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Your profile has the virtue of being somewhat unusual. Your line of work and career goals in particular help you because they are distinctive. You are correct that your extracurriculars are not so hot. If the passion for cinema could express itself in some formal way that involved leadership, it would be a great asset for you. The college stuff is modestly helpful, but does not turn your extracurriculars into an asset. I think you'll need to spin the international/language/travel themes into your extracurricular/diversity material and make that as interesting and compelling as you can. The other significant negative is the lack of leadership at work. These two negatives together suggest to me that you are overreaching:
Columbia ED -- Not likely Chicago R1 -- Not likely Cornell R1 -- You have a decent chance NYU R1 -- Not likely Darden R2 -- Long shot but better chance that CBS, Chicago, NYU Duke R2 -- Long shot but better chance that CBS, Chicago, NYU Georgetown R2 -- You have a decent chance
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Appreciate the feedback and your candor. It seems I need to spend some time working on further refining my positioning so that the initiative I have taken in my work is a little more apparent.
I feel it is a bit late to make a concerted effort into taking on a leadership role within an extracurricular activity, my interests outside of work are what they are and I would really like to start an MBA next year.
As you suggest I will try and emphasize the international and multicultural aspects of my profile more strongly because I do honestly consider them to be quite distinctive, and hopefully that will help my chances at some of the "reach" schools.
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