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Post Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:32 am
nameisashish wrote:
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your kind reply.

Actually why i said my application has improved significantly is because I rushed my previous LBS application in round 3(only had a week to prepare),still do not understand why i did that.My GMAT was 650 and CV, essays were way below standard.

After submitting my LBS application I prepared well to improve my CV ,essays for INSEAD and spent around 3 months preparing for same.The end result was to my satisfaction. But I think reason my application failed in INSEAD is not because of essays but my poor GMAT score and FT rankings which led to 60% increase in application. I am pretty sure admissions did not even look into my essays and rejected me with first GMAT hurdle.

So, I learned my lesson and improved my GMAT and worked on my reapplication essay and with the responses I have from LBS am really hopeful. for INSEAD am just hoping with my improved GMAT score they will at least look into my essays and get insights into my application. Have to say INSEAD response is not encouraging at all for reapplication but am persistent and this is how I have been all my life Smile

Good thing is I am applying to them in Round 2 so just having a good feeling about the applications this time.

Keeping fingers crossed and thanks so much for your encouraging response and your help in evaluating my profile.

Will keep you posted !


Cheers!
That does sound promising indeed! Wishing you all the best!

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Post Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:19 pm
and I got the invite from INSEAD,hope i don't waste it this time,so excited !!!!

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Post Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:40 pm
[quote="Michelle@ARINGO"][quote="hemansan"]Hi Michelle,

I am a married male, Indian, from Software Industry. I will have total 10 years experience in June 2017.
I am working as manager for last 4 yrs, and planning to apply for MBA.

I have done MS from one of the top colleges from India with 8.3 / 10 GPA.
My managerial experience has been in mobile app development where I have worked with startups to develop their products.
I have also tried to start two businesses unsuccessfully where I had built the products and got some traction as well.

Among extracurricuIar activities, I have done volunteer work in the NGOs.

I was thinking of applying to Stanford MsX, MIT, Cornell Tech, Cornell Johnson, UT Austin, and University of South California.

Can you please suggest my chances in these schools and any other good options for me ?[/quote]

Hi and thanks for reaching out!

Unfortunately I am missing quite a bit of relevant information here, especially as some of the schools you’ve mentioned are very competitive. So based on the information given I can’t really answer that at this point.

Some of the information missing that I would need is of course your GMAT score, understanding if and how often you were promoted, what those NGOs are and what you role there is etc.

Therefore, I would suggest you request a free profile evaluation on http://aringo.com/. We would be happy to give you a proper evaluation once we have all the information we need but with so many pieces missing anything I tell you right now would probably not be correct.[/quote]

Hi Michelle,
Sorry for late reply. I have got 730 in GMAT, 108 in TOEFL.
I am working in a startup and promoted twice in last 4 years.
I have been only participating in NGOs and did not have any active leadership roles there.
I had tried my own venture with a mobile app and website and had got 2000 downloads.
My undergraduate percentage are 66%, and Postgraduate score is 8.4 out of 10.
I am currently working as a Delivery Director in the app development company. I started as project manager here 4 years ago.
I have worked with clients/teams from every continent of the world, and lived in US for almost a year for company assignments.
I am 33 years old and married with a kid.

With this background, I am now looking for following schools:
Stanford
Duke
UT Austin
University of Michigan ROSS School of management
Carnegie Mellon
Uni. of Virginia Darden.
Indiana University Kelly School of management,

I wanted to know if these are the right (approachable) schools for me.
I was also looking for couple of schools where I could get admission with scholarship. It would be great if you have a suggestion or two for the same.

Thanks,
Hemant

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Post Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:40 pm
[quote="Michelle@ARINGO"][quote="hemansan"]Hi Michelle,

I am a married male, Indian, from Software Industry. I will have total 10 years experience in June 2017.
I am working as manager for last 4 yrs, and planning to apply for MBA.

I have done MS from one of the top colleges from India with 8.3 / 10 GPA.
My managerial experience has been in mobile app development where I have worked with startups to develop their products.
I have also tried to start two businesses unsuccessfully where I had built the products and got some traction as well.

Among extracurricuIar activities, I have done volunteer work in the NGOs.

I was thinking of applying to Stanford MsX, MIT, Cornell Tech, Cornell Johnson, UT Austin, and University of South California.

Can you please suggest my chances in these schools and any other good options for me ?[/quote]

Hi and thanks for reaching out!

Unfortunately I am missing quite a bit of relevant information here, especially as some of the schools you’ve mentioned are very competitive. So based on the information given I can’t really answer that at this point.

Some of the information missing that I would need is of course your GMAT score, understanding if and how often you were promoted, what those NGOs are and what you role there is etc.

Therefore, I would suggest you request a free profile evaluation on http://aringo.com/. We would be happy to give you a proper evaluation once we have all the information we need but with so many pieces missing anything I tell you right now would probably not be correct.[/quote]

Hi Michelle,
Sorry for late reply. I have got 730 in GMAT, 108 in TOEFL.
I am working in a startup and promoted twice in last 4 years.
I have been only participating in NGOs and did not have any active leadership roles there.
I had tried my own venture with a mobile app and website and had got 2000 downloads.
My undergraduate percentage are 66%, and Postgraduate score is 8.4 out of 10.
I am currently working as a Delivery Director in the app development company. I started as project manager here 4 years ago.
I have worked with clients/teams from every continent of the world, and lived in US for almost a year for company assignments.
I am 33 years old and married with a kid.

With this background, I am now looking for following schools:
Stanford
Duke
UT Austin
University of Michigan ROSS School of management
Carnegie Mellon
Uni. of Virginia Darden.
Indiana University Kelly School of management,

I wanted to know if these are the right (approachable) schools for me.
I was also looking for couple of schools where I could get admission with scholarship. It would be great if you have a suggestion or two for the same.

Thanks a ton in advance and appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Hemant

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Post Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:07 pm
nameisashish wrote:
and I got the invite from INSEAD,hope i don't waste it this time,so excited !!!!
Great! Very happy to hear that! Best of luck to you!

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Post Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:10 pm
hemansan wrote:
Hi Michelle,
Sorry for late reply. I have got 730 in GMAT, 108 in TOEFL.
I am working in a startup and promoted twice in last 4 years.
I have been only participating in NGOs and did not have any active leadership roles there.
I had tried my own venture with a mobile app and website and had got 2000 downloads.
My undergraduate percentage are 66%, and Postgraduate score is 8.4 out of 10.
I am currently working as a Delivery Director in the app development company. I started as project manager here 4 years ago.
I have worked with clients/teams from every continent of the world, and lived in US for almost a year for company assignments.
I am 33 years old and married with a kid.

With this background, I am now looking for following schools:
Stanford
Duke
UT Austin
University of Michigan ROSS School of management
Carnegie Mellon
Uni. of Virginia Darden.
Indiana University Kelly School of management,

I wanted to know if these are the right (approachable) schools for me.
I was also looking for couple of schools where I could get admission with scholarship. It would be great if you have a suggestion or two for the same.

Thanks a ton in advance and appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Hemant
Ok, so out of these schools I would say that Stanford, Duke and Michigan Ross would probably be reach schools, the others do seem realistic with top notch applications but I see now that I forgot to ask you about your post-MBA goal, which would be important for school selection as well of course. So please keep that in mind when making your choice as well.

Of course you should still apply to reach schools as well (1 or 2) because you never know, but you definitely want to keep some more realistic options in your list as well so as not to end up with nothing.

I also want to point out that even with your experience and nice GMAT score you will need very strong applications in order to have a fighting chance as you come from a very over represented applicant pool as an Indian so please work hard on that!

As for scholarships, those are much harder to predict in forum threads like this, especially for Indian applicants, but they are possible. You can see here: https://aringo.com/mba-scholarships/ that the ARINGO team has helped applicants get scholarships at some of the schools you mentioned in the past so if you were to work with ARINGO on your application we could surely put you in contact with the relevant consultants in order to give you a more precise assessment on that part.

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Post Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:46 pm
[quote="Michelle@ARINGO"][quote="hemansan"]Hi Michelle,
Sorry for late reply. I have got 730 in GMAT, 108 in TOEFL.
I am working in a startup and promoted twice in last 4 years.
I have been only participating in NGOs and did not have any active leadership roles there.
I had tried my own venture with a mobile app and website and had got 2000 downloads.
My undergraduate percentage are 66%, and Postgraduate score is 8.4 out of 10.
I am currently working as a Delivery Director in the app development company. I started as project manager here 4 years ago.
I have worked with clients/teams from every continent of the world, and lived in US for almost a year for company assignments.
I am 33 years old and married with a kid.

With this background, I am now looking for following schools:
Stanford
Duke
UT Austin
University of Michigan ROSS School of management
Carnegie Mellon
Uni. of Virginia Darden.
Indiana University Kelly School of management,

I wanted to know if these are the right (approachable) schools for me.
I was also looking for couple of schools where I could get admission with scholarship. It would be great if you have a suggestion or two for the same.

Thanks a ton in advance and appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Hemant[/quote]

Ok, so out of these schools I would say that Stanford, Duke and Michigan Ross would probably be reach schools, the others do seem realistic with top notch applications but I see now that I forgot to ask you about your post-MBA goal, which would be important for school selection as well of course. So please keep that in mind when making your choice as well.

Of course you should still apply to reach schools as well (1 or 2) because you never know, but you definitely want to keep some more realistic options in your list as well so as not to end up with nothing.

I also want to point out that even with your experience and nice GMAT score you will need very strong applications in order to have a fighting chance as you come from a very over represented applicant pool as an Indian so please work hard on that!

As for scholarships, those are much harder to predict in forum threads like this, especially for Indian applicants, but they are possible. You can see here: https://aringo.com/mba-scholarships/ that the ARINGO team has helped applicants get scholarships at some of the schools you mentioned in the past so if you were to work with ARINGO on your application we could surely put you in contact with the relevant consultants in order to give you a more precise assessment on that part.[/quote]

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for the inputs.
I certainly intend to take help from Aringo in the application process.
My aim is to join the product management groups of software companies such as Google and Microsoft.
Considering that fact, and with your previous suggestions, I am thinking of applying to the following colleges:

Stanford,
MIT
U of Michigan
UC Los Angeles,
UC Berkeley,

Carnegie mellon,
University of Texas, Austin

Do you think that I am considering too many reach colleges?

GMAT/MBA Expert

Post Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:43 am
hemansan wrote:
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for the inputs.
I certainly intend to take help from Aringo in the application process.
My aim is to join the product management groups of software companies such as Google and Microsoft.
Considering that fact, and with your previous suggestions, I am thinking of applying to the following colleges:

Stanford,
MIT
U of Michigan
UC Los Angeles,
UC Berkeley,

Carnegie mellon,
University of Texas, Austin

Do you think that I am considering too many reach colleges?
Difficult question, it’s really quite personal as it depends on your budget (if working with an admissions consultant) and how much time you will have to work on your applications. I will say that the list is quite long, maybe longer than what we generally recommend and with one more reach school that we usually recommend for applicants. Does that mean you should not stick with your list, if you really think these are the schools for you and you have a good reason for that for each school? Not necessarily. We do see applicants with longer school lists as well and we don’t discourage people from trying. The only issue with a lot of schools is generally that it can be hard to demonstrate fit for all of them (especially as there are significant differences between them) but if you think you are up for it, go ahead!


Hope that helps somewhat, it is not a very simple question to answer as it is so personal, as I am sure you can imagine.

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