I'd love to gain any insights you might have:
White male 28 years old.
GMAT: 680 (43Q, 38V), 6.0 AWA
Undergrad Degree in Int'l Relations/Econ from a liberal arts school. GPA 3.93/4.0; graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian.
Grad degree in Int'l Relations from a top 10 school. GPA 3.8/4; graduated with highest honors
EC: Co-founded a 200-student mentoring program in college
Founded a chapter of an anti-poverty non-profit after college
Co-chair of local young professionals organization after college
Member of my undergrad institution's steering committee for university strategic growth and planning
Participated in three two-week volunteer aid missions in Ethiopia after college
Volunteer basketball coach
Work Exp: 2 yrs in marketing at a large retailer (managed $300 million of company inventory and created/managed product assortments)
1.5 yr in corporate strategy at same retailer (worked on growth projects domestically and abroad)
After leaving retailer, chose to teach low-income high school students for past 2 years
LOR: Think I can secure strong letters
Post-MBA: I would love to take my consultative background I built in strategy and education-sector role to launch my own education consultancy after b-school
Target: Duke - love the culture and school itself
Essays: Have written the essays and asked alums for revision/ insights.
My perspective: I know my work experience is a bit diverse, which can cut both ways when it comes to my broader application. I would love to get your perspective on my push for Duke. Not totally certain if Duke is a reach given my background.
Thank you for all the help!
You've proven yourself successful in diverse areas, and I definitely think you will intrigue Duke
. I don't think it is a reach if you are able to clearly explain your career path past and future.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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