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Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:11
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Hello everyone,
So here's my MBA story:

White male/32/gay (does this matter?)/GPA 3.005/attended a University of California school/GMAT aiming for at least 700 (practice tests have been around there and still a month and a half before test.

So my story goes that I went off to college, didn't really know what I wanted to do, started in Pre-Med (hated it), did fine first year, then my father passed away (suicide), my grades plummeted, I changed major to Theater, got decent grades, Dean's list quite a few times, ended up graduating with a 3.005 after 5 years (the dad thing REALLy messed me up). I moved to New York (persuing the dream-dream didn't happen). Worked for a Major hotel at the Front Desk for 6 years (the money was suprisrisingly REALLLY good - so didn't take opportunities for advancement, although I was Shift Lead, had highest upsell record and enrollment in loyalty program 4 years in a row-huge deal to the hotel, not sure about Grad Schools), transferred to a Sales position at an even better hotel. Along the way I've cross-trained in several of our sister properties: 2 years in Marketing, 1 year in Copywriting, took Graphic Design/Marketing Courses at NYU (all A's). I have 2 bosses that will no doubt write rave reviews for me. I have quite a few extracurricular going on for me: was published in 6 literary journals, wrote a novel (that never got picked up), an accomplished pianist (creativity and marketing is where I shine), was a gymnastics coach and team captain, was an assistant manager during college, am the first one in my family to graduate from college (let alone grad school), took part in Leadership Development Program at UC. So I'm at a point where I'm sort of trying to spin everything into an example of leadership (ie: holding the family together after father passed away). My question is: clearly my GPA is lacking, and I'm not so sure that schools are going to be thrilled that I was a Theater major. Also I don't really have any official management roles. I wanted to apply to some top schools, but is it a lost cause? I have no doubt I could craft an outstanding essay, I'm just worried about how to phrase/spin the content. I wanted to apply to Columbia and NYU (both close to me), Georgetown, UCLA, USC, and Booth. Boston University and Boston College (both backups). I'm applying first round. Any advice is much appreciated.

Also, I failed to mention that I began this whole application process 3 years ago, but ran into some medical issues. Which are now resolved. (It's been a difficult life to say the least. But hey I'm still here. And that's somehing. )
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:20
A couple of things -

-In addition to a strong composite score, you will need a strong quant score on the GMAT to let admissions know that you will not be a liability in the classroom.

-In conjunction with creating your own leadership story (which I do not think you will have a problem with), you will need to very clearly address your short and long term goals, and why an MBA would help you achieve those goals.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:26
You come from a non traditional work background but with good essay execution plus a strong GMAT score you should be good at USC, Boston University and Boston College.

UCLA will be tough due to age and low undergrad GPA.

I think Booth, NYU and Columbia are reaches but if you frame the story the right way, especially since Booth and NYU have the ability to add creativity with a PPT to the app can give you a leg up based on execution.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:31
joshhowatt wrote:
Hello everyone,
So here's my MBA story:

White male/32/gay (does this matter?)/GPA 3.005/attended a University of California school/GMAT aiming for at least 700 (practice tests have been around there and still a month and a half before test.

So my story goes that I went off to college, didn't really know what I wanted to do, started in Pre-Med (hated it), did fine first year, then my father passed away (suicide), my grades plummeted, I changed major to Theater, got decent grades, Dean's list quite a few times, ended up graduating with a 3.005 after 5 years (the dad thing REALLy messed me up). I moved to New York (persuing the dream-dream didn't happen). Worked for a Major hotel at the Front Desk for 6 years (the money was suprisrisingly REALLLY good - so didn't take opportunities for advancement, although I was Shift Lead, had highest upsell record and enrollment in loyalty program 4 years in a row-huge deal to the hotel, not sure about Grad Schools), transferred to a Sales position at an even better hotel. Along the way I've cross-trained in several of our sister properties: 2 years in Marketing, 1 year in Copywriting, took Graphic Design/Marketing Courses at NYU (all A's). I have 2 bosses that will no doubt write rave reviews for me. I have quite a few extracurricular going on for me: was published in 6 literary journals, wrote a novel (that never got picked up), an accomplished pianist (creativity and marketing is where I shine), was a gymnastics coach and team captain, was an assistant manager during college, am the first one in my family to graduate from college (let alone grad school), took part in Leadership Development Program at UC. So I'm at a point where I'm sort of trying to spin everything into an example of leadership (ie: holding the family together after father passed away). My question is: clearly my GPA is lacking, and I'm not so sure that schools are going to be thrilled that I was a Theater major. Also I don't really have any official management roles. I wanted to apply to some top schools, but is it a lost cause? I have no doubt I could craft an outstanding essay, I'm just worried about how to phrase/spin the content. I wanted to apply to Columbia and NYU (both close to me), Georgetown, UCLA, USC, and Booth. Boston University and Boston College (both backups). I'm applying first round. Any advice is much appreciated.

Also, I failed to mention that I began this whole application process 3 years ago, but ran into some medical issues. Which are now resolved. (It's been a difficult life to say the least. But hey I'm still here. And that's somehing. )


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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:39
to clarify, LGBT status does matter. you will be considered as a minority applicant. other than that, hard to give advice without a GMAT score.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:44
thugly921 wrote:
to clarify, LGBT status does matter. you will be considered as a minority applicant. other than that, hard to give advice without a GMAT score.



SO is this something I should highlight in my application? And if so, how exactly should I introduce that?
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:47
joshhowatt wrote:
thugly921 wrote:
to clarify, LGBT status does matter. you will be considered as a minority applicant. other than that, hard to give advice without a GMAT score.



SO is this something I should highlight in my application? And if so, how exactly should I introduce that?

most applications have a check box for it. if not, you should find a way to work it into your extracurricular activities or essays.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GPA (among other things) [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 13:04
joshhowatt wrote:
thugly921 wrote:
to clarify, LGBT status does matter. you will be considered as a minority applicant. other than that, hard to give advice without a GMAT score.



SO is this something I should highlight in my application? And if so, how exactly should I introduce that?


As someone with a similar profile - LGBT, low GPA (I had a 2.58! :lol: ) - here's my thoughts:

GPA: A 3.005 is not the worst thing in the world. The fact that you have taken additional courses at NYU and done well in them will definitely alleviate some of the Ad Com's concerns. Taking and doing well in a calculus or math course at a local college over the summer will help. And of course, if you ace the GMAT, that will go along way too.

LGBT: As thugly921 pointed out, being LGBT puts you in the minority applicant pool, and all else being equal it will give you a slight advantage as schools try to round out their classes with diversity. In regards to how to show this, there's a few ways. 1) If there's a check box on the app, check it! 2) Look up the LGBT association/club and get in touch with current members. They are more than happy to give you advice and support throughout the entire application process, and you can highlight this interaction in your essays or interviews. 3) Finally, you can weave it into your essays. You can talk about how you volunteered at a shelter for homeless LGBT youth...how you look forward to contributing to the school's LGBT club...or how much you admire Oprah. :lol:

I have admits from a number of schools similar to the ones you mentioned, so it can definitely be done!
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