Hi there mate,
Thanks for providing so much information - it's definitely helpful! Let's see if we can't get you some answers to your questions.
Firstly, no, you are absolutely not aiming too high. But we'll get into that a little bit later. Let's talk about the various components of your profile first.GMAT:
Great - nothing to worry about here!Academics:
Ok, so this is a definite speedbump / low brick wall. Key word is "low". Part of it can be explained by your extracurriculars. Between ROTC and Lacrosse, I'm sure you had your plate full and adcoms understand the burden this places on folks. However, you also went through some significant distress which can be impactful in laying out cause and effect but within reason. I'm not going to lie to you - your GPA is pretty bad but it's the only part of your application that is a source of concern for me and in that is its saving grace.Professional Experience:
As a battery officer, you clearly have some fantastic leadership opportunities to pull from. You have a deployment along with some impactful projects that you managed. And you're a captain! That's all great stuff.Recommendations:
Um, you're set. That's a pretty strong pair of recs!Extracurriculars:
These are a little light post graduation BUT it makes perfect sense - you're in the army. You don't have the same opportunities other applicants do. However, you're still involved and being a part of the Boys and Girls club is a nice thing that rounds you out.
So back to schools, you've listed some great programs and then some that raise my eyebrows. Some of your "preferred" and all of your "safety", in my opinion, are too low. You should be a little more ambitious. On the flip side, Wharton is going to be a tough nut to crack. Also, with your career goals, some make more sense for some than others. For example, IT consultancy is at most programs but government consulting is a little harder to find.
To kick it back to you for a moment - what do you REALLY want to do after you graduate? What's your #1 choice? There's no right answer but I'm not asking you what you think is most realistic, but what your dream is. The rest will fall into place around that.
Look forward to hearing from you!
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