1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?
IT Consultant/Business Analyst at Accenture- 4 years experience in 2009. Can show growth in career path from analyst to senior analyst to consultant levels.
Also run a private consulting company that specializes in leveraging small business set asides to setup contracts between big business and government. I started it myself in 2008 while in school, and since then have had tremendous growth: 2011 FY Revenue 980K, 2012 FY Revenue: $1.2M
2) Your GMAT.
Haven't yet taken actual exam, still studying.
Practice tests have shown 680-720 range.
3) College info: Georgetown University, 3.3/4.0, Dual Major: Strategy, Design, and Change; International Business, Graduated 2009.
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
In college was 4-year varsity and 2-time Division 1 swim team captain, set 5 school records and was also a member of an organization that developed events for children in the NICU unit, also was a volunteer trainer through a program I created for aspiring young athletes. Currently started and run a summer swim program in DC (where I live) for urban youth and a weekend swim program for professionals. Also volunteer with DC Public Schools by doing weekly reads and learning at elementary schools. Yearly volunteer for an organization that provides Christmas presents for families that have been affected by juvenile cancer and the financial risks that result.
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
Microsoft Certified Professional; Looking to get Certified Business Analyst Professional certification if recommended for chances of getting accepted (would be one of youngest holders with certification)
6) Your target programs.
Top 15, ideally top 10.
7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.
8) Your post-MBA goal.
My post-MBA goal is to grow the business ideas that I have and currently work on, but also make a global impact to society. Everything I do now (from my company to my volunteering) only affects a small sample (local community), and I believe an MBA will help develop the skill-set I need to grow my business ideas into scalable organizations while also making strides in global social concerns.
9) Additional Info
Language fluency in 3 languages, advanced in 1, and developmental in Mandarin. I came to this country as a war refugee on asylum. My GPA is lower than I'd like, but 4 months before I began college I had a traumatic brain illness that took away my ability to read and write. I re-taught myself and went to school that same year and can show progressive grade improvement throughout my 4 years, and now I actually participate in numerous events where I speak to audiences about what I've gone through and the will to not give up. (Is this something I would share on an application?)
Thank you kindly for your input.
Dear Reeses Pieces,
Quite a story. Let's assume you get a 720 and can sharpen your goal
, which I assume would be clear if you wanted to be more specific about your business ideas. Given your recovery from brain injury, your activism, your Accenture experience and entrerpeneurship, you should aim for top schools at least for round 1. Look into HBS, Stanford, Kellogg, Haas, and MIT Sloan. If you don't get in at these programs, consider Ross, Cornell, Duke, NYU Stern, and UCLA.
If your GMAT is lower, post again and we'll probably change the mix somewhat.
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