for those two programs. What makes you extraordinary? What sets you apart from the pack? I am not intimately familiar with your family business, but if you can paint a truly compelling picture of your experience and your vision of the future – if you can convey your “wow” factor – you could have a shot at those programs.

Best of luck!

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