I have been lurking here for the past couple weeks and just took the GMAT last Saturday, man I wish I saw this site earlier I would have studied differently (used Princeton Review
Info: Age 23 at matriculation, Male, White American
Education: Private Schools Entire Life, Top 25 University (USC), Bad GPA 2.56, 650 (44, 35)
WE: 88 year old family business, been in general management at one of our locations ~100 employees now work at executive / regional level. 16 months worth at matriculation
Extracurricular: Mostly sport related (Sailing, Baseball leagues), Intramural stuff in college ---- How do they view stuff like that? Also did Habitat for humanity and Special needs camps in high school but nothing since.
Goals: Get an MBA that will help me lead my company in the future.
Schools: I am applying to some of the best (Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton) as well as USC, and IESE ESADE and maybe IE in Spain. (Also open to any other suggestions about European schools)
I know my GPA and my (not bad) GMAT are not the typical profiles of many of the applicants, including many here. But I hope that my unique experiences and unique situational make me an interesting addition to a b schools class. And I am really applying for the education rather than the degree if you understand by what I mean.
If I don't get in anywhere it is not a huge deal for me, scarily I will still run a 30 million dollar company in about 5-6 years.
Also don't mean to sound like an arrogant a**hole or anything just sharing the reality of what I am facing. I'm going to do a search to see if there were any other members in my same situation.