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Profile Review Needed! LOW GPA - NEED ADVICE PLEASE!

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Profile Review Needed! LOW GPA - NEED ADVICE PLEASE! [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2012, 11:51
Hi,

I graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in May 2009 with a BBA in finance and entrepreneurial management. I graduated with a 2.75 GPA. There is no specific reason for my low GPA. I would say i was not mature enough and i didnt even know i wanted an MBA. Also, english is not my native languague.

After graduating I returned to Panama, my home country, where I started my banking career as a portfolio manager who overseas a fixed income mutual fund with AUM of more than US$275MM. By the time i want to start the MBA (fall 13), i will have 4 years of full time work experience I also enrolled in Law School at ULACIT and I´m expected to graduate in April 2013 with a degree in Law and Political Science (Current GPA: 3.5). Even though this is considered an undergraduate degree in my country, it would be the equivalent of an American JD degree. I am also involved in several organizations suchs as Junior Achivement, where i have been an advisor for the last 3 years.

Additionally i can mention that I am a certified real estate and stock broker / analyst in the Republic of Panama.

I haven´t taken the GMAT yet, but in the practice tests ive taken, i always score around 650. With this score and my profile, can someone please tell me if i have a chance to attend a good MBA? I wanted to apply to Babson College, Bentley University, American University and MAYBE, if i have any chance....NYU and UVA (virginia). Any comments on these options? New suggestions?

Please find attached my resume for more clarification on my "extracurricular" activies so you can asses the situation.

Thank you for your help!!
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Re: Profile Review Needed! LOW GPA - NEED ADVICE PLEASE! [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 20:17
in addition to your GPA, an add'l challenge you'll need to overcome is a perceived lack of focus. you're getting a second degree, so you need to remove any perception of a "degree collector." plus, in your essays, you'll need to really demonstrate some level of career focus and progression. and finally, you'll need to demonstrate comfort with business analysis and quant skills (sounds like you might be able to do this thru your work experience), to offset your low GPA from an average program.

your chances at the places you've listed are not unreasonable if you can adequately address some of these basic issues. places like NYU and UVA are certainly a stretch, but maybe you include one stretch school into the mix and give it your best run?

hope that's helpful,
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Re: Profile Review Needed! LOW GPA - NEED ADVICE PLEASE!   [#permalink] 20 Aug 2012, 20:17
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