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680/3.1 GPA Glassblower Needs Your Advise on Schools [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 21:02
First, thanks so much for your time. If you could look at my information below and give any recommendations for programs that would be a good fit I would greatly appreciate it.

I have a bit of a non-traditional background and have spent the majority of my working career in the non-profit sector (outlined below.) The idea of having a mission other than simply making money is very important to me and is something I want to pursue in the future. I am interested in pursuing an MBA to to gain the knowledge necessary to successfully run a non-profit or socially conscious business in the future (post mba.) :)

Basic stats: 32/F/American

GMAT: 680 V36 M46 retaking in August

Work experience:
I picked glassblowing up as hobby in college and upon graduation decided to make it a career. On average it takes 10,000 hours (5 years of 40 hours/week) to become proficient. I spent my first three years out of college applying for and being granted scholarships for classes, sleeping on couches, working for free or room and board just to gain the skills needed to be competent enough to be paid. I now work for the leading glass museum in the world in the marketing department as a team leader, one of six full time glassblowing demonstrators and the first fulltime female glassblower in the museums history.
Among other things, my job consists of managing shows and demonstrators, and representing the museum at remote venues around the world (15 projects, led 8.)
The museum is partnered with a cruise line and my main focus for the last five years has been setting up and running glassblowing demonstrations onboard. My job includes maintenance, logistics, and managing personal onboard. I also created the training manual, trained many of the present managers, and worked onboard with 60+ different nationalities in multiple countries across the globe to ensure the smooth running of the world’s first glassblowing show at sea. I’m also occasionally called upon to teach classes and do media interviews.
I worked for the museum for four years part-time before being hired fulltime five years ago. Prior to working for the museum, I was an independently employed artist and worked for other artists and craft schools across the country.
My only non-glass related employment since college graduation was a brief part time job teaching GRE and SAT prep.

Education:
Cornell University, 3.1 BS Design and Environmental Analysis. I went to Cornell when I was 17 and spent a year in the engineering school before transferring into a major which I later found to be uninspiring and also played four years of varsity softball (hence the low GPA)

Extracurricular activities:
Glassblowing
Co-captain of the Cornell Varsity Softball –played all 4 years
Hiking- including summiting Kilimanjaro
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Re: 680/3.1 GPA Glassblower Needs Your Advise on Schools [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2013, 01:39
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Netsy19 wrote:
First, thanks so much for your time. If you could look at my information below and give any recommendations for programs that would be a good fit I would greatly appreciate it.

I have a bit of a non-traditional background and have spent the majority of my working career in the non-profit sector (outlined below.) The idea of having a mission other than simply making money is very important to me and is something I want to pursue in the future. I am interested in pursuing an MBA to to gain the knowledge necessary to successfully run a non-profit or socially conscious business in the future (post mba.) :)

Basic stats: 32/F/American

GMAT: 680 V36 M46 retaking in August

Work experience:
I picked glassblowing up as hobby in college and upon graduation decided to make it a career. On average it takes 10,000 hours (5 years of 40 hours/week) to become proficient. I spent my first three years out of college applying for and being granted scholarships for classes, sleeping on couches, working for free or room and board just to gain the skills needed to be competent enough to be paid. I now work for the leading glass museum in the world in the marketing department as a team leader, one of six full time glassblowing demonstrators and the first fulltime female glassblower in the museums history.
Among other things, my job consists of managing shows and demonstrators, and representing the museum at remote venues around the world (15 projects, led 8.)
The museum is partnered with a cruise line and my main focus for the last five years has been setting up and running glassblowing demonstrations onboard. My job includes maintenance, logistics, and managing personal onboard. I also created the training manual, trained many of the present managers, and worked onboard with 60+ different nationalities in multiple countries across the globe to ensure the smooth running of the world’s first glassblowing show at sea. I’m also occasionally called upon to teach classes and do media interviews.
I worked for the museum for four years part-time before being hired fulltime five years ago. Prior to working for the museum, I was an independently employed artist and worked for other artists and craft schools across the country.
My only non-glass related employment since college graduation was a brief part time job teaching GRE and SAT prep.

Education:
Cornell University, 3.1 BS Design and Environmental Analysis. I went to Cornell when I was 17 and spent a year in the engineering school before transferring into a major which I later found to be uninspiring and also played four years of varsity softball (hence the low GPA)

Extracurricular activities:
Glassblowing
Co-captain of the Cornell Varsity Softball –played all 4 years
Hiking- including summiting Kilimanjaro


I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I was traveling.

You have a fascinating story. I am concerned, however, that your academics are not competitive at Stanford. A significantly higher GMAT would help you, but you also have what is for Stanford a below average GPA. Nonetheless, if you raise your GMAT and Stanford is your dream school, you should certainly apply. But also apply to other programs that support your goals and where you will be more comopetitive. Consider Georgetown, Yale, and Notre Dame, Ross, Cornell.

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Re: 680/3.1 GPA Glassblower Needs Your Advise on Schools [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2013, 19:52
I travel quite a bit myself, so I completely understand. Thanks so much for all the information. I'm going to be taking the gmat again in August and am hoping for a better score. I'll definitely take a look at the schools you've recommended. Thanks so much again!
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Re: 680/3.1 GPA Glassblower Needs Your Advise on Schools [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2013, 04:40
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Netsy19 wrote:
I travel quite a bit myself, so I completely understand. Thanks so much for all the information. I'm going to be taking the gmat again in August and am hoping for a better score. I'll definitely take a look at the schools you've recommended. Thanks so much again!


You're most welcome.

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