Really enjoy your post and need some advices from you.
I took GMAT November and got 700 (V:34, M:51). I am 35 yrs old Chinese Canadian. I want to apply columbia, Chicago MIT,and Wharton in the second round of this year.
Here is my profile:
I got a computer software diploma (associate degree) in a Chinese university at age 20. I was a University Basketball Player and awarded Best debater of college Contest and Best Speaker of college Speech Contest.
After graduation, I worked in a top commercial bank of China as a credit analyst and loan officer. I was awarded Best ‘Employee of the Year ' In addition, I also responsible for some IT system such as MIS system, online banking, etc.
After worked in the bank almost eight years, I immigrated to Canada and studied undergraduate business coures in a top ten business school of Canada and graduated with distinction (major: Finance ; Minor: math and statistics.) also, I am a gold key society membership; (top 15 of faculty)
Although my CGPA is not high(just 3.4), I really need more efforts to get the distinction, because my oral is poor and I have two kids as I were in business school.
I have no professional work experience in Canada, but only 8 years bank experiences in China before I immigrated to Canada. I am really not sure if my work experiences are ok for application because the experiences are too far from now. In addition, do I need to retake gmat to boost it to 740+? If I begin to prepare my application, is the GMAT 700 good enough for the top schools? However, if I retake my gmat, I have no time to prepare my application. Moreover, do I need to take other business schools to lower risk? Now, I am 35 years old. Is it reallity to chase my dream?what are my chances at columbia/chicago/Wharton? What is the best strategy for my application? I am looking forward your reply.
Thanks in advance!