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Profile Evaluation - Guatemala, male - GMAT 770

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Profile Evaluation - Guatemala, male - GMAT 770 [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2014, 08:36
I'm reposting a shorter version because I think the last one was too long. Sorry!

Javier Rodriguez
Guatemala, male, 27yo

GMAT - TOTAL 770 (99%), Verbal 47 (99%), Quant 49 (79%)

EDUCATION
Duke University '09
GPA: 3.0 (yikes!)
Major: B.A. Economics
Certificate: Markets and Business Management Studies

WORK EXPERIENCE
Sep-Dec 2007: Shoeboxed[dot]com
-Team Member, Marketing & Strategy
Summer 2008: Bacardi USA
-Intern, Bacardi Flavored Rums Marketing Team
Aug 09-Feb 10: HealthCare[dot]com, Inc
-'Business Development Junior Manager'

Aug 10-Oct 11: Vietnam USA Society English Centers
-Taught English to elementary, middle school, high school, university and adult student groups.
Oct 12-May 14: Cube Academy
-Developed curricula, workbooks, and guidebooks for SAT, TOEFL, and Academic English courses
-Taught SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and Academic English to middle/high school students

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TARGET PROGRAMS (Applying R1 for Fall 2015)
-Stanford
-Haas
-Kellogg
-Tuck
-Fuqua

POST-MBA GOAL (still need to more clearly define this)
Marketing/Brand Management or Sustainability position in Athletic & Outdoor industry, OR
something more focused on Social impact/Social Entrepreneurship/Sustainability.

QUESTIONS
--Is my 3.0 GPA a big issue? If I don't have a valid excuse for these grades, should I even address it?
--Is my lack of business/management work experience an issue?
--Am I shooting too high? Should I add a school where it's more likely that I will be accepted? (I have been looking at UNC's Kenan-Fagler and Notre Dame's Mendoza)

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Thank you very much for your help!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Guatemala, male - GMAT 770 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 17:06
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Hi Javier,

Thanks for posting, and GREAT JOB on the 770 GMAT!! Top 1% of test takers, that is no small feat. ;)

The strengths of your profile based on this info are:

-GMAT
-international (?-- was that IN Vietnam if I'm understanding correctly?) experience
-teaching experience can be translated to showing strong communication and leadership skills
-less common/non-traditional background (can be a plus or a minus; if really emphasize how you'll have a unique viewpoint in the classroom, can be a plus)
-less common nationality

Potential weaknesses or challenges

-3.0 GPA (so... probably good thing that you rocked that 770!)
-less common background-- just spend some time brainstorming about ANY ways you've shown leadership, either in or out of the workplace, to address any concerns there
-goals need to be solidified (as you mentioned)

As for schools, you probably know that Stanford is practically THE toughest school to get into, partly due to the smaller class size than even say HBS, so will definitely not be easy. But they do also have a lot of ties to education there, so there may be a good fit, if that is part of what draws you to them. From your list Fuqua and Tuck would be most reasonable/better chances to get in. It's up to you how far you want to go with adding safety schools; certainly yes I think you would get in at UNC and Mendoza (as long as essays and rest of apps are solid). Think some about each school, and imagine if you got in NO WHERE ELSE... what would you do? Would you still go? Would you rather wait and re-apply? Etc, and only apply to schools you would definitely consider going to. ;)

Overall you do have a lot going for you and some of it will come down to how you showcase who you are in the essays, and how you lay out that story of WHY you want this MBA and what you'll do with it.

Happy to help further in any way shape or form, just let us know. Good luck to you!
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