wow. MIT? baller here. I mean I had medical issues at Michigan State and Purdue, which is why I had a 2.8 in business class. I wrote about these in my alternative essays. However, I took accounting at a tier 3 school, and its not even close. At first, I thought its easier because I'm 24 and not 20, but that isn't it. Its a joke at this tier 3 school compared to a big ten school
Ha, MIT I pray I can get in there someday, its my target school.
No my post comes from experiences of mine. I did student interviews for scholarships when I was in college and sit in on interviews at my work. To me grades are much less about your intelligence but the amount of work and effort you put in. I know people who are amazingly bright but took 5 or 6 years to graduate cause they never applied themselves. Sometimes having a 4.0 can hurt unless you interview very well because some people (who probably didn't have a 4.0) can view that as too focused on grades and not enough on being well rounded. I have interviewed kids that on paper were amazing but after 15 minutes of face time realize I could never work with them since they lacked the social skills to really interact. A weaker GPA or test score are probably two of the easier portions to overcome in an application. Poor work experience and terrible essays are the most sure fire way to ruin an application. A terrible cover letter can ruin a job application before you ever get to a resume.
As long as you explained some of you weaknesses and have taken classes after school they will look at that in a positive light. Also if you are only 24 and only a couple years out of school, so you can always take a few more classes and push your application back some. Its not like you are around 30 and at a plateau in your career where if you dont apply now you aren't going to show any growth in the next few years. Had I known at 24 I was going to want an MBA I would have done a lot of things different to stregthen my chances...so you are way ahead of the curve on that.