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BACKGROUND: Asian-American female
EDU: M.S.Ed. from a small education school, 3.9 GPA; B.A. in Economics from mid-tier Ivy, 3.7 GPA
WORK: Currently teaching and have taught in public school in low-income areas for the past 3 years. Completed Teach For America.
EXTRA: Mentoring HS students, interviewing for alma mater
WHY MBA: Want to pursue non-profit management. Short-term: Non-profit consulting. Long-term: Leadership role in urban school district.
LOOKING AT: Stern, Yale, Chicago, Georgetown
1) What is the likelihood of acceptance to one of these four schools?
2) How compelling is "WHY MBA" given previous work experience?
Assuming that you can show unusual impact and leadership stories professionally, then I would not be shocked if most or all of these schools admitted you (with Stern and Chicago being toughest). I say that because you have an admirable and unusual career, strong educational credentials, a good GMAT, and a gender that is underrepresented at B-schools. Your extracurriculars frankly seem a little light to me in that they don't help to address the adcoms' question marks: are you really a manager, a business-minded person, an 'entrepreneur' (your econ major helps you here). Your extracurriculars only reinforce what the adcoms *won't* be questioning: that you are a good soul who wants to help people. My point about adcoms "question marks" will be further raised if you state the goal you mentioned here: leadership role in urban school district. Please correct me I'm wrong but an MBA is a pretty uncommon credential on public school boards, isn't it? If you can come up with a more private-sector, entrepreneurial goal in education where an MBA might make more sense I think the schools would be more willing to buy in to your profile.
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