I have been reading the posts and your replies. Thanks for the time given to us to answer our questions. A short intro before I ask my question. I am a Mechanical Engineer, India, with a second class (percentage wise is 59%)....perhaps, that comes to about 2.7GPA. I admit, I was not good student in the UG, kind of jolly-go guy, all expenses paid by parents, you know what I mean?. Just before completing my engineering, I realised my jolly-go-kid attitude would not take me anywhere, started to workhard on my career path. Since then I have worked well and quite international if you would consider working in Arabia, Singapore, Germany, India and now in China is international. I am a good team-player. My extra-currlr were to be a Leader in the Lions Club (Junior wing), Drama, and public services. My target for GMAT 700+ and I can reach that score. Total exprnc 8 years, diverse. My target schools are mostly European ....LBS, INSEAD, Rotterdam .... and few good USA schools. My question to you is, putting yourself on the admsn comittee, how would you access my application. I am yet to make a good essay, perhaps, after the gmat.
1. What are my chances in to such top schools (Europe and U.S)If you do well on the GMAT (700+) and I were an adcom member, I would be concerned whether you are a classic under-achiever who has outgrown the under-achieving stage. Your work experience and a high GMAT would tell me that you have the brains to perform. And let's say you would write an optional essay explaining that you were young and stupid when you attended college but really do know how to apply yourself today since you have matured. I would appreciate the explanation and yet still wonder if you have the academic persistence to excel. Would I swallow my concerns and admit you anyway? Well that depends on how you compare to your competition. If I have a lot of Indians with similar experience and GMAT and higher GPAs to choose from, then I would probably admit them before you. If you have truly unique and impressive experiences (and it sounds like you might) then I might overlook the GPA given the high GMAT and later record of achievement. However, given the crowded Indian engineering applicant pool, to be on the safe side, taking classes now would be a good idea. If you can't take in-class courses, then consider online courses (stats, accounting, finance, econ). They are not as credible as the more traditional variety, but they are better than nothing. Of course, you want to earn A's.
2. Do I need to give explainations about my low GPA in the essays (I feel that I have to), but would like to have your opinion as well.Yes. You should use your optional essays to briefly explain what went wrong in college. Succinctly take responsibillty for your actions eight years ago and provide evidence to show that you have matured and know how to apply yourself.
If you would say, you may not really look in to the academic profile, then what would mask the acmdc credentials (nothing can be done to clean them, I have to face it). Your genuine reply on this is looked forward.
If you take some classes, they would help you demonstrate that today you know how to perform in an academic setting. Other than that, you need to point to your excellence on the job and your level of responsibillty and progression there to show that you can perform.
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