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New post 07 Apr 2013, 13:47

Thanks in advance for your review; my stats are as follows:

Work Experience: Have spent about 2.5 years in head office strategy for a top Canadian financial institution (brand name, at least here in Canada). My performance reviews have been very strong and I've been promoted once since joining.

GRE Score: 165Q (92%); 163V (91%); 4.5AWA (72%) (conversions suggest my composite score would be about a 720+ GMAT)

Undergrad: 3.9 GPA, Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) graduate (2010) from a small, but mostly well regarded Canadian university

Extra-Curriculars: Was very involved during undergrad (student government, student newspaper, etc.), but have no volunteer extra-curricular experience since graduating (my application will discuss unassigned projects I've taken on at work, and recreational athletics I play outside of the office). In short, I haven't done much outside the office since graduating, so I suspect this is my weakest point?

Target Programs: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Yale, Kellogg, Columbia, Duke, Cornell

Application Cycle: R2 for September 2014 intake (ideally)

Post-MBA Goal: Return to my current organization, in a more senior role.

It would be great to hear which schools I should be targeting, and with what likelihood of success (reach, within range, safety). Any feedback regarding weak points that I should consider shoring up, or if I should consider applying a year later to shore up weak points would be appreciated.


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New post 09 Apr 2013, 15:46

Your target schools are a good fit for your candidacy. You could expand the list as well if you like as you would have a good chance at most top schools. I would start today on a major extra-curricular where you can be a leader, athletics for fun are not that compelling to an admissions committee. It reads that you will have 4 years of work experience when you enter in Fall 2014 so no real need to wait. However, you really need to develop a compelling story about Why you need an MBA, Why Now, Why at each target school specifically, and Why should they accept you uniquely over other candidates- what makes you compelling, how are you a leader, and innovator, and a future ambassador for the school upon graduation. Dig in on who you are and what makes you exceptional beyond your good grades, test scores and a solid job. You need to develop your marketing plan and execute it in your application. You also should start now on gathering great (not good) people to write a reference; this goes a long way.

Best of Luck-

Courtney Jane

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