First of all, thanks for reading this post and eventually, thanks, for a brief answer.
Demographics: 27, male, eastern european - EU citizen
), if there's such a thing - wanting to pursue an MBA/MPP at Columbia/Sipa or Duke/Sanford.
Education: BA in Political Science - entirely taught in French and English - GPA 3.5, MsC in Finance - GPA - 2.5. Education completed in my home country.
Extra-curriculars: lots of student trainings, debate tournaments with good and very good results, leadership positions within a student association, international conferences in political science, non paid internships, business summer schools, etc.
Work: 7 years - 2 years in political consultancy - entry level position; 8 months in business outsourcing and 4 years in business consulting (investment and business strategy) with a management role for over 1 year now.
I have a very good recommandation from my boss and another, which is also very good from one of my best clients (export manager - in a leading european industrial enterprise). Plus, very good recommandations from professors from both schools (dean, department chair, thesis coordinators, etc)
I have almost 6 months of international working experience.
Foreign languages: French - excellent.
GMAT - 630 (Q 36 scaled - 42 percentile; V 40 - 89 percentile)
My strategy is to differentiate myself through my combined background, humanities + finance, in the hope that my low quant skills will be shadowed
- yes, there is such thing as wishful thinking
)). The more realist strategy is that I will retake my GMAT in december, two weeks before the deadlines for R2 in the hope of passing the 700 barrier which, with a lot more focus and attention, I would have passed it from the first time, still wishfully saying
As a plus, I think I managed to outline a strong argumentation for pursuing such a degree which is consonant with my background and nonetheless with my future plans.
So, who throws the stone first?