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Applying to MBA - top tips for an excellent application?

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That's bad advice SC1. Adcoms are pretty good at seeing through that and will probably grill such a candidate in interviews. There needs to be strong reasoning and a water tight case to do such a thing

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Banker to nonprofit is so cliche

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Write your essays and goals in a way that makes the most interesting story possible (ex. Banker to non-profit) even if you don't plan to follow through. Get the admit and you can switch paths once you're enrolled

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Call clearadmit.com for help. They are amazing...especially once you realize that being a consultant actually is a negative when it comes to applying to mba programs

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Why is being a consultant a negative?

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...which you can create with low / moderate preparation.

Reference letters from people who actually know you well, not just the highest ranking person you can find

It's just a big pool. Not really a negative

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First MBA app submitted!

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