I'd appreciate any advice that you might have for me based on my profile. I should mention that I'm not applying in 2012-2013, but waiting until next year (2013-2014), so I will have 3 years of work experience at matriculation.
Full-time work experience: United Airlines, Revenue Management Analyst (July 2011-present), Senior Analyst (July 2012-present)
GMAT: 690 (88%) - Q:44 (66%), V:40 (89%), AWA:5 (67%), IR: 8 (92%)
*Plan to retake the GMAT. ~720 is expected
GRE: Q:168 (97%), V:161 (86%), AW:4.5 (73%)
Undergraduate school: DePaul, B.A. Marketing & Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2009, GPA: 3.87 w/ Honors
Grad school #1: Illinois, M.S. Recreation Sport & Tourism, 2011, GPA: 3.92
Grad school #2: Northwestern, M.S. Predictive Analytics (part-time), 2014 (expected), GPA: 4.0 thus far
Extra-curriculars: Triathlon team member in grad school (2 yrs), Teaching assistant in grad school (1 yr), Research assistant (psych) in undergrad (8 months), math tutor at Children's Memorial Hospital (1 yr), club volleyball player (3 years), charity marathon runner (6 months), youth program leader for Chicago Cares (3 months now), running coach for Chicago Runner's Association (2 months now), week-long volunteer trip to teach English in Peru in December, professional video game player (4 yrs), retail sales associate (5 years)
Target programs: Harvard and Stanford; after that, Wharton, MIT, Berkeley, and Dartmouth; any other suggestions?
Post-MBA goal: Strategy consulting in the service industry (short-term); CEO of retailer (long-term)
Age: 25 (will be 26 when I apply, 27 at matriculation)
If there's anything that I can do to improve my candidacy, please let me know.
Assuming you raise your quant score, you have a competitive profile for your target schools. A little more international exposure would help, as would more leadership responsibility. Your coaching will help you there. Obviously you are already planning to retake the GMAT, which I also recommend given your target programs, with the goal of improving your quant score. If your GRE wills till be valid, you could just apply with that.
Your choice of schools on one hand makes sense, but these are among the toughest ones. I think you should also include a few where acceptance is a little easier, like Duke, Ross, and Cornell, unless you are willing to face the possibility of reapplication. Finally, consider Columbia (has resources for retail and luxury goods) .
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