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New post 17 Mar 2017, 09:57
Dear mbaMission,

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Home: Midwest, United States (one of the least populated states)—native English speaker

University/GPA/Major: Medium-sized liberal arts university located in the Midwest, USA.; GPA: 3.86; BA History; Magna Cum Laude

GMAT: 1st attempt-- 710 Q48 V39 IR6 AWA?

When to attend MBA school? 3 years from now—ie I don’t intend to start until Fall 2019 at the earliest, but most likely Fall 2020.

Work Experience:
Month-long internship in Japan at one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. Dealt with fortune 500 companies. Worked in trademarks, patents, copyrights, presented to design-team attorneys in an effort to provide a potential solution to a client’s problem. I have a well-written, and generously positive cv addendum piece written by the owner and founder of the firm. In it he described my role at the company, and my character traits—all very positive.

24-months at a very successful finance/banking company in my local town. It is a company that one of my relatives owns—thus I have had a very unique and positive experience there. I work on various projects, all of which are meant to simply add value to the firm. I have worked on finding a property for my company to move into. Thus, lots of experience in the city’s local real estate. I presented to management the pros and cons of the various properties I had in mind. Ultimately, we went with the property I was most in favor of. This deal was a multi-million dollar property. Up to date, this has been my proudest achievement at the office—and I intend to spotlight this well in my application.

At this trust company, I have also created and presented my thoughts on a 5-year capital plan. I suggested various ways in which the firm could retain more of its earnings. Moreover, I suggested ideas as to what these retained earnings could be invested in—one of these ideas was the very building we ended up purchasing. I have also dealt with fee structuring for clients; space-reconfiguration for employees at current office; and am working on composing a piece describing the benefits of the industry that my firm works in has to the state in which it is located.
I intend on continuing to work at this firm for an additional year—and then I will be moving to a larger city in the Midwest, and be getting a job there for approximately 2.5 years until I am ready to begin school.

Extra Facts:
• Attended a top-10 MBA school for a month during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. I took various classes at the school; and, the experience culminated with a group presentation to various business executives and professors. The presentation was on a valuation of a publically-traded company to various business leaders and professors.
• I am co-founder and co-manager of a start-up real estate investment company that owns a small 5-unit apartment in my local town. This is my largest passion.
• In my part-time, I am also working for an insurance-consulting business that works primarily provides insurance consulting for international clients.
• Took an introductory MBA-level Foundations in Economics course this past fall. Received an A.
• Sport Enthusiast; and avid reader
• Series 6 and 63 certified

Aspirations:
It is my hope to attend one of the top-10 MBA schools. Of course, at first blush, HBS and Stanford are my dream schools. I do really need some guidance, however, in that I am not certain how to best achieve acceptance into these schools.

I want my real estate company to grow exponentially. I want it to get into commercial properties, and eventually help to develop my city’s real estate. I also want this company to evolve, in that its purpose is not entirely real estate, but has the awareness to engage in other investments outside of just the scope of real estate.

Questions:
How does my profile stack up for a top-10 MBA school? How about HBS and Stanford?
Are there any key components missing in my profile? I am not yet very community involved, and feel I ought to be for many more reasons than just that it would potentially augment my application.
Should I retake the GMAT? I have not yet asked this on the forum, and I understand that this question may better be asked elsewhere, but I am curious as to what an admissions individual would suggest after knowing more of ‘my story’

Thank you!

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Hello,
Thanks for your post and lots of interesting info about your story. I appreciate the hard work and determination within your story, and the business you run in addition to your primary role (if I'm following) certainly sounds like great learning experience and something to feature on your apps. I do think you can aim for top 10 schools give or take, with a strong strategy in your final years before b-school. HBS/GSB are long shots for just about anyone (!!), it can be a bit of a crapshoot even IF you are among the top candidates because of the crazy competition, so you just have to know that going in and keep other options in mind. Look at schools with strengths in real estate too if desired, such as Columbia. In terms of GMAT, it's a solid score, but I'd probably try again... couple reasons... one, you have the luxury of time-- you are not applying right NOW. Many of your competitors ARE trying again, and scoring higher, etc, so why not give yourself every opportunity. Two-- no real down side to re-taking. Three-- average scores, and percentiles, may likely continue to creep higher in the coming years! Four-- with strong prep, you can likely improve, and that will increase chances, plus bump up scholarship opportunities. Final thought, yes community involvwment is recommended too... find something you are passionate about! Keep in touch with us over time, good luck, and when desired feel free to do a free 30 min consult with us, www.mbamission.com/consult.
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New post 22 Mar 2017, 10:31
Much appreciated for your response. Your input on the challenge of getting into HBS and Stanford is very helpful. It is nice to have that general awareness.

As far as the GMAT advice, that makes a heck of a lot of sense. I know it does not hurt to regroup and retry. I do feel that I am capable of scoring higher--and as such, I simply ought to muster up the strength to take another stab at it.

Thank you for the advice!

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You are welcome, good luck and keep in touch!!
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