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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, 09:53
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 20 Nov 2012, 17:59
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Yes you seem to already know your negatives: below average GMAT and GPA, state school grad, administrative career. On the plus side, being female will give you a boost since schools are under-represented with females. Also you seem like you have a record of plugging in outside the work arena. I would say if you could get a 6-handle on your GMAT you'd have a better shot at your target schools especially if you can get it up in the mid 600's. You have to remember that you are competing with other female accounting types with degrees from top 20 colleges and higher GMATs. Focus on what makes you stand out against these applicants and you will be on the right track to standing out. Tell a good and compelling story and you may just capture the attention of the adcoms.
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