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Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit
Schools: Fuqua '14 (M)
GPA: 3.93
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Profile evaluation please! [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2011, 18:03
Hello,

I'd love to gain any insights you might have:

White male 28 years old.

GMAT: 680/6.0

Undergrad Degree in Int'l Relations/Econ from a liberal arts school. GPA 3.93/4.0; graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian.

Grad degree in Int'l Relations from a top 10 school. GPA 3.8/4; graduated with highest honors

EC: Co-founded a 200-student mentoring program in college
Founded a chapter of an anti-poverty non-profit after college
Co-chair of local young professionals organization after college
Member of my undergrad institution's steering committee for university strategic growth and planning
Participated in three two-week volunteer aid missions in Ethiopia after college
Volunteer basketball coach

Work Exp: 2 yrs in marketing at a large retailer (managed $300 million of company inventory and created/managed product assortments)
1.5 yr in corporate strategy at same retailer (worked on growth projects domestically and abroad)

After leaving retailer, chose to teach low-income high school students for past 2 years

LOR: Think I can secure strong letters

Post-MBA: I would love to take my consultative background I built in strategy and education-sector role to launch my own education consultancy after b-school

Target: Duke - love the culture and school itself

Essays: Have written the essays and asked alums for revision/ insights.

My perspective: I know my work experience is a bit diverse, which can cut both ways when it comes to my broader application. I would love to get your perspective on my push for Duke. Not totally certain if Duke is a reach given my background.

Thank you for all the help!
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Re: Profile evaluation please! [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 05:41
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Hello HopefullyMBA2014, thanks for your question.

Other than the fact that your GMAT is slightly lower than the Fuqua average, I think you could be competitive there.

To your question about your varied background, to the degree that you can, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.

I often see candidates who apply to Duke also apply to Michigan and Virginia – if you are looking for potentially similar peer choices.

Best of luck!
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