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Concentration: Sustainability, General Management
GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V38
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GPA: 3.72
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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2014, 07:22
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 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?
- Would it be too much of a stretch to try the H/S/W lottery?

Thanks again for any input!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 05:47
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Thanks for your post. Great profile with solid academics, GMAT and good demonstration of leadership. Of course the one weakness I see is only two years of post college work experience when you apply. They will give you credit for the work experience you will log between application and matriculation, but must evaluate you on what you have achieved by the time you apply of course. What you do have going for you is that it sounds as if you are making a significant impact on your organization. Additionally, the healthcare industry is a tough industry to crack and so offering your insights would be valuable to classmates who are looking to break into that industry. It's good to have options for your post MBA career, but your vision right now sounds a bit undefined. You should sharpen up your plans and make clear connections in the application between what you have done and what you want to do going forward. This will help combat concerns that you might need a couple more laps around the proverbial block before schools take a strong interest. For this reason, I think getting a 750 on the GMAT would indeed help you. The schools would find this as a valuable boost to their average and might make a concession on the work experience to pad their GMAT average. Don't get me wrong--a 710 is a fantastic score, but if you can fairly easily get it up even more, you could use that as an advantage. in the end, speak to your involvement in college as well as your professional life as one continuous, passionate engagement in everything you do. I would not rule out any schools, so pick the ones in the top tier where you feel you have the best fit--not necessarily what you perceive as the best odds. Let us know if we can help you pull it all together. We have specialists who graduated from all the schools on your list.
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Intern
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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 17 Feb 2014, 17:49
Thanks for the advice Bryant. Very helpful!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2014, 18:49
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My pleasure--best of luck to you as you apply.
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