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Please Evaluate - Many Unanswered Questions!! [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2007, 17:54
White Male 23

CAREER

Road Manager for a major entertainer
Assistant promoted to Junior Agent at major talent agency
Publicist in Comedy

EDUCATION

University of Maryland 2001- 2005
Baccalaureate cum laude, Concentration in American Studies
Concentration GPA: 4.0; Cumulative GPA: 3.8
Maryland University Honors Program
Dean’s List 7 out of 8 Semesters

AWARDS

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Order of Omega (top 3% of Greek community)
Kalegethos Society (top 10 Greek men on campus)
Presidential Scholarship

LEADERSHIP

Inter-Fraternity Council
Vice President of Internal Affairs

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.
President

Student Entertainment Events
Lectures Director

GMAT

690
Verbal 88% 39
Quant 80% 46
Analytical 87% 5.5

I plan to apply to grad school for Fall 2008 which affords me the opportunity of retaking the exam if necessary. I didn't expect to do as well on my first try and now I face the dilemma of whether to take the exam again. I am shooting for top 10 and I am not certain how much I can raise my score or the proper way to do it.

In addition, if you think I should retake please let me know what the best options are. I spoke to Manhattan GMAT and they said the regular course may be a retread for me. I originally took Kaplan. I have also considered Veritas Test Prep.

I have obviously bounced around in my career but I have been told that having an entertainment background may be an asset. I am very interested in studying entrepreneurship. Columbia and NYU are at the top of my list but there are several other schools I would like to consider that are in the top 10.

Furthermore, I am considering doing City Year or a similar program and I wonder how that might impact my potential for acceptance. I am open to any suggestions, questions, or criticisms. I studied hard for the exam and for the most part that is the extent of my research.

I am most appreciative to hear anything from a knowledgeable voice.

Thanks again.[/quote]
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Re: Please Evaluate - Many Unanswered Questions!! [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2007, 10:17
Dedicated wrote:
White Male 23

CAREER

Road Manager for a major entertainer
Assistant promoted to Junior Agent at major talent agency
Publicist in Comedy

EDUCATION

University of Maryland 2001- 2005
Baccalaureate cum laude, Concentration in American Studies
Concentration GPA: 4.0; Cumulative GPA: 3.8
Maryland University Honors Program
Dean’s List 7 out of 8 Semesters

AWARDS

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Order of Omega (top 3% of Greek community)
Kalegethos Society (top 10 Greek men on campus)
Presidential Scholarship

LEADERSHIP

Inter-Fraternity Council
Vice President of Internal Affairs

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.
President

Student Entertainment Events
Lectures Director

GMAT

690
Verbal 88% 39
Quant 80% 46
Analytical 87% 5.5

I plan to apply to grad school for Fall 2008 which affords me the opportunity of retaking the exam if necessary. I didn't expect to do as well on my first try and now I face the dilemma of whether to take the exam again. I am shooting for top 10 and I am not certain how much I can raise my score or the proper way to do it.

In addition, if you think I should retake please let me know what the best options are. I spoke to Manhattan GMAT and they said the regular course may be a retread for me. I originally took Kaplan. I have also considered Veritas Test Prep.

I have obviously bounced around in my career but I have been told that having an entertainment background may be an asset. I am very interested in studying entrepreneurship. Columbia and NYU are at the top of my list but there are several other schools I would like to consider that are in the top 10.

Furthermore, I am considering doing City Year or a similar program and I wonder how that might impact my potential for acceptance. I am open to any suggestions, questions, or criticisms. I studied hard for the exam and for the most part that is the extent of my research.

I am most appreciative to hear anything from a knowledgeable voice.

Thanks again.
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Dedicated,

You have a very distinctive profile and decent to good numbers, and you are young enough to be able to strengthen your profile and reapply if you get dinged in your first attempt. Your career background is most definitely an asset -- should make for some great differentiating stories (stress your leadership). I do think you should consider retaking the GMAT if you think you can get it over a 700. This is important at top 10 schools, especially given that your background raises questions about your quant skills. I can't recommend any particular prep program; the ones you mentioned are good. If you do, then you have a decent shot at Columbia and NYU. You will need community involvement since college, and City Year would be a good way to go (look for *leadership* roles, not just volunteer roles). Other top-ranked entrepreneurship programs you would be competitive at include USC, MIT, Babson, Michigan, Texas, Indiana.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2007, 12:48
Paul,

I can't thank you enough for your insight. You mentioned trying to raise my GMAT to over a 700 and having some community leadership involvement.

Are there any other ways I can bolster my resume to give myself a better shot? You mentioned that my numbers are "decent to good." Is there a way to give a better outlook on that?

In addition, what would you say is the best way to portray myself as an applicant considering that my background is atypical of many people interested in an mba.

Thanks again,

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2007, 14:11
Dedicated wrote:
Paul,

I can't thank you enough for your insight. You mentioned trying to raise my GMAT to over a 700 and having some community leadership involvement.

Are there any other ways I can bolster my resume to give myself a better shot? You mentioned that my numbers are "decent to good." Is there a way to give a better outlook on that?

In addition, what would you say is the best way to portray myself as an applicant considering that my background is atypical of many people interested in an mba.

Thanks again,

Dedicated


Dedicated,

In terms of ways to bolster you resume, the one I mentioned--community leadership--is a good one, but of course any promotions or greater leadership roles at work would help too. I apologize for characterizing your numbers as "decent"; they are definitely good, but a somewhat higher GMAT would be beneficial.

In terms of effective ways to portray your atypical background that's a big question and one I normally handle on a consultant-client basis. I would be glad to explore it further with you under those terms. However, you might type the word "nontraditional" into Accepted.com's search engine. I did it a minute ago, and we have resources on that issue from a number of perspectives (chats, interview feedback, newsletter), etc.

Good luck,
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