Hi. This is my first message on this board, so forgive me if this is not a customary question.
I am applying to Kellogg, Chicago, Stanford, and Michigan (all full-time). I want to what everyone's thoughts on me getting into these fine institutions and any suggestions to help. I graduated from a top 25 undergraduate institution in 2000 and majored in a labor intensive science (biochemisty). I also was heavily involved with many on campus organizations, including being part of general board of the largest student run organization. I was also involoved with theatre; performing and directing in the student comedy improv troupe and perfoming in many films. I also headed a comedy production company that had about $50,000 budget. I was invloved in many other things, but needless to say my grades suffered because my plate was too full. (I got about 2.9-3.0 in the end). Since I graduated, I have been working with a Fortune 500 health care firm in Chicago (Abbott Labs) and have done very well. Moving up the ladder and gaining good recognition and getting good experience. However, I want to change careers and take over/work for my father's private equity business. In my working years (2000-present) I have done lots of stuff, which included running a marathon, performing Improv Comedy with Second City, and volunteering with various organizations. I also took three business classes at DePaul and got the highest grade in all three classes. I took these for 2 reasons: 1. to see if I like the subject matter because I did not take any of these classes in my undergradute years. 2. and to show that I can perform and to try and enhance my undergraduate GPA.
When I apply this fall, I am most fearful that my undergraduate GPA will totally negate my chances of getting in and that it is not indicative of my true performance (I wasn't even a big partier in college). I am taking the GMAT at the end of this month and have taken a prep class and am shooting for a 700. That score should be attainable. I am curious of people thoughts and what you guys think my chances are getting into the said MBA programs. Any thoughts or advice to help my chances would be appreciated. Thanks.