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Location: United States
Concentration: Sustainability, General Management
GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V38
GMAT 2: 710 Q48 V39
GPA: 3.72
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
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Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 18:23
Thank you in advance for your time and input!

I just finished retaking the GMAT and improved from 660 to 710 (Q48 V39, IR 8). I have been doing my research for the past few months and could use some feedback on how to best approach the application process in the fall (planning way ahead).

Background: Caucasian male, 24

Education:
Double major in Finance and Economics from Penn State, minor in Business Law. My GPA was 3.72, 3.89 major GPA in Finance.

Experience:
Since I graduated in 2012, I have been working for a large international healthcare equipment and biotech supply company, with a group that specializes in post M&A branding and customer engagement. I lead our weekly, monthly, and quarterly financial reviews, prepare the financial results for our Chief Commercial Officer, and help with other projects such as annual performance forecasts, expense projections, compensation plans, and strategy/customer partnerships.

Extracurriculars/Leadership:
In college, I was a member of the cross country club for all 4 years. I was appointed team captain (of 200 members) my first year, elected treasurer my second and third years, and appointed alumni coordinator my fourth year. As the treasurer, I managed a $45,000 annual budget and was responsible for coordinating all of our payments, event registrations, fundraising, and reimbursements. The club was also awarded 'Club of the Year' out of 100+ student organizations while I was treasurer (one of four executive leaders). As the alumni coordinator, I managed alumni relationships and set up social activities on popular visiting weekends. I also danced in the Penn State Dance Marathon (46 hours of no sitting or sleeping) to raise money for the Hershey Fund for Childhood Cancer.

Since undergrad, I have participated twice in the Bike MS cycling team for my company, riding 150 miles across the state of PA to support the National MS Society. My company raised over $14,000 for charity. Outside work I am a marathon runner (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston so far) and recently ran a 31 mile ultra-marathon.

Volunteer work:
In undergrad, our club raised an average of $26,000 annually for the Hershey Fund. Recently, I have been involved with IceWatch USA, a volunteer effort to monitor local waterway conditions to support climate change research.

Goals:
I want to progress into a management position in a large company after my MBA, ideally with a similar focus on post-M&A strategy or a focus on sustainable management/corporate social responsibility. I intend to follow the sustainability themes or tracks to prepare for this possibility, and also because I believe it will become highly relevant in the future.

Schools: So far I am focusing heavily on Darden, Fuqua, Berkeley, and Anderson. I am considering Kellogg and Booth as well.

Questions:
- In my last two GMAT prep test, I scored 740 and 760. Would it be worth attempting the GMAT a third time to try to improve upon 710? Would that affect scholarship potential?
- Does my higher GPA offset or strengthen my odds despite a median GMAT score at most of my targets?
- Is having 3 years of experience at matriculation too soon to apply?

Thanks again for any input!
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2014, 10:11
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Hello,
First, on a personal note, warm applause for your MS-related volunteer efforts – with a dear friend and an extended family member who have the disease (with very different trajectories and outcomes), I share your zeal to make it a piece of history…

Now on to the evaluation, and your questions. Congrats on the improved GMAT score – it makes a world of difference – all your target schools would not be even reasonable reaches without it! Right now, I’d consider Haas (and if you decide to apply, Kellogg and Booth) reasonable reaches, and Duke, Darden, and Anderson on the border between on-par and reasonable reach.

To answer your questions:

1. It makes sense to go for the (even) higher GMAT if you believe you can likely achieve it with reasonable effort – from what you say that seems to be the case. Yes, it would help with scholarship opportunities.
2. Yes. The adcoms will review your [url]application[/url=http://info.accepted.com/twelve-terrific-tips-for-mba-applicants] holistically and contextually, so the various parts are relative to all the other parts. A 710 in one application does not equal a 710 in another application.
3. No, as long as you make a strong case for why you need an MBA now and demonstrate that you can carry your weight and contribute fully as a classmate. A caveat: some programs, such as Kellogg, tend to prefer more seasoned applicants, so in such applications make every effort to show that “seasoning” and maturity.
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2014, 10:12
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Hello,
First, on a personal note, warm applause for your MS-related volunteer efforts – with a dear friend and an extended family member who have the disease (with very different trajectories and outcomes), I share your zeal to make it a piece of history…

Now on to the evaluation, and your questions. Congrats on the improved GMAT score – it makes a world of difference – all your target schools would not be even reasonable reaches without it! Right now, I’d consider Haas (and if you decide to apply, Kellogg and Booth) reasonable reaches, and Duke, Darden, and Anderson on the border between on-par and reasonable reach.

To answer your questions:

1. It makes sense to go for the (even) higher GMAT if you believe you can likely achieve it with reasonable effort – from what you say that seems to be the case. Yes, it would help with scholarship opportunities.
2. Yes. The adcoms will review your application holistically and contextually, so the various parts are relative to all the other parts. A 710 in one application does not equal a 710 in another application.
3. No, as long as you make a strong case for why you need an MBA now and demonstrate that you can carry your weight and contribute fully as a classmate. A caveat: some programs, such as Kellogg, tend to prefer more seasoned applicants, so in such applications make every effort to show that “seasoning” and maturity.
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Cindy Tokumitsu
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Joined: 03 Jan 2014
Posts: 13
Location: United States
Concentration: Sustainability, General Management
GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V38
GMAT 2: 710 Q48 V39
GPA: 3.72
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0

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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2014, 13:24
Hi Cindy,

Thank you for the feedback. I wish your friend/family member the best.

-bjb
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