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Honestly, what are my chances?

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Honestly, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2005, 18:41
After starting off very poorly my first two quarters at Univ. of GA (.25 GPA) because of death of father and immaturity (17 first year at college and loss of father mid way through first quarter), I took a year off and transferred to Georgia State and got my BBA majoring in Information Systems (Top 10 Undergrad IS program) while working full time to help mom with bills.

GSU GPA: 3.66 Faculty Scholar / Dean's List / Cum Laude

Overall GPA with tranfer credit: 3.14 Ouch!


Work experience: Current job listed last

96-00 4 years Office Manager small accounting firm

00-02 2 years Operations Manager for Corporate Relations with JW Homes (550 mill/yr company)

02-05 3 years B to B outside sales / consulting experience with Keyence Corporation, number 5 ranked company in Japans Top 100. Excellent quantifiable sales results, numerous honors and recognition, and fast advancement selling very technical engineering / process improvement equipment to manufacturing organizations.

(Currently on leave of absence due to death of mother in July and helping with displaced family from Hurricane Katrina. Grandma, aunt, uncle and cousin now living with me in Charlotte.)


Two glowing recommendations from current and previous employers.

GMAT: 710 V:42 96% Q:44 73% (surprising Q score..very low)

I know the Q score is very low, but I've always excelled in math. I have an IS degree and work in engineering now, both very technical in nature. I think Data Sufficiency killed me!

Other: Habitat for Humanity volunteer (3 yrs), little league coach (2 years), volunteer every tuesday at magnet school for special needs children (3 yrs).

6 weeks abroad in Japan for Management Trainee program with current employer.

What are my chances at getting in to:

1. Duke

2. UNC

3. UVA

Any other schools to suggest? I live in Charlotte so Duke is first choice for location / Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Also, since I feel I have a complicated message to communicate, should I consider admissions counseling in order to position / market myself effectively?

Thank you for your time and honest opinion,

Ivy

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Actually, I think I'm more bullish on yoru chances than you are. I think you have a pretty good chance at all three of those schools. I've heard adcomms say that they like to see strong finishes in undergrad GPA (rather than starting off strong and teh ncosting in yoru senior year), and it sounds like you're in that camp. Trust me... They do NOT just look at the raw number and make a decision, ever.

One thing you didn't really mention was what you want to do after school, why you want an MBA, etc. But, even without that, I could see you getting into those schools. You clearly have the maturity to do so. It also sounds like you've moved up quickly in yoru career, too.

Yeah, I know what you mean about your GMAT score... Ideally a bit higher in quant, but this score will not keep you out of any school. No need to take again.

In terms of hiring an expert, it might help, but I actually don't think that your story is all that complicated or hard for an adcomm to "get." I think you can get in!

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