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Joined: 18 Apr 2013
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Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V32
GPA: 3.8
WE: Engineering (Consumer Electronics)
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New post 29 Apr 2013, 13:08

Can you please consider my profile and suggest best fit for me? And also let me know whether I stand a chance applying to top 30?

Little bit about me.
Age: 24 from Poland
GPA: 3.75-4.0 (Electronic Eng & Management - finished undergrad in UK with 1st Class Honours Degree - conversion of UK degree to GPA is unclear for me, however 3.75+ seems to do the trick according to various sources)
GMAT: taking in June, aiming for 680-720, which I guess is reasonable.

Work experience:

Originally I was enrolled in masters course at the Uni. However during the 4th year I was headhunted and offered with a opportunity to join a reasearch project for two years (EU funded) in Lithuania (where I am now) as researcher - switched my degree to B.Eng and graduated to take this position. As I would like to apply for entry in 2014 Sept, so by the time of Uni start there will be 2 years.

Earlier: summer internship in open source software company in new business department - preparing case studies for clients, cold calls, CRM system management and implementation.

Extras (I apologize for random order):
- First reward for the best business pitch of the entrepreneurial program (raising business creativity)
- awarded with Class medal at the Uni for achiev.
- created + managing of two websites for a local company in my hometown
- at Uni part of squash and tennis club (still trying to play both as often as possible)

- elderly care (back in hometown) - i won't go into much details here since its quite personal
- still connected with my old high school - collecting necessary means for schooling at orphanage

- current supervisor from Lithuania
- dean of the department at the Uni/Advisor/one of the Dr I was working with - depending on the number of applications.

As a goal I'd like to focus on management consulting.

On my own I was looking closely at Kelloggs, Haas, Duke, Booth perhaps.

Also If you could point me into the direction of the ways I could improve my profile by the time of application, it would be great.

Also, there seems to be early admission to Duke. Is it worth applying then instead of Round 1? I know it is then then pretty much compulsory if the offer is made. But what about the admission rate?

Thank you for your time.

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New post 29 Apr 2013, 16:57

Your candidacy looks promising, and here are my thoughts:
GPA: Looks sufficient

GMAT: You have complete control over this score. It is all about prep, and you have the time to sufficiently prep. I would take a course such as Veritas offers and focus diligently on maximizing your score. The GMAT is a critical component in our application.

Work Experience: Two years in research in Lithuania sounds quite interesting, adding to the tapestry of what differentiates you. However, a year or two more, perhaps in a business and or management/leadership capacity would make you that much more compelling. So I ask, why do you need the MBA now? The AdCom is going to want to know "why an MBA" your answer- because you want to move into management consulting. But, they also want to know "Why Now?" What is your reason? In your capacity as a researcher what skills have you developed, what leadership experiences have you had, where have you shown initiative? Have you done anything exceptional? Why You? What differentiates you from the other applicants? When you can answer all of this in a compelling manner, than you will be at your best to apply. You already have some solid answers, but do you need time to position yourself even more strongly?

Extracurric: Your extras/community sections look solid, but present them in a way where they shine.

Recommendations: Current advisor looks excellent, but be sure he sees you as an exceptional person and that he can point to real examples of what makes you exceptional. Generally an academic recommendation is not as advisable as another work related recommendation.

An MBA is a costly investment in your future. One well worth it. In order to maximize your chances at Kellogg, Haas, Duke, Booth you will want to reflect on all of the above as a starting point. I do believe that focusing on making each component I outlined above solid will allow you to attain a top 30 school.

Best of luck!

Courtney Jane
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