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Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT, 30/F

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Joined: 27 Jul 2012
Posts: 19
Concentration: Organizational Behavior, Human Resources
GMAT Date: 10-13-2012
GPA: 3.17
WE: Accounting (Non-Profit and Government)
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Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT, 30/F [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2012, 09:50
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate my profile. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Age: 30

Gender: Female

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.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT, 30/F [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 22:52
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your profile and your personal story. I think your story is an important part of who you are and that if you can weave it into an essay, that it would help your candidacy. Of course, you don't want to come across as trying to pull on the ad com's heartstrings, but you do want to tell your story and how it plays into who you are and what you've achieved.

I do agree that Duke is likely a stretch. The other programs are also somewhat touch - it's just going to be tough with that GMAT score. I'm hoping your story helps them overlook it. I would suggest adding a couple safer programs to the list - something in the 45-65 range if there's anything that is a good fit.

Hope this helps - I wish you the best!
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