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Hi,

I am an Indian female with 2 years work experience (will have 3 by the time I join college). Stanford is like my dream college!
Company: Microsoft (Services division as a Consultant)
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.8

Pros:
1. Good international exposure due to office visits and clients
2. Good communication and people skills
3. Will be able to get good recommendations
4. Good academic record

Cons:
1. Less work experience than average
2. No start up or entrepreneurship experience

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New post 26 May 2016, 00:16
Profile looks good. Would help if you mentioned which college you are from.
I recently applied to the Stanford GSB and got a reject. I think, in a college so selective you just have to make your best effort and hope for the best. I do think you have a chance if you get your application right.

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New post 26 May 2016, 00:23
icefrog wrote:
Profile looks good. Would help if you mentioned which college you are from.
I recently applied to the Stanford GSB and got a reject. I think, in a college so selective you just have to make your best effort and hope for the best. I do think you have a chance if you get your application right.

Thanks for the reply! I'm from VIT University, Vellore

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New post 26 May 2016, 02:42
Your GMAT and GPA are well above average range for what is required by Stanford
you have given your professional attributes which seem to be good.But Stanford values uniqueness.You would have to describe some attributes which are unique to you and you only.
Think retrospectively and introspect yourself for the first question of Stanford " What matters to you most - and why?". You will get the answer to your doubts
Are you also thinking about other colleges other than Stanford?
I think Berkeley Haas would be also a good fit for a profile like yours

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New post 26 May 2016, 02:51
nanditabothra wrote:
Hi,

I am an Indian female with 2 years work experience (will have 3 by the time I join college). Stanford is like my dream college!
Company: Microsoft (Services division as a Consultant)
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.8

Pros:
1. Good international exposure due to office visits and clients
2. Good communication and people skills
3. Will be able to get good recommendations
4. Good academic record

Cons:
1. Less work experience than average
2. No start up or entrepreneurship experience


Thank you for your detailed post. I have a couple follow up questions:

1) What type of work do you do specifically at Microsoft?
2) What school did you go to for undergraduate?

Your stats and experiences are pretty good to apply, though it is competitive even with roles and stats like yours. Because of that, I want to know more about your role to determine whether I would recommend you to apply now or wait another year. An additional year of experience would help you but if you are a leader (fast promotions, lead projects or work streams within projects) at work you could certainly apply now. I got someone into Stanford at age 21 so the experience is within the range.

Reach out if you want to chat or if you want further assistance with your applications.

Scott@personalmbacoach.com

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New post 26 May 2016, 05:35
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nanditabothra wrote:
Hi,

I am an Indian female with 2 years work experience (will have 3 by the time I join college). Stanford is like my dream college!
Company: Microsoft (Services division as a Consultant)
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.8

Pros:
1. Good international exposure due to office visits and clients
2. Good communication and people skills
3. Will be able to get good recommendations
4. Good academic record

Cons:
1. Less work experience than average
2. No start up or entrepreneurship experience


Thank you for your detailed post. I have a couple follow up questions:

1) What type of work do you do specifically at Microsoft?
2) What school did you go to for undergraduate?

Your stats and experiences are pretty good to apply, though it is competitive even with roles and stats like yours. Because of that, I want to know more about your role to determine whether I would recommend you to apply now or wait another year. An additional year of experience would help you but if you are a leader (fast promotions, lead projects or work streams within projects) at work you could certainly apply now. I got someone into Stanford at age 21 so the experience is within the range.

Reach out if you want to chat or if you want further assistance with your applications.

Scott@personalmbacoach.com

Best,
Scott


Hi Scott,

Thanks for the reply!
1. I am a consultant at Microsoft. So my job includes interacting with enterprise customers, getting their requirements and developing solutions for them. Its a Dev profile but is centered around customer requirements and interaction. I have a bit of leadership experience in projects, promotions, etc but I work mostly as an individual contributor. I'm active at extra curricular stuff at work which include organizing a lot of events and my recommendations can probably back that up!
2. I have done my Computer Science Engineering from VIT, Vellore.

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rhine29388 wrote:
Your GMAT and GPA are well above average range for what is required by Stanford
you have given your professional attributes which seem to be good.But Stanford values uniqueness.You would have to describe some attributes which are unique to you and you only.
Think retrospectively and introspect yourself for the first question of Stanford " What matters to you most - and why?". You will get the answer to your doubts
Are you also thinking about other colleges other than Stanford?
I think Berkeley Haas would be also a good fit for a profile like yours


Thanks for the tips! I will definitely keep them in mind while applying. And yes I am planning to apply to Haas too :)

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New post 04 Jun 2016, 08:36
On the whole, your profile looks really good as Microsoft is a great company to have worked for and your international experience is a big advantage as well (that said, international experience usually doesn’t entail only office visits. Did you have a chance to work with international, diverse teams as well? If so, that is another huge advantage as most engineers do not have that opportunity).

While it is true that there are a lot of Indian engineers applying, most of them are not women (at ARINGO we see that Indian women have a much higher chance of being accepted, compared to men. 92 % of all the women we worked with, for more than 2 schools, got in in the end!)
Additionally, your GP and GMAT are strong as well.

As for the cons: startup and entrepreneurial experience is not a must, so that should not be anything you focus on too much. The work experience is another matter. You would need to work on your description of that in your application a lot. You said you have some leadership experience, so focusing on that, as well as listing any relevant accomplishments properly is vital as I see it. Have you been promoted at Microsoft, by the way? A promotion or change in role every two years would be excellent!

I would also mention extra curriculum, as Stanford especially (but also many other schools) are looking for “whole” or “round” profiles, so you would really need to add some volunteering or interesting hobbies to the list on top of what you already mentioned.

If you can make all of the above you have seem interesting and challenging enough, I would say your chances are good.

That said, Stanford is the toughest school (for anyone, not you specifically) to get into, so I would strongly advise you not to put all your eggs in one basket. You may want to consider Berkeley, MIT and UCLA given your profile, as well as the one year program in New York - Cornell Tech.

All in all I think you have a great profile. If you are interested, I am positive our consultants here at ARINGO and our strategy team that consists of a Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley and LBS alumni can help you with your essays and positioning to the school, when it comes to standing out.
If you would like to hear more, please send your details and cv to https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration and I will make sure our CEO, contacts you directly for a long chat…

But in any case: The best of luck to you!
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