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Thank you for taking the time to evaluate my profile. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
Nationality: White, American
GMAT: 590 Q34 V38, 6.0 AWA, 4 IR, may take again but it would put me in round 3 for most schools (also unsure if I can raise score)
GPA: 3.17 Psychology from state school (upward trend, last 2 years approximately 3.7) ~3.1 various accounting and economics classes taken after graduating 3.5 graduate certificate human resources management, state school
Extras: Basic - misc volunteer work in and after college - worked habitat for humanity projects, food bank, fundraising, student research interest group, volunteering with troubled kids and families who needed help with disabilities (I worked full-time all through college so I had minimal time to do extras)
Work experience: 1 year working with disabled and troubled children, 5 years in state government taxation and accounting, recently hired as a human resources administrator and will have just under 1 year at time of matriculation
Area of interest: Consulting/Human Resources (specifically in green/sustainable business and technology)
Target schools: 1) Kenan-Flagler (sustainable business) 2) Kelley (design your own program) 3) Fuqua (stretch school, probably won't apply based on GMAT score) 4) Goizueta (organizational management) 5) Broad (human resources management)
I am also considering Kenan and Kelley's on-line MBA programs.
Background: I was abandoned when I was 16 and had to put off going to college in order to support myself. I then had to work full-time through college in order to provide for myself. I would like to include this in my essays because I think it demonstrates my determination but not sure if it's appropriate.
Thanks for posting. Have you considered taking the GMAT test again?
The reason I mention this is because first, your score is lower than the averages of the schools you are considering, and second because on your application your highest score is self-reported. This is the reason admissions teams will focus on your best score. There isn't any harm in taking the test again.
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. After posting my profile evaluation request, I did sign up to take the GMAT again. I have taken it twice so far which is what leads me believe that the 590 is a true reflection but you are correct, there is no harm in trying. Is there anything about my profile that I should also address or is the GMAT the main thing I should be concerned with at this point?
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...