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Profile Evaluation Request

by lukebowes1234 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:29 am
GMAT 730 (44Q 47V 8IR)
Undergrad GPA 3.8 Accounting
Passed all 3 levels of the CFA
Age: 24, 25 at matriculation
Work: Small independent Investment Advisory firm in Knoxville, TN. 3 years full time at Matriculation. Also a couple of years as an intern/part-time at same firm while in school.
Undergrad Attended: Small regional liberal arts school. (nothing special)
British Citizen (currently work and live in US on visa)

Extra Curricular: Heavy involvement for 4 years (ending 2 years ago) with the private boarding high school I went to. They have a lot of international students so I helped out in the dorms, as well as being the assistant coach of the HS boys varsity team (all purely as volunteer). Also on a committee of a program, and a chair of another program at the Optimist Club of Knoxville.

My Story: I decided I wanted to live in the US when I was 14. So after finishing HS in England (which happens at age 16), I applied to and enrolled to a private boarding HS in the US. I moved here, on my own, when I was 16. Have since gone through college here and also worked here for a few years now on a work visa.

ST Goals: Investment Banking M&A
LT Goals: Private Equity and perhaps one day PhD and teach Finance when I'm retired from industry.

My 5 schools:



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by mbaMissionJenK » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:30 am
Hi there,

Thanks for your post. Based on what you've shared, you have the following strengths in my view..

-determination & drive, and your story of wanting to move to the US and making it happen
-international experiences
-small factor- the EC involvements; though during HS is usually much less important

And the following potential weaknesses or challenges:

-slightly fewer than average years of work experience, but does not have to be a deal-breaker... schools will look at the quality of that experience and what you've done during your years; leadership and people and project management are pluses

Plus the unknown contributing factors of:
-recommendations, essays, interviews

Overall I feel your school list is reasonable, and would think you have good chances at Kenan Flagler, followed by Johnson & Ross, and then Darden/Duke. But all sound like good options for you to try for.

Let us know if we can help further, and best wishes!
Jennifer Kedrowski
MBA Admissions Consultant
[email protected]

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