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Profile Evaluation - 730 GMAT and 4.0 GPA

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Joined: 15 Jan 2013
Posts: 24

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Location: United States
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 4
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New post 15 Jan 2013, 14:06
I would appreciate some insight as to whether or not I would be strong applicant for the following target schools: Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, Dartmouth, MIT, Booth and Haas. Below is an overview of my background:

Age / Work Experience - Would be 27 with just over 5 years of experience by the time I apply in Fall 2014.

GMAT - I recently took the GMAT for the first time and scored a 730 (Q48, V42).

GPA - 4.0 from a Big 10 state school. Was one of only 23 students in a class of over 2,000 to earn a 4.0. Graduated with Honors with a degree in Accounting.

Work Experience - Have been with a private equity and mezzanine capital firm since 2007. I was recruited as a summer intern and then joined as a full-time Analyst upon graduating from undergrad in 2009. I was promoted to Associate in November 2010 and have been in that role ever since.

One unique aspect of my work experience is that I am the second most tenured employee of our five man team. I was also heavily involved in raising our second fund. As the youngest member of our team, I have had a great opportunity to become more heavily involved in certain elements of the private equity business than I feel I would have at other larger firms.

Other Activities - While working for the private equity fund, I pursued an entrepreneurial venture on nights and weekends which involved creating a new ready-to-drink smoothie beverage. I partnered with a university for research and development and took on a business partner who formerly was a VP with a Fortune 500 food company. Ultimately, I abandoned the project after a year, but it was a very valuable experience and opened my eyes to consumer products.

Extracurricular - Am involved as a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, a national organization dedicated to middle-market businesses and the deal community. I also was responsible for authoring the business plan to help establish our local chapter of the organization, which needed to be approved the national group.

Miscellaneous - I am located in a rural state, so there are likely few applicants from my region, although I am a white male.

Career Goals - I am pursuing an MBA because I have found that I have a passion for consumer products and strategy. My background is in finance and accounting, and I want to pursue the MBA to build a more well-rounded skill-set, as well as to use as a stepping stone into a career in either consumer products or management consulting with an emphasis on the consumer products sector.

Thanks everyone!

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New post 16 Jan 2013, 09:13
Things look pretty good for you buddy. You have a killer one-two combo in your GMAT plus your 4.0. That the vast majority of students lack. Your career seems solid without being exceptional (at least at first glance, perhaps you have a lot more good stuff buried in there), but still in the right industry, nice and corporate.

For your goals, I'd be tempted to advise you to keel the consumer product stuff on the DL, not because it's not believable, but because then you have to explain a lot. Whereas if you simply state consulting goals, its both believable and normal (this is a good thing).

If you apply to your above school list with good essays and strong recs, I don't see why you shouldn't get into at least one if not more (and perhaps even money too?)

You didn't mention volunteer/community work, so my guess would be that you aren't particularly strong there... so with your extra time, I might work on that a bit... you know round off those corners...

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