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Please evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 20:55
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Hello everyone,

I will really appreciate you responses:

GPA: 3.75, average state school
GMAT: 710
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Age: 28
Nationality: Russian, but earned undergrad in US, currently reside in US and am a dual citizen
Work experience: CPA, 5 year at PwC, audit, management experience
EC: this is the weakest point: various involvement in college, but no leadership positions, volunteer positions with cross cultural exchange programs. Currently: Board member for Accounting and Finance professionals organizations, volunteer with World Affair organization, involvement and organization of childrens' activities
Other: various international exposure through travel, direct work experience (in Russia and Belgium), and work on multinational projects from US

Target schools (all R2)
-Wharton
-Booth
-Kellogg
-Michigan
-Carnegie Mellon
-Ohio State (just to be safe)

Another significant factor - I am a single mother of toddler, which limits my time for ECs. I am hesitant to address this in my essays, as I feel that this is too personal and does not impact my professional ability. On the other hand, this explains not significant involvement in ECs - any feedback on this would be appreciated - is this something worth mentioning in the essays?

Overall, my dream schools are Wharton and Booth. Would appreciate any feedback on my profile.
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Re: Please evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 18:07
Yes, you should mention the fact that you are a single mother raising a child. You don't need to explain why you don't have a lot of extracurriculars - just mentioning that fact (somewhere in your essays) should be enough to tell the adcoms.

The hard truth though is that you're right as well - being a mother has little to do with your professional ability, and as a result having less time to develop leadership experiences in a professional/extracurricular context will hinder your chances, particularly at the higher ranked schools.

My hunch is that you'll likely get into Michigan, CMU and Ohio State. Kellogg, Booth and Wharton are stretches -- based on your professional experience alone you'll be a stretch, but not a long shot - you have enough of a chance that you should at least give these schools a shot.
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