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Joined: 15 Dec 2010
Posts: 9
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy
Schools: Rotman (A)
GMAT 1: 770 Q V
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Request to evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2010, 07:10
Hi
I am 27 years old, Indian and male. I am looking for a post MBA career in not for profit or public management.

GMAT: 770 Q50, V47, AWA 5 (Only attempt)

Education:
Undergrad in Computer Engineering from a relatively mediocre Indian engineering college with mediocre grades (65%). Was the webmaster of the college website for a year. Helped organize red cross blood donation drives for kids suffering from a certain blood disease (thalassemia) .

Masters in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City IA. Sucky GPA (3.09). Held Teaching Assistantships throughout the degree (4 semesters). Co-authored a paper presented at an International Conference on Interaction Design and Children. Part of research team that developed free software that helps kids and old adults with motor disabilities use a mouse. Will get great recommendation from Professor who led the research.

Work Experience:
Worked for 1 year 2 months at a small software firm in Texas. Pretty regular stuff, developed enterprise web applications, nothing exciting but will get an excellent recommendation from supervisor.

Worked for 1 year 9 months at the Children Youth and Families Department of the Govt. of New Mexico as a contracted Web Developer. Pretty much single-handedly wrote an application that non-governmental agencies use to bill the state government for services provided to kids in the juvenile justice system and to victims, witnesses and perpetrators of domestic violence (services like free counseling, shelter, legal advice etc). Wrote code that produces reports for the Feds as well as the state government. Will get super recommendation from supervisor.

Returned to India around 4 months ago. Trying to establish along with a friend a school-after-school kind of thing at a rural area close to our home city (Public schools in the country side are ridiculously pathetic, kids don't learn sh*t).

I hope to get into an MBA program that's strong in social impact management. My strength, I reckon, is having been involved in projects that have a social impact. Biggest weakness is poor academic record. Don't exactly have a long employment history. No flashy extracurriculars either.

Schools I am looking at:
U Virginia (Darden)
George Washington
Duke (long shot?)
York University, Canada (Schulich)
I am thinking of applying to Berkeley, Cornell and Yale because it would be kind of exciting applying to Berkeley, Cornell and Yale.

Does that seem like a reasonable list? Am I even ready for an MBA? Because I sure am freaking tired of writing software for people.

Thanks,
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Re: Request to evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 10:19
Your GMAT score is definitely a plus. Your undergrad GPA sounds a bit low but your graduate one is much better. Were there external factors that contributed to your low undergrad GPA? Or if did not apply yourself, can you discuss the lessons you learned from the less than stellar academic showing? The key is to convince admissions committees that you have the intellect to excel in business school and you also have the ambition to apply yourself.

Also, it's good that your professor is willing to write a strong LOR but make sure he fully understands your goals and also is very specific about your achievements (leadership, innovation, etc.) while you worked with him. You will not benefit from a generic letter that simply states what a great person you are. And since your GMAT is not spectacular, the rest of your application needs to be very strong.

Your list of target schools is quite ambitious. Do not underestimate the time it takes to complete a good quality application. You should NOT cut and paste essay content and each essay takes a significant amount of time to write. I would suggest narrowing your list down a bit to schools that meet your criteria (Duke is great for social entrepreneurship) and that you truly like. Be sure to consider the school's culture, learning style, and location. Best of luck!
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