Hello SOS1122, thanks for your question.
I think you’re being hard on yourself!
First, your quant score is slightly low, but only by 5 points. I typically recommend 80%. Your 75% certainly does not warrant an optional essay justifying it.
Second, the fact that you actually started the environment practice at your firm is great experience. Even if you did not have this interest prior to the law firm, you have a demonstrated track record of interest, sweat expended, and lessons learned to draw from now. I think this experience will work to your benefit!
In terms of extracurricular activities, they need not be limited to official community service. You might also speak to your passions and interests as vehicles through which you have done good for the world. For instance, giving regular informal tutoring/mentorship for a neighbor’s child is as compelling as volunteering at a soup kitchen once a month through an official program.
I encourage you to differentiate yourself in two ways:
Your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience and potential. In your essays, draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative.
In terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and our short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.
I think you have a shot at all the programs you list. Sure, Harvard and Wharton are bigger reaches than the rest, but not enough to not apply!
Best of luck,
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