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Re: Roll Call 2017
Type of Undergrad: Top 5 US, Top 10 Econ
Undergrad GPA: 3.96
Type of Grad: N/A
Grad GPA: N/A
GRE: 169 V, 170 Q, 5.0 AW
Math Courses: Calculus I (A), Calculus II (A), Calculus III (A-), Linear Algebra (B+), Real Analysis (A-), Optimization (A-), Statistics (A)
Econ Courses (grad-level): N/A
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Econ 101 (A), Intermediate Macro (A+), Intermediate Micro (A-), Intro. Econometrics (A), International Economics (A+), Financial Economics (A), Economics of Information (A-), Industrial Organization (A), Advanced Macroeconomics (A-), Advanced Econometrics (A-), Cultural Economics (A+), Time Series Econometrics (A)
Other Courses: Corporate Finance (A), Accounting (A+), Marketing (A), Business Strategy (A), several Poli Sci, Art History, Psychology (JDM)
Letters of recommendation: Tenured professor with a top 20 PhD who's been there for several decades, focusing on IO and Game Theory, did very well in his research and discussion-based class; manager with a top 5 PhD from research job, worked on several projects with him; professor with a top 5 PhD I TA'd for a couple of semesters; additional academic recommendation from IO professor
Research Experience: RA for professor for half a year during college; several years in econ consulting
Teaching Experience: TA for two semesters
Research Interests: IO, Political Economy
SOP: Standard; well-written and comprehensive but who's to say?
Concerns: Relative lack of strong math and stats experience (not too many courses, quite a few A-); wish I had completed the calculus sequence, taken differential equations and more analysis. A couple of minuses in some of the more advanced courses in Econ as well. Slightly concerned about the private industry experience and how that'll be interpreted. Most importantly, crippling insecurity.
Other: A bit of a diversity candidate, if that counts for anything at all.
Applying to: Harvard, Chicago Econ, NYU, Stern, Berkeley, HBS, Maryland, Boston U, Princeton, Brown, Wharton, Chicago Booth, Stanford, Harvard Kennedy (political econ & govt), Stanford GSB, Northwestern, MIT, Yale, Wisconsin, Columbia, Columbia Business