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Waitlisted at Stern - How do I get in?

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New post 07 Feb 2017, 21:45
Hello,

I would like to start by thanking you for your time in addressing my situation.

After interviewing for Stern on 01/24/2017 I was under the impression that I had done well. I was notified today, however, that I had been waitlisted.
Considering that Stern admits about 70% of the people they interview I cannot help to think that I must have blew up my interview and I couldn´t convey the strength of my candidacy or how much I wanted to attend this school, and now I´m faced with the task of trying to be admitted out of the waitlist.

I am a 29 yo, so I think I´m on the high end of the age range and reapplying for the Class of 2020 doesn´t seem as the best course of action for me.

A little context on my background:
-From Uruguay
-Assistant Manager at Deloitte. 7+ years of experience in Accounting
-Part time adjunct professor of Advanced accounting in University
-Want to transition into IB or Asset management for which Stern would be a great match.
-Lived a year in Ireland and backpacked from Tokyo to London for six months.
-TOEFL ibt 110
-GMAT 720 Q(49), V(40)
-BS in accounting and CPA in Uruguay

-GPA 2.44 —> This, I feel is the weakest aspect of my application.
I used the additional essay to explain that I had to worked full time while pursuing my undergraduate degree with the subsequent impact on my grades, but regardless of this I graduated in the top 6% of a class of 532 students (most work FT as I did so although I had a low absolute GPA I was among the best on a relative basis).

As a way to improve my candidacy I was considering retaking the GMAT, as 720 is the average for their class, and I wouldn´t be compensating for my low GPA with that score.
But how effective will a 20 or 30 point increase really be? I don´t have much time to take additional course work before they start reviewing the WL in spring so retaking the GMAT seems like the only option regarding academics.

In what other aspects is my application subpar and should I send additional support ?
In the last three months since I applied my Job description hasn´t changed much leaving me no room for an update there.

Should I write an additional essay stating how the schools is my first choice and how well it suits my career goals? Wouldn´t that be redundant with the application essays?

Thanks again and looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Regards,
Gaston

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New post 08 Feb 2017, 09:40
Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about your waitlist decision. I know it's not the outcome you were hoping for but it's not a rejection - so you still have a chance! I agree that your GPA does stand out as an outlier in your profile but it sounds like you did as good of a job as you could have mitigating it. I still think it could be worth it to enroll in a class (statistics, econ, etc.) to provide further evidence of your ability to handle the rigor of the MBA curriculum. Even if you don't have a final grade by the time the WL is evaluated again, you'll be able to speak about the class in your update letter and you can share any interim grades. If you think you have upside in your GMAT score, then it can't hurt to re-take it and submit a new score that's 20 or 30 points higher. There's no way to say with certainty whether or not that will get you off the waitlist but it can't hurt you.

Otherwise, I suggest reviewing the waitlist instructions to see what other updates NYU accepts. If they accept new letters of recommendation, letters of support from current students, etc. then I suggest doing it all. You want to stay active and continue expressing your commitment to the school.

Without seeing your essays and resume, it's tough for me to say what specific updates would benefit you the most. It could help to have a third party (colleague with an MBA, for example) review your application and see what other opportunities you have to improve. If you wanted to engage professional help, that's something we could work on with you as well.

If you'd like more inspiration on how to make the most of the waitlist, check out this article: Good things come to those who DON’T wait: 10 Dos and Don’ts for getting off the waitlist

I hope this helps! Best of luck & please keep us posted on how it works out for you!

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New post 11 May 2017, 13:45
Hi Vivek,

Great question! I actually wrote out some helpful advice on waitlist strategy a few months back that's still relevant for folks who are holding out for fall 2017 matriculation. See below! Let me know if you have any specific questions!

Dos and Don’ts for getting off the waitlist

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Hi Vivek,

Great question! I actually wrote out some helpful advice on waitlist strategy a few months back that's still relevant for folks who are holding out for fall 2017 matriculation. See below! Let me know if you have any specific questions!

Dos and Don’ts for getting off the waitlist

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Very useful tips. Thanks a lot.
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New post 16 May 2017, 18:50
You're welcome!!

I also wanted to address the profile feedback request you had posted a few days back...your involvement with chess is very interesting! I'd love to learn how your passion developed. And I'm a bit surprised to see that you're looking to move away from that since you just recently left your job at Cognizant to join ChessCube. In general, my advice for you would be to think critically about your story - your career path so far needs to make sense given your post-MBA goals and your reasons for pursuing an MBA. I'd like to emphasize the latter point because given that you already worked for an IT services company (Cognizant), you'll want to be very explicit about why you need an MBA in order to get into IT consulting (when perhaps you could make a lateral move now). Again, it's going to really boil down to how clearly you articulate all this in your essays and later, your interviews.

I'm glad to see you'll be re-taking the GMAT. Getting your verbal score up will go a long ways in terms of which schools you can reasonably apply to. To further offset your undergrad GPA, you could also consider taking an additional course in finance, calculus, or accounting to further prove your academic aptitude.

With all that said, it's tough for me to recommend schools without seeing where your GMAT plays out. The 720 is only speculation right now and the schools where you'll be competitive with a 650 will fall outside the top 25 - not sure if you're willing to consider those. My advice to you is to focus on acing the GMAT and then re-visit school selection once you have an actual score in hand.

I hope that helps! Best of luck to you!

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New post 16 May 2017, 20:17
Thanks again.

Just to clarify the order of my work experience.
I started my career as a Chess moderator, then moved to Cognizant for a BA role for 3 years and I am currently working as Assistant Manager of Community Development Section since one year.
Since my undergrad, I have been actively involved in CSR activities.

Coming to the question of chess, I was deeply influenced by my 60-year-old Chess Coach, who never got married and spent his entire life spreading his love for the game.He used to train everyone for free. Till now, I have dedicated almost 2 decades of my life to Chess. After my Coach expired I took over the responsibility and conducted several weekly seminars on Chess, both online and offline, which attracted many new players to play chess, and increased monthly gross orders of our chess books and video tutorials.

Apart from being a Chess moderator and Coach, I have also trained a group of nine visually challenged children to make them qualified for Blind Chess Tournament. I have also inspired a whole village to play chess, turning it into an 85% chess literate village and creating a National record of highest number of chess players playing the game simultaneously in one-kilometer square area.

I like your advice on taking some extra courses. It would be great if you can recommend me some courses on Calculus. Are you referring to online courses from Coursera?


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Hi Vivek,

Thanks for clarifying! That makes a bit more sense. However, my recommendation still stands in terms of thinking through your story and more specifically, your career goals and why you're pursuing an MBA. My hunch is that you could dream bigger in terms of your short-term goals :)

I love your story about chess! You should definitely emphasize that as a differentiator in your applications.

As for additional classes, there are a number of options out there and it really depends on your personal preference, timing, and budget. The key is to get an A! Here's a great article that lays out the different options that you can consider: https://www.vantagepointadmissions.com/single-post/2017/04/11/How-to-Overcome-a-Low-GPA-in-Your-MBA-Applications

Best of luck!

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