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Profile Eval: 26F, Engineering + Tech, GMAT 730

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Joined: 26 Aug 2011
Posts: 2
Location: Kenya
Concentration: Technology, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 730 Q V
GPA: 3.23
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
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Profile Eval: 26F, Engineering + Tech, GMAT 730 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 03:37
26 yr old female from Kenya
Anticipated matriculation : September 2013

GMAT : 730
Undergrad: BS Electrical Engineering Computer Science, Yale University. GPA 3.2

Work Experience : 3 years (all in home country of Kenya)
* (Current) Information Systems manager for international non-profit research org. 2 direct reports. 1 professional rec from here.
* Software Engineer in medium sized social enterprise. Co-lead of innovative project with good results. 1 professional rec from here.
* Tech Lead in start-up social enterprise

Community Service
* Co-led a local women-in-tech organization for 1 yr. Providing training/mentorship to young women in tech
* Various mentoring and teaching opportunities

Post MBA Goal :
* Long-term : Want to lead a succssful technology firm based in Africa
* Short-term : Join a high-tech firm and gain operational and business experience to aid long term goal.

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Questions for Stacy

* Feedback on target schools? Is this the right basket?
Reach (Stanford, Haas, Sloan)
Match (Kellogg)
Safety - but not really (Yale, Tuck)
* Follow up to above - are there some lesser known schools that I may be missing? Looking for schools with the opportunity to go into high tech and with some emphasis on Technology or Innovation or Entrepreneurship etc.
* How to explain low undergrad gpa? I did worse towards the end which is harder to explain. Basically due to family problems but would it be inappropriate to go into that?
* What are my chances at scholarships with low undergrad gpa? Any other international student financial aid advice? All/Most schools I'm applying to have to have private loan options with no-US cosigner
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Re: Profile Eval: 26F, Engineering + Tech, GMAT 730 [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2012, 23:04
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Hi taptele,

Thanks for posting. You have a very strong candidacy. Regarding the list of schools, the three you have selected (Stanford, Haas, and Sloan) have great reputations in entrepreneurship and technology. Regarding other programs, Babson also is a program with a great reputation in entrepreneurship.

Regarding addressing your low GPA, I recommend you read this case study of how another candidate addressed his GPA and was accepted into a top program: http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

For scholarships, if you are accepted into an MBA program it is something we recommend you speak to the financial aid office about. There is certainly no harm in asking (this is if you are not given a scholarship in your acceptance).

Best Regards,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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