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Chance of getting into H/W/S?

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Chance of getting into H/W/S?

Post Tue May 02, 2017 9:21 am
Hi, thanks for taking the time to look through my profile.

- Korean male (28-29y)
- Seoul National University (top school in Korea) with 4.0/4.3 GPA majoring in Business Administration
- GMAT 760 / TOEFL 120
- Worked at/cofounded a couple of startups in my undergrad (nothing big or successful at all, but a good experience)
- 2-year military service in US Army based in Korea (in leadership role as squad leader)
- 2 years as investment banking analyst at bulge bracket (one of Citigroup/BAML/Credit Suisse) in Hong Kong
- 2 years as associate at Asian regional private equity firm in Korea

I'm quite confident in my story/essays/experiences. My concern is that I'm older than my four years of work experience because of my two years in mandatory military service (dunno if that would count as work experience) but I was fortunate enough to serve it as part of the US Army stationed here in Korea (through a special program), with lots of good experiences as a leader to recount. Hoping that counts as a "diverse" experience or whatnot. Also, I'm guessing my non-US undergrad (though it is the best school in Korea) with no experience in the US might go against me? Not too sure about that, would love to hear your thoughts.

Overall, just curious if this type of profile would have a shot at HBS/Wharton/Stan.

Appreciate it!

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Post Sun May 14, 2017 10:35 pm
Hey dude!
You have a VERY interesting profile that is quite strong. I think this whole "Korean in the US army" is gonna be a real winner for you if you play your cards right. It's a very unique story, one that for sure has the potential to appeal to a US "audience" and one that will potentially showcase your leadership. So yeah!

The age thing? Honestly, dude it's a non-issue. Don't even thing about it Smile
And YES, the Army is most emphatically work experience.

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