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Profile Evaluation Request (Very low GPA, Very high GMAT) [#permalink]
21 Nov 2013, 18:27
Hi, I'm a 28-year-old female with a profile that is a bit all over the place, and I'm hoping someone can evaluate my school selection and/or offer suggestions on schools I might want to look at, given my profile.
Also any other analysis or comments on application strategy is also always welcome!
Thanks so much!
MARKETING & I.T. COORDINATOR, for a national law firm - 3 years experience
Marketing Functions: Printed and online marketing materials redesign and maintenance, business development - RFP bids, firm & partner business plans, conferences/speaking opportunities advice and coordination, maintain list of key contacts for current and target clients.
IT Functions: Troubleshooting, training, and strategic advice for all hardware and software in Princeton and Philly offices, coordination with various IT vendors/service providers.
760 - V: 44, Q: 49, IR: 7, AWA: 5.5
V: 166 (96th%), Q: 168 (96th%), AWA: 3.5
BRYN MAWR COLLEGE - B.A. in MATHEMATICS - GPA: 2.3
Note: In addition to my abysmal GPA, I also a have large gap in my education timeline: I should have graduated in 2008 but was short 1 semester's worth of credits, which I had intended to take off-campus the following semester for transfer and promptly finish up. Things did not go as planned and despite lacking a degree, I ended up working full-time and beginning my career. Then in January 2013, I decided to go back full-time to Bryn Mawr and I finally completed my degree. (Unfortunately, there are no extenuating circumstances that led to my poor academic performance other than immaturity and a perceived lack of existential purpose.)
Bryn Mawr Residential Council, Elected Co-President
Student Government Association, Bryn Mawr Boad of Trustees Finance Committee, Athletic Association, NCAA Field Hockey TeamNCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track Team
First choice school is CMU-Tepper
Other schools I am considering: George Washington, Georgetown, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Babson, Baruch College, U of Marland - Smith, Johns Hopkins - Carey
 Applying Round 2 this year.
Career change to Consulting - Specifically to work either in the Corp. Social Responsibility department of a large consulting firm or at a CSR-specialized boutique consulting firm. Interested in consulting business strategy/development for consumer products/services companies and/or non-profits.
Your test scores obviously go a long way to mitigating your low GPA. First, I suggest writing a succinct, straightforward optional essay for your applications acknowledging the GPA and stating what you basically said in your post – you were not yet mature enough to have the needed sense of direction in school. Now you do. If you take a relevant course somewhere, even online, and earn an A, that would also help demonstrate ability to perform in the academic environment (the high test scores demonstrate ability, whereas the A would demonstrate ability to excel in an actual classroom, even if virtual).
Your goals represent a bit of a career change – which is fine. But I do suggest taking active steps to learn about this career path and the prospective organizations (including informational interviews), and portraying that activity and what you learn from it in your essays. You want to show yourself as proactive and engaged with this career path, and making an informed decision to pursue it.
That said, your choice of schools looks on-target. These schools are excellent, and they may welcome your high GMAT enough to overlook the low GPA.