I would like to hear about my chances for the following schools: Emory (minimum and I hope at least I could get admitted here with a potential scholarship) and would it be worthy to apply to CBS, Wharton and Sloan. I plan on applying this fall in the first round.
I am 24 years old, white, eastern orthodox and from Serbia.
I graduated in US at a private liberal arts college (nothing fancy) with a 3.6 GPA (3.7 in finance) and a minor in accounting.
Extra curricular activities:
athletics - a lot of success in college and on international competition (nationals, Junior Worlds medal, European Championship for students medal). Received an almost full athletic scholarship. I was also a team captain in my Senior year.
student government - for two years represented the business school and for two years served as a chair of the budget and finance committee and I received an award for the best committee chair of the year in the student government.
other ECs - completed two years in leadership training program, got a national excellence in leadership award (maybe not as fancy as it sounds), did some volunteering as big brother, volunteered a little for the second harvest food bank.
awards - cum laude, dean's list (two), scholar-athlete awards (three)
honor societies - college's service honor society, student athlete honor society, honor society for leadership and success
work experience - perhaps my greatest weakness: I work as an accountant for 12 months at a company in Serbia that exports-imports (trades abraod). The unemployment is skyrocketing in Serbia, I could not get something that I hoped but at least I got this.
GMAT - studying for a while and is going very well. my goal is around 730 but I would not be surprised if I scored higher. Minimum would be 710.
goal: get an mba in finance, obtain experience in the US and after several years return back to use and share the knowledge.
Couple questions - Because of my work experience, would it be smart to ask a professor to write one of the two recommendation for me because she knows me well and has already written a nice one for me on LinkedIn?
How much is my type of experience going to hurt me, especially at Emory?
I greatly appreciate your time and effort, sir!