I have been using GMAT Club for a several months for GMAT Prep and admission process advice. I found a tremendous amount of advice you guys have offered to clubbers and was impressed by your helpfulness. I know you all must be very busy, but if possible, please help me evaluate my profile when you have time.
I am looking to apply to Columbia Fall 2009 FT-MBA Early Decision. I know the process already started and I would like to submit my application by end of August. Here is my profile:Profile
Age - 24
Ethnicity - Asian
Languages - Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Japanese
1st - 640 (Q40, V38)
2nd - 640 (Q47, V31)
3rd - 680 (Q47, V35)SAT
Graduated - May 2006
Major - Computer Engineering
Cumulative GPA - 3.437
Major GPA - 3.6
GPA by semesters - varied from 3.1 ~ 3.7Work
Field - electronic trading developer in a financial firm's equities program trading department
Experience - 2 years
I have demonstrated strong leadership, initiative, creativity, and personality in these two years. As an analyst I have not only contributed major efforts in building each of the program trading technology's applications - trading, booking, risk, reporting - but also earned major trust & recognition in my knowledge and ability to learn fast from both my team and business partners. I have been nominated for promotion within less than two years since I joined the workforce. I asked my two managers, a Principal and a VP, whom I work very closely with, to write my recommendations. Their writing will best represent my abilities and impact to the team.Extracurricular
- webmaster of an Asian society
- participated in event planning in major cultural shows
- media & distribution lead for all events in an Asian network
- lead event planner for lunar new year celebration
- lead event planner for relay for life cancer fund raiser
- catering coordinator for other Asian network eventsWhy Columbia MBA
I want to change my career to a more business/finance oriented role and eventually start my own business in Asia. Columbia is my first choice because - it has a well-rounded education, has programs that instill values/creativity/personality in students, strongly promotes entrepreneurship mindset, has an international awareness culture & diverse alumni pool - particularly in Asia. I don't have very good grades nor very good scores on paper, but I am very strong in practice. For a school like Columbia that offers practical/real-life scenarios in courses, I believe I can find myself a suitable yet challenging arena. I am currently doing more research on the school, and hopefully I can chat directly with a student.Some Questions I Have
Given that my 3rd time is 680 and below Columbia's average, do you think I should take it again? I have been struggling with this question for weeks, but I have decided that I should move on with this score since I want to perfect other aspects of my application. As said in my most recent posting (FYI - 8-t66725
), I am a poor standard test taker, but it doesn't reflect my ability to handle rigorous school work.
- If I do not re-take the GMAT, should I address my score in the optional essay section of the application?
- Is it still worthwhile to apply for Columbia ED in late September? (Columbia's ED deadline is early October)
If possible, please let me know what you guys think.
Thanks much in advance!