Stanford GSB the second of the trinity of magnificent business schools. With acceptance rates of 5.7%, Stanford GSB is a loonng shot for me. The odds are simply not in my favor. So why even bother applying, you might ask. Well, it’s quite simple, I love the school – the ethos of innovation and entrepreneurship that the school exudes is what I want to be a part of! Kellogg is still on the top of my list but both schools might finish in a dead-heat.
Also, Stanford because of this profound Will Smith quote.
My thoughts classified. I will be updating it as and when I get relevant information on some of the incomplete boxes!
For those of you interested in Stanford GSB, Check out this awesome video blog by Koodzi, a recent Stanford admit! He has some great insights!
Business schools on the road
International applicants who cannot visit schools they want to apply to will agree with me when I say, the thrust by top business schools on having information sessions/ admission events world–wide is a godsend. I am so excited that four of my target schools will be making a stopover in India. It will be liberating to gather empirical evidence and put a face to the name!
For those of you interested I have put down links for the Admissions Tour Dates of my target schools. Sadly, Haas and Cornell (Johnson) aren’t coming down. I was looking forward to meeting them. I ‘ll have to make the best of emailing current students and alumni.
I’ve been following my target schools on the social media ( Facebook, Twitter, Blogs & Instagram). It’s a fun way to keep tabs on what your schools are up to and a fantastic medium to connect with current students. You also will have a ton of rich content to work into your essays after couple of weeks of stalking. As most current students and admissions offices are social media savvy – Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the first places that will splashed with the ‘breaking news’ of any given school. You will be exposed to all the latest collaborations that schools have engaged in ( your essays could talk about how you’d thrive in those collaborations), different inter-school competitions( that you would love to be a part of, if admitted) and new programs that have sprouted.
Give it a whirl, if you aren’t already connected Social Media’wise’.
The admissions process is very grueling, it forces you to take a hard look at yourself (There are times these deep introspection exercises, have led to astral travel; more on that in another post). Although, I have a few aces up my sleeve like – my goals, which I will be able to articulate in my essays with conviction (both short-term and long-term), being a social entrepreneur and all that. I can’t help but feel like I have major deficiencies in certain wedges of my profile. I do not have a stellar GPA; more like a subpar GPA, I haven’t got impressive credentials for community work either, just an NGO, where I have devoted a couple of months. Apart from being a part of the Indian Bloggers League, AirAsia Bloggers Community ( I don’t know if this counts) and a certified Tea Taster(Yeah, I am eccentric), I do not have anything that makes me memorable . You can see why I have certain inhibitions about my candidacy.
A critical look at my profile
- 23 year old Female
- Undergrad –B.A Economics (2011) 2.9 GPA (Yes, I played the fool in college, I thought leading the drama club and winning business competitions were way cooler)
- Supplemented that with a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing (2013- 2014) GPA – 7.0/9.0
- 4 Years of solid work experience upon matriculation – the first 2 years were spent at a start-up, where I lead Marketing and New product development. The past 1 year have been spent building my own firm.
- My company is a for profit social enterprise – I intend to leverage that to the maximum.
- GMAT: I am working my butt off to get that 760. I am hoping a good GMAT score will offset my pathetic GPA.
There it is. A glimpse into my not so spectacular profile!
Penny for your thoughts?
It wasn’t until my friend was researching and applying to Yale last application season that I realized that – Yale is a great school, especially for their focus in my field, Social Impact Businesses. (And yes, my friend is going to Yale SOM in August!) I have done some research and learnt a lot of wonderful things about the school. The one thing that I am slightly cut up about is, it not being a powerhouse in marketing. Strength in Marketing, is something I am really looking for in a Business School.
I have pigeonholed all my thoughts on Yale SOM in the tally! Let me know what you think! 🙂
GMAT Prepwise, I am in week 3, trudging along. My schedule is something like this on the weekdays
4:30 AM – 6:30 AM – Verbal ( currently finishing up SC from the Aristotle SC Grail)
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Quant ( I am following the Manhattan GMAT Guides)
8:30 PM – Till i black out – Go through my notes, rules and flash cards. and Of course my Multiplication tables.