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Profile Evaluation for HBS 2+2

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New post 12 Jan 2019, 15:03
I will be applying to 2+2 soon. Was hoping people could evaluate my profile and guide me as I'm trying to figure out how I can differentiate myself from others applying to 2+2.

- Go to a top 40 college worldwide, studying business
- 4.0 GPA
- 750 GMAT
- President of school's Investment Club with 500+ members
- Founder of non-profit organization that has impacted over 500 individuals
- Part-time internship at a start-up
- Internship in private equity
- Internship in investment banking in New York (top 1-5 firm), going back here upon graduation
- Represented my school in national case competitions, placing as best as 3rd
- Received top academic and leadership-related awards at my school
- Recommendations from my boss from my investment banking internship and an advisor at my college whom I've worked closely with during my time at the Investment Club

My biggest question is how can I differentiate myself from others with similar profiles. I realize most people applying to 2+2 probably have similar accomplishments. Given I fall into the business/econ bucket (which comprises a smaller percentage of the 2+2 class), how can I stand out from the rest?
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There are a few ways you can differentiate yourself: first, you'll want to show the unique impact you've had in your leadership roles. It's great that you are president of this club, but what did you DO in that role? How did you impact your community via that role? Or what new results did you drive that had not been achieved before?

It's awesome that you started a non-profit & again you want to show your leadership & impact there. Did you manage a team? How exactly did you impact these 500 people? While that's not an enormous number, it still shows great initiative that you started a successful non-profit. In addition to showing impact, you can differentiate yourself here by speaking to WHY you started this non-profit. What drove you to do it & what does that show us about who you are as a person (and as a future business leader)?

You mentioned the leadership awards from school as well. There's not a whole lot to say about academic ones (they'll see your transcript already) but if you have taken specific actions that led to an award that can be something to highlight as well.

The big point here is that you can't just tell them you're a leader, you need to SHOW them via your stories & examples.

Finally, your career goals are critical to making a strong argument for why you need this degree but, depending on what they are, they can also be a way to differentiate yourself. If you have a unique set of goals, great. If they are not unique, you can still differentiate yourself by telling a strong story of WHY these are your goals & what you hope to uniquely accomplish in them (so again, the impact you want to have).

All in all I think you've got the makings of a strong app & hope those tips are helpful. Good luck to you!

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New post 13 Jan 2019, 08:48
Thank you so much Jon! This is super helpful. I'll keep all this in mind while writing my app.

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