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Profile assessment, please! [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 10:35
Hi!

If you could evaluate my profile for the top 10-15 US schools, I would really appreciate it.

The basics: 27 y/o Female URM (mixed-race African-American and Native American (father), and Caucasian (mother)) 3.0 GPA from a top-5 liberal arts school; 710 GMAT (45q, 43v).

My GPA was low because I worked 20-25 hours a week (I learned after my first semester that my dad had cancer, and my parents could not afford medical bills and help with tuition; I had to take a semester off to deal with this and graduated in 3.5 years), took a full load, was the business manager/ founder of my a cappella group, and was the managing editor of the newspaper my senior year. Also served as the lead representative on the hiring committee for the Political Science faculty. I took some Econ classes in college, but my Micro grade was a B-. I'm planning on taking either MBA Math or an accounting class at a local school to prove my quant chops.

As for career experience, I work for the government in intelligence. Without going into too many details, I'm currently the team lead for a team of analysts, graphic designers, and editors that serves up intelligence for the top policymakers. I was co-chair of the agency's employee council, where I spearheaded reorganizing and refocusing the council from being known as a "boondoggle trip group" to being the voice of the workforce to the highest levels of the agency. I also served as the executive officer for the fourth-highest ranked person in the agency, setting up a new office and program underneath his auspices. I served on my office's diversity committee. At the time of my last promotion, I was the youngest person in the agency at my level.

In my free time, I teach ESL, raise money for my undergrad college, run marathons, and volunteer at Meals on Wheels. I'm fluent in Spanish and studied abroad in the Dominican Republic.

I plan on applying to six schools through the Consortium, and a few others.

I really appreciate your review!
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Re: Profile assessment, please! [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 10:50
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Hi!

Fascinating background. Honestly, your profile is very strong -- the only weakness is your GPA, but I think if you address that and explain what you explained below in an optional statement you'll be fine. If you take a supplementary course as well, you should be covered.

I think you've got a great shot at top 10-15 programs! In more detail:

Academics: strong GMAT. Weak GPA, but as discussed above, can be overcome.

Professional: really sounds like you've got strong leadership capacity and stories to support that claim. The fact that you take charge within your function, are a team lead, and have set up a new program is great. It's icing on the cake that you also demonstrate firm stewardship by serving as diversity officer, etc.

Extracurricular: marathons, teaching, involvement with your undergrad --- all good stuff. You're clearly an active and engaged leader in your community.

Best of luck,
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