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## Profile Evaluation

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desiatom Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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#### Profile Evaluation

Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:27 am
Hello!

Here is a quick rundown of my profile

Age: 27
Miami, FL
Cuban American Background (Mother born in Havana)
Grad GPA: 3.7 Florida International University MS in Management Information Systems
GMAT: 710 (48 Quant 40 Verbal)

Work Experience: 5 years

Sorry to be so long winded, but I believe that my background is a bit different from someone that has only worked for a large corporation and requires a bit more explaining.

Recommendations: Since my shareholders and supervisors are family members, I am getting recommendations from 2 different clients that have worked with me for over 4 years. I intend on submitting optional essays that discuss this choice.

Community Service/Involvement: Junior Achievement Miami Company Program: teaches high school students the ins and outs of starting a business (2+ years involvement)
Condo Association Board Member

I am applying to: HBS/TUCK/FUQUA/DARDEN

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Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:01 am
Dear Desiatom,

Thanks for your post. I agree that you have a rather non-traditional background and it sounds like you are aware of many of the key areas you will need to address as an MBA applicant.

It's clear that your academic numbers and GMAT will keep you squarely in the running at the schools on your list. In addition, your status as a Cuban/American will make you very unique in the applicant pool.

The key to your candidacy will really come down to how you position your work experience. You will need to avoid issues of nepotism while giving the adcom a sense for what you've truly accomplished (and for what the firm does, since it will be unfamiliar to your readers). You will also need to highlight clear plans for the future in order to indicate why you need the MBA/why now (beyond the fact that it sounds like the family business is being sold).

Your strategy for the rec letters seems sound, since it would clearly be inappropriate to have anyone from your family write on your behalf.

Your XCs look decent - although the Junior Achievement work is clearly going to carry more weight than sitting on the board of your condo association (unless there are substantial leadership responsibilities involved with the latter?).

Your school selection looks fine in terms of your profile/competitiveness, but I'm curious as to how you developed this list. Obviously, if I knew more about your goals, it would be easier to make recommendations in terms of which programs are most appropriate.

Best of luck,

Graham

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