Posted by Alexis on 07/26/20 7:28pm
I am a French student (20 years old) from a top 10 French B-School (Bachelor in Management ranked 4th in France, second bachelor's degree with the most applications in 2020 in France) and I have been the best students in my first two years with a 4.0/4.0 GPA.
I have done my exchange semester in the Arizona State University and I had the best marks of my classes (GPA 4.0/4.0). I also integrated a university association named "Change the World". I have created a start-up in 2018 in France and another one this year during my exchange semester. Thanks to my first start-up I have integrated to the best incubator of the South of France for 6 months.
Unfortunately, I left the first start-up because of troubles with my associate and the second one because we had to stop our activity due to COVID-19. I have done two internships: One as General Manager (team management + marketing + achievements such as improving the total revenue by 10%) in a huge restaurant for 3 months and another one as the CEO's Assistant of a national known company in Albania for 3 months. Furthermore, I have done 6 months of volunteering as a French-Albanian translator in France to help Albanian immigrants. I also have a 1 year volunteering in my B-School. I was an ambassador of the school and had to represent it in forums and high schools. Thanks to my work during this volunteering. I had an exclusive "recommendation" from the Head of Contests and Promotion of the school. I am also the Vice-President of the School student office and I have to manage 50 people and organise events for more than 500 persons.
For my third year I have been chosen to pursue a Dual Degree in Germany and write a thesis. So I will have 2 Bachelor's degrees. This German Bachelor is ranked among the Third Best Bachelor in International Business Administration in Germany). I will have to write a full thesis during this year.
Regarding GMAT, I am currently learning through E-Gmat and Target Test Prep. I hope to reach a score between 660-710.IELTS 7/9 (C1). I speak French (bilingual), Albanian (B2) and Spanish (B2).
Letters of recommendation: I have one letter from my Albanian Internship and I am hesitating for my academic one. Is it better to have a letter from a professor or from my School Director (she doesn't really know me but I finished first so I can have a letter from her)?
I have been the Captain of a local soccer team between 2014 and 2018 and we won 2 leagues. In 2013 our BasketBall team won the Regional Championship and so played as a national level and I was the captain of the team.
I won my B-School Business Game which is a team game in which you have a business that you have to develop while having the whole school compete. We had the best financial results and I have been elected as the Leader of the winning team.
I want to apply to those schools and programs:-CEMS Bocconi or HEC-MiM Bocconi-Mim St Gallen-Mim HEC-Hec-Yale M2M-MiM LBS-MiM LSE-Yale Silver Program-EDHEC Triple Degree Program-Mim ESCP Europe-MiM Essec
Will apply to R1 to all.My preferred choice would be the HEC-Yale M2M, Mim HEC, MiM LBS, CEMS.
So what do you think about all of this? Do I have any chance? Even with a 660 GMAT Score?Thank you for your help!
Posted by thomas.graf on 07/27/20 11:05am
as for your first question: I would choose someone, wh knows you well, for the reference letter. The person, who writes the letter, will be asked upfront how well and how long he/she knows you - otherwise the reference wouldn't make sense either.
As for your second question, I would say that you have very good chances - even at schools that weigh the grades and the GMAT score a lot. Please have a look into my Survey The MIM - Entry Requirements for the Master in Management to learn more about this.
If I was you, I would pursue the strategy that I explain and outline in my guidebook Business Masters - How you find the best Master in Management and MBA:
Best wishes,Thomas Graf
Founder of the MIM CompassAuthor of the MIM eBooks
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