Thank you all for the kind encouragement, I really appreciate it. Before finding this website, I didn't think I stood a chance at a top MBA program. It now appears to be possible.
I'm working on studying for the GMAT as we speak. I'm a little rusty on math and found that out quick after picking up Kaplan
's GMAT 800
book. I'm also practicing some problems on this site. I'm shooting for 700-730 score.
Are there certain schools in the top 20 I should shoot for, given my personal and education background? In other words, do some programs have a reputation of being kind to an applicant like my self in terms of my academic background?
The other point is this. How much hardship and background diversity should I emphasize on my essays? I worked really hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA on my last two years and I'm working really hard on obtaining a good GMAT score. I would rather be admitted into a good school based on my academic prowess instead of inherited characteristics, such as race or national origin. Does that make sense? Or is this counterproductive? I feel like by emphasizing my diverse background in an attempt to get a favorable result, will undermine my hard work in school. I want to get in because I can compete with the best in the school, not because the school has statistics it needs to meet. Please tell me if I'm crazy.