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profile evaluation: low gpa, private equity experience [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2014, 08:16
Hi mbaMission!- thanks for putting this together and being so helpful.


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-24 year old male
-3.1 GPA from a mid school in Boston (Northeastern/Boston University/ Boston College). Acct and Finance major. Took plenty of Advanced accounting courses and got B+s.
-720+ GMAT expected. Currently studying.
-2 year work experience in an Asset Management role in a real estate investment management firm. Middle office role.
-Current work experience as the only Acquisitions and Capital Markets Analyst for a real estate development firm akin to a private equity firm. Great experience and able to be hands on in every part of the real estate process from sourcing to acquisitions to construction to fund raising. Hope to be promoted to Associate before I apply to school.
-EC in school: Professional director at my school's business fraternity. Fund raised and organized charity school events.
-EC outside of school: Helped under-privileged families with filing free tax returns.
-EC professional life: Working as a mentor to young entrepreneurial kids with great ideas. No leadership role but hoping to attain.
-post mba goal: Connect with and partner with the school's professional network to source and build affordable housing in NYC. My past professional experience and ec experience has been devoted to real estate and helping the less fortunate.

besides middle of the road GPA, some blips on my resume including a C/econ/freshman, C/taxation/junior, and B-/calculus/senior. My gpa did steadily increase over the years although I admit I was an average student. IMO a B- in calc is a blip. C in tax was because prof was a major dickhead, gave out raw grades instead of curves.

I will do everything and anything it takes to get into a top 10 school in particular Stern and Columbia. What do you think my chances are? Will it better my chances if I build an alternative transcript? I know I can get an A in quant courses. My mind was not in the right place in college.
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Re: profile evaluation: low gpa, private equity experience [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2014, 14:47
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. It sounds like you have a lot going for you, namely some interesting experience that probably has brought you a lot of quality over your couple of years of working (more so perhaps than many have over a longer timeframe); a pretty strong idea of where you are headed and why; extracurriculars and a sense of giving back to the community. The main 'weakness' per se is likely the GPA and 'blips' ;) you mentioned; best ways to combat that are GMAT, and sure if you were able to take a course or two and nail them that couldn't hurt as well. Additionally you'll just want to make sure your post-b-school goals are solid and fairly well researched/considered; right now it may raise some "how" questions so just be prepared to explain your plans and vision, especially in an interview situation. Beyond all that, the final decision may come down to just how well you stack up against other candidates and how you convey who you are and what you'll bring to the class through those essays, first of all, and the interview if you get to that point.

Let us know how else we can help, good luck to you!
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