I recently took the GMAT and got a score of 740 (Q 47, V 44) but have not received my AWA or IR scores yet.
I am an Asian-American woman who went to Barnard College in NYC, majored in Economics, and graduated in 2007 with a 3.45 GPA. I have been doing the same job since graduation, which is client services for a boutique asset management firm: writing and sending investor reports, planning investor events and handling investor requests. I also have to do menial tasks like answering phones at reception or for the CEO, etc. I took and passed the CFA Level 1 in my first try last year but would like to change my career to accounting and get a job in tax at one of the Big Four and get a CPA. I have had no significant extracurricular activities or community service. However, I have been helping a friend study for the GMAT since June of last year. I plan on being a volunteer tax preparer next year (January-March), but I am not sure if that is already too late (I am applying for the January 15 round). I am trying to become a volunteer tutor for low-income students in NYC but am having a hard time since tutoring usually begins in September/October. If I do get into tutoring, it would not start until the middle of November the earliest. I also began taking a beginner's Mandarin class a few weeks ago.
I am targeting Baruch Zicklin, Fordham and Pace Lubin. I would like to get a merit-based scholarship or assistantship to pay for most of the tuition. I am worried about my lack of community service activities and the fact that I am transitioning careers from a job that sounds more or less like a glorified office assistant. What are the chances that I can get accepted plus get merit-based scholarships from these programs?