CreamTea Posted January 3, 2012 Share Posted January 3, 2012 Stats: Undergrad: 3.6 GPA from Notre Dame, majored in Chinese, Political Science and Finance Grades in selected courses: Calc 105: B+ Calc 108: A+ Micro econ: B+ Managerial econ (which is equivalent to intermediate micro): A- Macroeconomic Principles: B+ Business Statistics: A- GRE: Math scores were all over the map I've scored as low at the 500s when I didn't finish the test. Highest GRE scores: Math 670 Verbal 780 Other info: I'm a Filipino citizen, I grew up in Manila and came to the US for college when I was 17 I was in the International Scholars Program at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies (Notre Dame based institute) all that really means is that I got to work as a research assistant for an economist (he specializes in international trade) as an undergrad Work Experience: Citibank, financial analyst in New York for 1 year Volunteered for microfinance institution on the side International Finance Corporation 2 years in Manila and one year in Beijing (IFC is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) no volunteer work while I was working in Manila Recommendations: two profs (one Pol Science and one Economics) and my boss at IFC Manila I don't know what they wrote but I think they must have been good since I got into two programs Here's my problem: While I was at Citibank I applied to the following schools: Fletcher, Maryland, Kennedy, WWS Fletcher and Maryland- admit Kennedy and WWS - declined I took the job at IFC, moved back to Manila and took a huge pay cut to work in development. On my second year at IFC, I applied to the same four schools again Fletcher, Maryland- both offered scholarships (80 and 50% respectively) Kennedy MPP and WWS- decline The first time around, WWS provided a feedback letter upon request and the primary reason given was that they were concerned about my private sector background (this was when I was about to join IFC). They couldn't been sure about my commitment to the public sector. This makes sense as the majority of IFC analysts end up getting MBAs. The second time I applied, I was an IFC analyst and I wouldn't have been surprised if they declined me for the same reason except that my colleague was accepted! She was a couple of years older than I am. I asked for another feedback letter and assistant dean Templeton was swamped and asked if I could wait but he never got around to sending the letter even with my follow up emails. For Kennedy School- I don't know why I was declined. I'm particularly interested in the Business and Government Policy area so I thought I was a good fit. Another IFC colleague applied at the same time (the second time I applied) and got in. Math has never been my strong point and I dread taking the new GRE. I don't even know if that's the reason for the declines since WWS never mentioned it. I left IFC after three years- I found that my job was 90% investment and 10% development. I am now an associate with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in Beijing. It's an international non profit that provides advisory services on sustainability issues. It's actually a very good use of the 10% I learned at IFC. I plan to apply again to graduate school again this year. Any advice? I really want to get into WWS and Kennedy. Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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