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Please take a look [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 13:53
Age:23
Ethnicity: US/Swedish
Gender : Male
GPA: 3.9 US News Top 50 public school in Humanities, PBK and Summa Cum Laude
GMAT : 720 Q48 V40

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2 Years in the US military as a small unit commander (20-30 people). I will probably be shifted to a staff job within a year, as is customary in my line of work. Unfortunately, I can't be more specific than that. I've graduated at the top of every military school I've been to.

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I spent most of my time in college working jobs, but I set up some small (~10 people), informal clubs on the side for mountain biking and photography. I have some community service, but no leadership. Since joining the military, I've only really been able to enjoy my hobbies (playing violin, cycling and photography). I'm constantly deployed for short periods, so all of my efforts to try to bolster my extracurriculars have failed.

Recs: I get strong quarterly reviews so I expect to get strong recommendations.

Why MBA: I'd like to get a job in trading for a bank and I know I lack the necessary skills.

Weaknesses: Few quantitative courses during college, GMAT

I have 1 year left before I apply to schools (for a total of 2 more years in the military) and I would like to know what I can do to strengthen my profile. I would also like to know what you suggest I do to find mentors. There are few alumni from my school who currently attend the top schools that I'm aiming for; I am planning on trying the veterans clubs. Do you have any suggestions? Another issue that I know will come up is that I won't be able to visit schools. Will this hurt me?
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Re: Please take a look [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 15:29
If at all possible make sure there is something unique to your profile beyond the military thing...also the military guys here are generally older. Often late 20s or early 30s...there is also a pretty good portion of the former military guys who then worked in the real world for a few years. Many of the former military guys here have impressive jobs while in the military. Top gun, blackhawk pilots, special forces, navy nuclear program...honestly I dont know of any guys who were basically grunts who got in without working for a while after the military.
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Re: Please take a look [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2008, 05:47
walkingdead7 wrote:
Weaknesses: Few quantitative courses during college, GMAT


Why do you assume your GMAT is weak?

Your GMAT + GPA is good enough for any school.

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Re: Please take a look [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 19:43
That is not a weak GMAT. It is above the mean for every B-school. Your GMAT + your GPA + your military background should = auto admit for nearly every school you apply to. Just make sure you have solid essays.
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