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Profile Evaluation from recent applicant [#permalink]
08 Jan 2011, 02:31
If you see this post Alex thanks in advance for your many insights!
I just finished my applications and am wondering about my the strength of my profile. I graduated with a 3.095 in English from UCLA in 2004, and have created a supplemental transcript from UCLA Extension with two accounting courses and an economics course in which I registered a 4.0 last year. I worked throughout school by running a nightclub on Sunset Blvd, and used this as an excuse in my optional essays for the less-than-stellar undergrad GPA.
I took no quant courses in college because I passed the AP Calc test in high school and I was more interested in chasing girls than doing more math. That said, my GMAT score is 750 with 49 Quant (86%) and 45 Verbal (98%) and 6.0 AWA. I helped to start a test prep company five years ago, bringing a region from $0-460K singlehandedly in my first year. I left this company in January 2009, even though I was offered a Director's position and a 6 figure total comp package. I took a risk and tried to create an engaging LSAT curriculum with my experience in for-profit education, but have failed to get it off the ground due to a variety of mishaps stemming from biting off way more than I could chew. I'm currently employed as a Strategic Consultant with my old company as a client, and am known as their best SAT and ACT tutor.
I feel good about my essays, and my letters of rec were written by a former client of mine who was a principal at one of the largest and poorest public high schools in California, the second is the Founder of my company, and the third is coming from a great friend and brilliant tutor himself (as my peer) who is now getting his Ph.d in English. Kinda unusual story I know, but I'm kind of an unusual dude. I like to take risks ad think big, and don't really care about making money right now. For what it's worth I'm the dictionary definition of a 28 year old white dude, but I didn't grow up with a silver spoon.
I applied to (in order of importance to me):
Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, Berkeley, and USC. All for round 2. What do ya think my chances are?
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Best of luck to all of my fellow applicants out there!
...And go bruins!