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Re: College Application

Well, this is a pretty open question, but if I had ONE piece of advice it would be: "Answer the question you're being asked." That seems obvious, but it can be tricky: one school asks about your career aspirations and how their program can help, another asks about your short-term goal s and your pla...

by MargaretStrother

Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: College Application
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Regarding schools choice and POST MBA -Career GOALS

Hi Dreamerat34! You have a good grasp of the issues. The key will be finding programs where the experience-range and school assets are both a fit for you. GRE: yes, get it to 160/160 or higher -- again, I recommend looking at your target schools' incoming class profiles, but in my experience the old...


Re: GMAT or GRE for lawyer

I'd recommend the GRE, unless you're particularly strong in quant skills. Most lawyers I've worked with have strong verbal skills given their background, but unless they had a lot of quant in undergrad, they struggled with the quant in the GMAT. People generally tell me the GRE is easier for this sk...

by MargaretStrother

Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: GMAT or GRE for lawyer
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Admission into a top school?

Fortunately, there will be a few years between your undergraduate graduation and beginning your MBA studies -- typically 3 or 4 years of full-time, post college work experience. So that gives you a lot of time to do things that can minimize the negative impact of the low GPA. * First, of course, be ...

by MargaretStrother

Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Admission into a top school?
Replies: 4
Views: 2501

Re: Msc Finance - Need guidance and evaluation for 20F non-IT Indian

Hi -- your numbers look great, but the first thing we need to determine is whether the schools you're interested in will accept applicants with no post-undergraduate work experience. (As an MBA specialist, the MsF applicants I've worked with generally have had a few years of work experience.) Lookin...


Re: Profile Evaluation for HSW

Hi Fin94! Well, you've got a lot of good stuff here: love the GMAT, love the work experience. GPA: a bit low for HBS, but they might overlook it if everything else is spectacular. However, I don't have enough material to assess your competitiveness for these programs. Missing for me is leadership, i...

by MargaretStrother

Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Profile Evaluation for HSW
Replies: 3
Views: 1447

Re: 50 Years Old - Am I Too Old to Start Career?

It's an interesting challenge, and one I totally understand. IMO you're never too old to start a new career. "Too old to start a career," however, is different from "too old to get accepted to a full-time, two year MBA program." If you're serious about using a full-time MBA as a career redirection t...

by MargaretStrother

Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: 50 Years Old - Am I Too Old to Start Career?
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Looking for guidance regarding Masters/MBA choices

Quick thoughts: At age 33, you're probably looking at an EMBA or part-time/fully-employed MBA. Why? Partly chances -- for top MBA programs, the curve begins to peter out after 30; partly fit -- you'll be with more people at your own level of experience. Which program or format for you depends on a f...


Re: Requesting a profile review

Hi -- my apologies for getting back to you so slowly on your query, and thanks for your patience. First off, I appreciate your comprehensive post! Makes it much easier to give you a solid assessment. Your target schools are reasonable, but I think you'll need a slightly higher Q GRE. That said, eigh...

by MargaretStrother

Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Requesting a profile review
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Re: Help required: Broken but the phoenix shall rise again

Well, there's 680 and there's 680. Granted your Q is a bit low for your demographic, but GMAT alone is not the sole criterion for admission to top business schools; on the contrary, admissions is a holistic process. What do you bring overall? And where are you headed, and why is this school the righ...


Re: Profile Evaluation for INSEAD

First of all, I’d like to congratulate you for a really well-presented profile! You’ve got some great stuff here: Super GMAT, one of the highest GPAs I’ve ever seen from a top Indian university, and I love that you’re challenging yourself by questioning whether your strengths are good enough – that ...

by MargaretStrother

Fri May 01, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile Evaluation for INSEAD
Replies: 1
Views: 947

I understand your concerns! But 3 - 4 years of experience is pretty standard for MBA applicants, albeit many who are under 30. I do think, however, that your international/Greenpeace experience is a strong enough differentiating factor that if you target your post-MBA goals well and spend the spring...

by MargaretStrother

Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: MBA or MS..Can you help with my dilemma ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Well, I'm an MBA advocate, so my first thought is MBA, for sure! You've got some great stuff in your profile, especially the volunteering experiences, which are strongly differentiating. But there are two things to consider: 1) Your age -- why aren't you applying for the MBA now? You could make a gr...

by MargaretStrother

Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: MBA or MS..Can you help with my dilemma ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Yes, you're in a less-differentiated applicant pool and your GMAT is slightly low for the schools you're targeting, but you have some strong differentiating points: most people in your category lack the international exposure you have, and you might want to increase that to maximize its relevance (p...


Harvard Business School's "Harbus" site offers a compilation of successful HBS essays, which is updated annually. It can be helpful -- not to copy, heaven forbid, somebody else's work, but to show you how many different effective approaches there can be, while providing a reasonably good overview of...

by MargaretStrother

Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Successful Essays
Replies: 7
Views: 1211