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New post 06 Dec 2006, 13:38
I would like to thank you for helping applicants through this
forum. I'm a long time reader and have found the conversations here to be very informative.

I'll appreciate your input on my chances of getting
accepted in a full-time MBA program at schools below:

1. Kellogg
2. Chicago
3. Stern
4. Yale
5. Cornell

My stats are:

1. Undergrad - Engineering - Computer Science
2. Graduate - MS - Computer Science - GPA 3.75/4.0
3. Work Experience: 8 years
Currently working as Lead Engineer in a
Fortune 100 multinational, leading a software development
project with team members in 3 countries.
4. First GMAT attempt: 640
5. Second GMAT attempt: 660
6. Age:31, male, US Permanent Resident
7. Community involvement includes leadership in a
Gay and Lesbian Youth support group. Leadership
in the diversity business council at work.
I'm gay. I'm debating whether I should include these
community involvement since I'm not sure whether it
might negatively affect my chances. Any thoughts
on this??
8. Traveled extensively around the world for pleasure;
Speak 4 languages

My goal after graduation is to work in global consulting.

Thanks in advance!

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New post 09 Dec 2006, 10:44
Definitely don't be shy about including your involvement in the gay community in your application. You have probably heard this before, but one of your big challenges as an Indian/IT applicant (even though you're in the U.S.) is to stand out from the pack. Your sexual orientation can definitely hepl you do that. Of course, I don't mean that you should play this up simply to get into b-school, but if it's a big part of your life, then you should absolutely make it a central theme in your application. Adcomms will welcome this.

Outside of that, I would say that you have a fairly typical profile. I don't think that any of those schools is out of your reach, but you'll want to show strong career progression, leadership experience (you mentioned some of this), and clearly defined career goals that tie to your story.

Maybe also take a look at Michigan, Haas, and Duke. They also attract firms that can give you global consulting opportunities.



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