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Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Technology
GMAT 1: 700 Q47 V40
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GPA: 3.57
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Hi there,

I'm a re-applicant (Dinged R2 last year). I'm applying to Booth, Kellogg, and Tuck (Targeting 2 M7 and one outside M7 - I'd rather not apply at all if I couldn't do top 10). Dinged from Booth and Kellogg last year and never applied to Tuck. If I don't get in this year, I'm going to ED Columbia in May, with hopefully an improved GMAT.

Age: 26

GMAT: 700 (q47, v40 IR6) and 710 (q50, v35 IR6). I took the GMAT once more the other week and only managed to score a 710 again (Q49 V38 IR6), so I canceled that score, but I am considering reinstating it for the $50 fee if it shows any benefit...I think not since the quant score did fall.

Nationality: Indian-American. I feel like this will hold me back although my experiences aren't different from a typical American applicant.

Undergrad: 3.58 GPA from a top 5 undergraduate business school. Strong EC's: Community service, student government, president of my own organization.

Work Experience: By matriculation, I will have 4 years working as technology consultant. I work with corporate finance teams in leveraging technology to improve their financial planning. My experience is a bit unique in that I work for a smaller company that had a lot of attrition, so I was placed on more challenging tasks. I worked as a lead consultant on 3 projects (had smaller engagements with several others), 2 of them being with fortune 100 companies. I've also been to learn and advise on different engagements with different products. Should be able to secure a recommendation from a director at one of my clients, who I helped strengthen their forecasting considerably.

Extracurricular activities: I've done volleyball and flag football. In the past 1.5 years (and something I didn't emphasize on my application too much last year), I've done volunteering with two non-profits, serving on the Associate Board of one of them.

Post-MBA Goal: I would like to work in product management in the tech space. Since last year, I've refined my goals to pursue PM in Education Technology for the short term, and leverage that into entrepreneurship within my home city that suffers immensely from illiteracy. I've done a lot of product management work in my current job, and I've been involved with educational development for students in my extracurricular activities as well as when I was in college (Student Government education advocacy). Last year, I wrote that I wanted to work in Banking then pivot into technology (I didn't have a strong case/passion for that compared to my goals today).

Planning to apply R2 this year. If I don't get in, I may retake the GMAT once more in the spring and ED Columbia come May.

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New post 27 Nov 2017, 13:05
DivineJustice wrote:
Hi there,

I'm a re-applicant (Dinged R2 last year). I'm applying to Booth, Kellogg, and Tuck (Targeting 2 M7 and one outside M7 - I'd rather not apply at all if I couldn't do top 10). Dinged from Booth and Kellogg last year and never applied to Tuck. If I don't get in this year, I'm going to ED Columbia in May, with hopefully an improved GMAT.

Age: 26

GMAT: 700 (q47, v40 IR6) and 710 (q50, v35 IR6). I took the GMAT once more the other week and only managed to score a 710 again (Q49 V38 IR6), so I canceled that score, but I am considering reinstating it for the $50 fee if it shows any benefit...I think not since the quant score did fall.

Nationality: Indian-American. I feel like this will hold me back although my experiences aren't different from a typical American applicant.

Undergrad: 3.58 GPA from a top 5 undergraduate business school. Strong EC's: Community service, student government, president of my own organization.

Work Experience: By matriculation, I will have 4 years working as technology consultant. I work with corporate finance teams in leveraging technology to improve their financial planning. My experience is a bit unique in that I work for a smaller company that had a lot of attrition, so I was placed on more challenging tasks. I worked as a lead consultant on 3 projects (had smaller engagements with several others), 2 of them being with fortune 100 companies. I've also been to learn and advise on different engagements with different products. Should be able to secure a recommendation from a director at one of my clients, who I helped strengthen their forecasting considerably.

Extracurricular activities: I've done volleyball and flag football. In the past 1.5 years (and something I didn't emphasize on my application too much last year), I've done volunteering with two non-profits, serving on the Associate Board of one of them.

Post-MBA Goal: I would like to work in product management in the tech space. Since last year, I've refined my goals to pursue PM in Education Technology for the short term, and leverage that into entrepreneurship within my home city that suffers immensely from illiteracy. I've done a lot of product management work in my current job, and I've been involved with educational development for students in my extracurricular activities as well as when I was in college (Student Government education advocacy). Last year, I wrote that I wanted to work in Banking then pivot into technology (I didn't have a strong case/passion for that compared to my goals today).

Planning to apply R2 this year. If I don't get in, I may retake the GMAT once more in the spring and ED Columbia come May.


Whoa dude!
Divine Justice! :)
What a user name...

Now you have me scared...



So first things first, regarding the GMAT: A 710 is better than 700 every time. So go and reinstate that. It's still a score that is a bit low for Top 10, and even moreso for Indian candidates (I know, Indian-American... but it's hard to say how they would pool you).

Also, for top 10 schools, to give you a straightforward perspective, your work experience will likely be persevered as solid, without being exceptional. Given that and the GMAT, I honestly don't know how reasonable it is for you to insist on M7 schools. If it is truly "If it's not an M7, better I just advance at work" then yeah, it makes sense to have a "top or bust" strategy even if you are playing a bit against the odds. But if it actually would be better for you to attend a Top 20 school than continue you work, you may want to rethink your position.

Other than that, about your goals. It's a bit hard for me to judge how solid they are or not from this vantage point, but I feel like they could work as long as you have something solid. I do wonder however if "PM" is a high enough position for post-MBA. I feel like with your experience, you might aim for a more managerial role.


I hope this helps!!!
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