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Would love to get your thoughts on my chances at the top 3 programs. I understand that my verbal score is light, but I'm hoping that my high GPA, work experience, and other accomplishments can overcome that and make me a competitive candidate. Also, any suggestions on what I can do to be more competitive outside of the GMAT would be appreciated!
Target: Top 3 (Stanford, Harvard, Wharton)
Application Plan: First round, October 2014
Background: Caucasian male, 25
Education: - GPA: 3.95 (Highest Honors) - Major: BS, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 2010 - Additional Achievements: Engineering Entrepreneurship Sequence Certificate, 2010 Haas Undergraduate Achievement Award, Dean's List, Received A+ in a number of courses including Intro to Business (highly competitive class), Statistics, Finance, Game Theory, two other electives. Lowest letter grade was B+.
GMAT: 680 (Q49, V34, IR 7/8, AWA 6/6)
Experience: - 2 years investment banking analyst at boutique investment bank (2010-2012). Worked on 14 transactions in very lean deal teams. Solely published 48 editions of Internet newsletter that was distributed to over 3,000 industry and VC professionals. Initiated firm's on campus recruiting efforts that did not previously exist (recruiting was done via referrals only). Offered promotion to associate role after second year (offered to select analysts after third year). Turned offer down to join top-tier late-stage venture capital firm. - 1.5 years venture capital associate at top-tier late stage firm (2012-Present). Have worked on 6 different transactions during my time at the firm. Five months into the role, sourced investment in mobile gaming company. Investment was the 2nd largest in the firm's 34 year history. Five months after investment, majority of company was acquired at valuation 4x higher than our investment (one of the top returns for the firm). Received additional bonus for performance after second year and was assured third year promotion early. Will have 2.5 years of experience in this role when I apply.
Extracurriculars / Leadership: - 1 year on board of non-profit that provides soccer and literacy after-school programs to under-resourced public school communities. Currently co-chair of a large fundraiser (corporate soccer tournament). Help with new team recruitment and manage team of 8 staff / board members. Looking to raise over $200K through this event. - Held a number of leadership positions at UC Berkeley. VP and Alumni chair of fraternity. Senior Research Assistant for MBA professor (promoted after just one year). 2 years as mentor for youth entrepreneurs from local high schools.
Recommendations - Planning to receive recommendations from two Partners at my current firm. I expect them to be strong given the feedback I received recently as part of my annual reviews.
Other: - Hearing loss in left ear that has been getting worse each year since I was born. While my hearing impairment has made life difficult at times, I haven't let it get in the way of my career goals.
Thanks for your post, you have a very strong candidacy. I know you had mentioned not including this, but the part that stands out the most is your GMAT score. I did want to mention, most people do not know that on your application your highest exam score is self-reported. Admissions teams will focus on your best score, and there isn't much harm taking the exam again, particularly as your score is below the averages of the programs you are considering. If you decide to take the exam again, we have free GMAT advice here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/test-prep-hub/. MBA.com also provides 2 free official practice exams.
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Wow. Your application sounds killer. If you can bump that verbal score up, then the sky is the limit. You'll be in a great position if you can execute on essays, etc. Good luck (although it looks like you don't need much of it ).
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