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Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 04:01
Hi Alex!

Can you please evaluate my profile, I've done a lot of research on what schools are looking for but I am still apprehensive.

I'm afraid that because I don't have a quant background and my GPA was only a 3.3 that as an early career applicant, getting into a top b-school would be next to impossible.

Here are my stats:

Female, first generation American, Haitian descent

Undergrad: Howard U
Major: Journalism, Spanish (minor)
GPA: 3.3/Cum Laude

Few quant courses undergrad and I was a B student in the ones I did take (Economics, Algebra, Applied Topics in Math).

Awards/Honors: I was on full tuition scholarship and I received another large scholarship for excellence in journalism. I also have received a handful of awards for journalism/multimedia convergence and one for entrepreneurship.

Work Exp: I have completed 14 internships/fellowships at mostly top companies (InStyle, New York Times, Cosmopolitan) and freelanced while undergrad. I also worked part-time for a big name in entertainment for two years in a pr/mrktg function with a focus in programming and event planning--the position was part of a one-year program but I was asked to return for a second year after being the first to break membership goals since the program's inception. In the position I managed six campus reps.

Extra Currics: I started an online magazine my sophomore year which doubled as an unofficial training program for students interested in new media and magazine journalism and served on the e-board for a few orgs.

Community Involvement: I did two alternative spring break programs in New Orleans and spent a summer volunteering at a media org for at-risk youth but other than that my service has been less formal/event based--walk-a-thons, Thanksgiving meal prep, mentor programs, etc.

Recent Developments: I started a tumblr blog on social media/digital marketing and music. It's very new so I can't claim amazing traffic but I've written a few informal case studies on viral successes and mixtape releases. Not sure if admissions will consider this a hobby or just an extension of my journalism profession.

Test Scores: I am enrolling in a prep course to insure high scores. Also, I have been advised to take the GRE instead of the GMAT due to my journalism background and the fact that many top schools accept them (Thoughts on this in particular would be appreciated)

Right now I am looking at the following schools:

U Penn
MIT
Columbia

And I will apply with the consortium common app to the following:
NYU, Yale, and Dartmouth

I can apply to up to six with consortium so I may add three of the following:
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Wisconsin-Madison

I think that about covers all the major areas in applications. What do you think are those schools completely out of reach? They are all schools that accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT but in general what schools do you think I have a shot at? Also, should I explain my GPA in an optional essay? My transcript lists four courses as "Directed Study," two were substitutes for major journalism courses and two were independent study courses I developed. Is this something I should mention?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 15:00
It comes down to one thing:

Whether the adcoms believe that you can handle the academic coursework in an MBA program.

They either will, or they won't.

However, what can help you big time is your GRE or GMAT score. If you're able to really knock it out of the ballpark, it will certainly make a much stronger case to the adcoms that you can handle the coursework.

The rest of your profile is very strong and compelling - and certainly unique. And given your journalism background, I would expect that you can write a damn fine essay.

It really comes down to how well you score on the GRE or GMAT.

Another thing you could do is to take 2 extension classes (online or on campus) in something quantitative - calculus, stats, algebra, etc. -- an 100-level (or freshman level) type of course is fine -- and ace them. But you won't have time at this point.

Just focus on the exam prep, and hope that it'll be good enough.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2011, 18:36
Yea I didn't have much time to develop an "alternative transcript" =/. I took the GRE and hit 80th percentile for math, I'm concerned about my scores but others seem to think they're competitive for top schools.

Exam 1: 690Q; 580V
Exam 2: 740Q; 520V

I ended up applying to the following schools:

NYU, UTexas Austin, UV Darden, Yale, Dartmouth (Consortium)

MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, UPenn

Ended up writing a crazy amount of essays but my readers think they were really good. I don't care much for the traditional essay structure so I took a magazine journalism approach and gave them narrative and anecdotal intros. Hopefully this method works out in the end!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2011, 19:04
As you know, there is no "right" or "preferred" way of writing well. Even with b-school essays.

What is most important is conveying your story in a clear, specific, economical and compelling way. That could be done in a traditional expository or descriptive way (which is what most applicants default to), or in a more narrative "slice of life" manner. In my opinion, writing in a narrative "slice of life" manner (probably what you did) is what I prefer, but it also requires a much more skilled writer to be able to "show and not tell" because your thesis and argument is often conveyed as subtext, which then puts the onus on the reader to make the appropriate inferences. In the hands of a less than skilled writer, it can be a disaster -- gimmicky, unclear, and even insincere because it becomes too cute for its own sake.

Anyhow, you've done all you could and now it's just the waiting game!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2011, 14:50
Ahh yes, waiting -sigh- but I suppose Round 3 is also an option if I get dinged.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2011, 15:59
Welp, I didn't get into most of the schools I applied to but I won't have to reapply in the fall. I got admitted to MIT and waitlisted at Yale and W. Thanks for your help!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2011, 10:14
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Minority Female, Early Career Applicant [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2011, 18:12
Thanks!
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