Thanks for providing us detailed picture of your profile. You have a clear plan for your future. Congratulations on your stellar GMAT score.
Here are answers to your questions:
Question1. Am I getting a good chance get accepted by the above schools? I understand my weaknesses include low under-grad GPA and lack of corporate exposure. Are my working experience and the 740 GMAT going to offset the weakness in my application? I heard about taking courses in community college to offset low undergrad GPA, but I don’t have such time because of work.
Answer: Yes, your vast work experience, your stellar GMAT, and your great community service and extra curricular activities should definitely offset your low gpa. It's fine if you cannot take extra classes, but you should definitely explain your low gpa in your optional essay.
Question 2. About recommendations: As a general manager, the only person above me is the business owner. He is going to give me a good recommendation demonstrating my achievement at work. I am planning to have my counselor at Christian fellowship to write me the second recommendation. As my counselor, she knows me pretty well. Also, I worked with her closely as I coordinated a couple music events for the fellowship. She should be able to give me some good words about my leadership skills. Is that a good combination of recommendation letters?
Answer: Absolutely. Both your recommendations will speak well of your professional accomplishments and community service.
Question 3. About area of interest, i am not so sure about entrepreneurship or general management. can i put both? or if i have to pick entrepreneurship, will it go with my long term goal just fine? I want to put entrepreneurship because i feel like it is closer to what i am doing at my job, therefore increases the change of acceptance.
Answer: You are the one who will set goals/ plans for your career.As long as you have a clear idea about your goals and you can convince the Ad Com of that in your essays, you are fine.
4. My salary is significantly lower than average. Is that something bad for my application? That is because as business partners, both I and the business owner agreed that it is the best now to reserve the money for the company growth. Should I use the optional essay to make that clear?
Answer: I think you can just mention this in your essay when discussing your career progression. But I would not suggest using optional essay for this purpose.
Question 5. According to my profile, would it be a waste of money to try one of the top 10? like sloan?
Answer: NO, it is NOT a waste of time to apply to top schools like Sloan. You should go ahead and apply to your dream school
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