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Joined: 22 Jul 2018
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Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44
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New post 19 Dec 2018, 14:58

Please evaluate my profile below!

Background and nationality: Male, White, US citizen, 27 years old.

Undergrad Information: BBA in finance from Top 30 Public University with a 3.2 GPA (I had one bad semester where I dealt with depression from the death of my best friend, dragging down my GPA. I plan to use the optional essay to explain this). Additionally, I have taken three MBA-level courses from Harvard Business School through their Core Requirements program (aka “Pre-MBA program”), which I completed with High Honors.

GMAT: 730 (Q 47, V 44, IR 6, AWA 6)

Work experience and leadership: At the time of applying, will be 5 years working as a financial analyst for major bank with one promotion to intermediate analyst. I, along with some of my colleagues, lead a team of analysts based in India, led many projects and worked on the largest project my office has ever done, and have mentored some of the associates on my team.
I have also cofounded a small company with a few colleagues that runs an online financial website and a small investment fund.

Community and others: Volunteered through Meals on Wheels for the past year, done many other volunteering activities before that, though not through one specific organization. I have mentored four undergraduate students at the University I graduated from over the past two years. I have been on the board of a local non-profit Irish Heritage organization for the past two years.

Recommenders: Depends on which school I am applying to. For Kellogg: One is my current supervisor, who has been my boss since I started my career. The second is a family friend who has an MBA from Kellogg. For all others: Both will be from supervisors of mine.

Post MBA goals: Wanting to switch to Investment Banking with the main goal of eventually starting my own investment fund that focuses on renewable energy and making an impact on saving the environment.

Schools I am planning to Apply to: Kellogg, Booth, Ross, Columbia, Stern, Cornell Johnson, Fisher.

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New post 19 Dec 2018, 23:50
Hello and thanks for your post!
The application process is truly holistic, and committees will look at your stats (GPA/GMAT), work experience, and extracurriculars.
Your GPA and GMAT are very strong, and your GMAT is about the average for the top schools you listed. I agree to write an Optional Essay to address your GPA during that one semester, but still a 3.2 is not too below average. Hopefully your quant courses have been at least a 3.2 if not higher. And yes, definitely mention the three MBA-level courses you have taken and in which you have done well.
I really like your work experience. Not only have you been promoted, but you seem to have made an impact and demonstrated leadership there. Make sure this will be supported by a strong recommendation from your supervisor. It is also important to mention that you have mentored some of your associates. It will also be important to explain why you want your MBA, and to also illustrate the skills you already have which are transferable to banking. Many applicants want to switch into banking so be sure your story makes sense, is realistic, and even a bit unique. It sounds like you should be able to illustrate this.
Your extracurriculars seem like they will be strong, just make sure to really emphasize your leadership role in at least one of them, or the fact that you have taken initiative, if that is in fact the case.
You definitely have a chance at these schools, but they are extremely competitive, and each school simply does not have the room to admit all the world's qualified applicants. So I like the mix you have chosen. I always suggest apply to 2 reach, 2 target, and 2 schools which are slightly less competitive, but still of course top programs. I think you have done this.
If you would like to discuss your story or anything else in greater detail, please sign up for a free consultation.
Good luck!
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