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Joined: 17 Jan 2012
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Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.35
WE: Project Management (Hospitality and Tourism)
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New post 06 May 2013, 12:48
Work Experience:
~4 years. Started as a recruiter at a financial software company, moved into Project Management. Currently work as a Project Manager for a hospitality company, have been here for 6 mos.

Total Score out of 800: 730
Total Percentile (%): 97
Verbal Percentile (%): 98
Quantitative Percentile (%): 77
AWA out of 6.0: 5

Academic profile:
Name of undergraduate college/university: University of Southern California
Undergraduate degree and major: BA, International Relations
Final/overall GPA (4-point scale): 3.5
GPA in major field of study: 3.35

Extra Curriculars:
College: held positions in Fraternity, Heavily involved in student-run Philanthropy benefiting local underprivileged students.
Current: the Lead volunteer (Event Chair) of the Santa Monica Relay for Life. Have been involved for 1.5 years.

No relevant certifications

Target Schools: Columbia, Kellogg, Stern, Haas, UCLA Andersen, and Stanford/Harvard because why not.

Applying R1 2013-14

Post MBA goal: Project Manager role, working on projects to build business processes and structure for small/mid-sized company in its relative infancy. No preference in industry.

Thank you!

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New post 12 May 2013, 20:34

Thanks for sharing your profile. Your academic background is pretty strong with the exception of a slightly low GMAT quant score (we usually recommend targeting 80th percentile or above for top programs). I don't think it's that big a deal, but given that your undergrad was IR (not so quantitatively rigorous), it might be worth taking some supplementary accounting/finance/stats courses to show your analytic chops.

As for work experience, I'd say your experience is average. I don't know too much about it, but it doesn't sound like you've had or taken on a lot of leadership responsibility at work; though again, I have very little context! Project management is a good role to be in though, as it inherently requires working with multiple teams/stakeholders, managing people to deadlines, managing upwards, etc. So, perhaps you will have lots of material to draw from.

I see that you have an active community service role, so that is great, but I don't see any other extracurricular activities on your list. This could be viewed as a gap.

All in all, I'd say you are overshooting slightly with your target programs. HBS/GSB are long shots (though I admire your spirit - doesn't hurt to throw in apps, but it just depends on where you want to put your energy!). Kellogg and Columbia are stretches. Haas is a slight reach, while UCLA is a good target. I'd suggest skewing more towards schools like Duke/Darden/NYU/Michigan if they meet your criteria.

Good luck,

Mili Mittal
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