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Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2013, 20:15
Hi,

I hope you had yourself an awesome Halloween!

I would like a profile evaluation based on the information below:

GPA: 3.67 from an average university
Expected GMAT score: 650 - 680
Age upon application: 23

Work Experience:

- I served for two years as a Community Economic Development volunteer in rural Kenya. I worked with an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and educates children born with disabilities. During my time there, I was responsible for basic office management, official communications, event planning, and income generation (I was able to acquire almost 3 million Kenyan shillings to be used for the construction of rental cottages).

- I worked for eleven months at the University of Michigan Health Service in the emergency room as a patient services assistant. It was my job to collect and verify patient contact and insurance information and to provide basic office support. I also collected service payments.

- Almost six years at a local dental office as an assistant office manager. Basic office work, patient scheduling, payment collection, and billing.

Education:

Graduated cum laude from all universities and colleges attending. Made the Dean's list every semester.

Skills and Miscellaneous

Speaks intermediate Swahili. Learned Kenyan Sign Language from the children I worked with. Interned at the American Red Cross for a few months.

My opinion: I think I'll be weakest in experience and GMAT score... What do you think?

Lastly, the list of schools I plan on applying to:

Simon
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Cosby (in Missouri)
UCLA
Eller
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 19:30
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. You are pretty young at this time compared with the average b-school applicants, BUT you have a lot of experience at a young age. Not sure when you graduated, maybe the 2-3 years of experiences you list at first are your post-undergrad experiences? Which are generally the main focus when you apply to b-school.

The volunteering experience is extremely compelling; not only does it show how much you have gone above and beyond to help community needs, but you've also been able to gain various management experiences through this as well, it sounds. So while you have less experience than average overall, you can speak to the fact that you've experienced a lot in a shorter amount of time and that you have a lot to bring to a b-school class.

The biggest missing piece at this point for me is the WHY... why do you want an MBA? What are your career goals? What do you need from the MBA to reach those goals? The schools will DEFINITELY want to hear this and it should be genuine, convincing, compelling... if you can nail that, and particularly relate your prior experiences to your future goals in some way, you should have a decent shot at your schools you listed with a GMAT of 650+. Good luck to you, keep us posted!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 20:54
Thank you so much for your reply!

I graduated from university at 19. Then worked the year at the hospital and then served in the Peace Corps.

I'm working hard at making the WHY stand out in my essays. Honestly, I simply believe that an MBA is the next logical step in my life. It simply fits among my long term goals. I'll need to refine that idea in my essays but that's the foundation!

Again, thanks for the evaluation!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2013, 19:46
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Gotcha.

And yes, work on that 'why' ;). Not sure you mentioned your long term goals here?? But if you do have clear short and long-term post-MBA goals, and you can explain exactly how and why you need the MBA to reach those goals, then your story makes 'sense' so to speak so that works! It's just important at competitive schools to show you have a clear plan in mind on how you'll use the MBA and why you need it, especially since your fellow applicants will do so. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 15:21
640 on the GMAT. I had a wonderfully comedic beginning to the test (I locked my keys in my car and then proceeding to go over my break time by 5 minutes).

Well, let's see what can be done!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 12:00
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Oh man, bummer about your test day!! 640 isn't the worst but definitely sounds like you should be able to do better, and to lose 5 min on your testing time is killer. Hope you can re-take and have a much better day, good luck!
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