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African American Male, 760+ GMAT, Low GPA, Solid Work Exp

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New post 26 Nov 2019, 11:46
Demographics:
Gender- Male
Age- 32
GMAT- 760+
uGPA- 2.5X
Race- African American
Gender- Male
Experience- 9 years

Academic Profile:
-School- State University (think Michigan State, UIUC, etc.
-Education- Finance and Economics double major
-GPA- 2.5X (I planned to write an addendum about my time in college being slightly derailed as I had to often disrupt it to take care of my mom's health needs)
-GMAT- 760+ (Consistently, score in the 750+ range on protored exams, aiming for 760)
-Additional Post Bac Coursework-
- uGPA 3.9 - 13 addtional courses in accounting for CPA and math from top 10 university (e.g. Michigan, Northwestern, etc)
- uGPA- 4.0- 8 additional comp sci, accounting courses for CPA and math including differential eqs, linear algebra, real analysis form local community college
-Certificates- CPA

Work Experience:
-Work as a Regional Controller (Fortune 200)
- Worked at University for 4 years
- Promoted 3 times since joining private sector 6 year ago
- Co-lead company wide effort of large finance/accounting project
- Significant experience due diligence/integration of acquistions

Extracurriculars:
- Member of ACLU young leaders board for my state
- Held numerous leadership positions in local and national political campaigns
- Marathoner

Reason for MBA
- I want to become a business owner using the entreprenuership through acquisition strategy. As I master the field, I want to use it as a way to encourage more ownership of businesses by Latinx and Black entreprenuers
- Here are the five things I hope to gain from B-School. I see each one as critical to my success:
1. Strong management skills- I need to learn how to manage a small business
2. Understanding the legal and payment structure of acquistions
3. Enhancing my skills in financial and legal due diligence
4. Negotiation skills
5. Building a network

Career aspirations:
1. Start a search fund and own successful small businesses
2. Invest in search funds/low-mid market small businesses
3. Mentor other underrepresented people who share the aspiration of becoming entreprenuers utilizing ETA

Reccomenders:
- CFO of 5+ Billion segment, alum top 10 B-School
- Professor of Research Accounting Course
- Mid-High level director of national campaigns

Target Schools:
Ideally I would be admitted to a JD/MBA program
- Kellogg
- Booth
- Ross
- Emory
- Duke
- Tepper
- Other Top 20

Thanks in advance for any feedback
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New post 26 Nov 2019, 17:01
Mdharris30 wrote:
Demographics:
Gender- Male
Age- 32
GMAT- 760+
uGPA- 2.5X
Race- African American
Gender- Male
Experience- 9 years

Academic Profile:
-School- State University (think Michigan State, UIUC, etc.
-Education- Finance and Economics double major
-GPA- 2.5X (I planned to write an addendum about my time in college being slightly derailed as I had to often disrupt it to take care of my mom's health needs)
-GMAT- 760+ (Consistently, score in the 750+ range on protored exams, aiming for 760)
-Additional Post Bac Coursework-
- uGPA 3.9 - 13 addtional courses in accounting for CPA and math from top 10 university (e.g. Michigan, Northwestern, etc)
- uGPA- 4.0- 8 additional comp sci, accounting courses for CPA and math including differential eqs, linear algebra, real analysis form local community college
-Certificates- CPA

Work Experience:
-Work as a Regional Controller (Fortune 200)
- Worked at University for 4 years
- Promoted 3 times since joining private sector 6 year ago
- Co-lead company wide effort of large finance/accounting project
- Significant experience due diligence/integration of acquistions

Extracurriculars:
- Member of ACLU young leaders board for my state
- Held numerous leadership positions in local and national political campaigns
- Marathoner

Reason for MBA
- I want to become a business owner using the entreprenuership through acquisition strategy. As I master the field, I want to use it as a way to encourage more ownership of businesses by Latinx and Black entreprenuers
- Here are the five things I hope to gain from B-School. I see each one as critical to my success:
1. Strong management skills- I need to learn how to manage a small business
2. Understanding the legal and payment structure of acquistions
3. Enhancing my skills in financial and legal due diligence
4. Negotiation skills
5. Building a network

Career aspirations:
1. Start a search fund and own successful small businesses
2. Invest in search funds/low-mid market small businesses
3. Mentor other underrepresented people who share the aspiration of becoming entreprenuers utilizing ETA

Reccomenders:
- CFO of 5+ Billion segment, alum top 10 B-School
- Professor of Research Accounting Course
- Mid-High level director of national campaigns

Target Schools:
Ideally I would be admitted to a JD/MBA program
- Kellogg
- Booth
- Ross
- Emory
- Duke
- Tepper
- Other Top 20

Thanks in advance for any feedback



Hi there,

Wow--there's a lot to like in your profile. Congrats on your achievements thus far! You seem to have crystal-clear goals for what you want to accomplish both during and after your program. You've also demonstrated a track record of leadership and it sounds like your recommendations will be stellar.

Diving into the basics--it's hard to really assess without an actual GMAT score. (It sounds like you haven't take it yet as you said aiming for 760+.) If you can get a 760 that would be phenomenal, and I'd like your chances at just about every school on that list. I'd encourage you to take it as soon as possible, especially if you're scoring ~750 and you feel ready. As far as GPA goes, that's way less important than GMAT, work experience, etc. It was so long ago that ad coms will be forgiving here, and while it will definitely be something you'll need to explain--they do look at your GPA and your transcript--I think a simple explanation of extenuating circumstances should be sufficient.

After the stats, we have to convince the folks reading your application that ETA is an attainable goal for you. (It's pretty simple--schools want to admit people who know what they want to and will be able to do what they want to do successfully. Even better if they donate to the school and hire future alums!) No doubt you have solid quantitative skills, and the CPA certificate should definitely help here. Any examples you can provide of managing others, tackling challenging/ambiguous business problems, and showing an entrepreneurial spirit will really help. I think the example of the large project and work and your leadership outside of work will really help you--especially at schools like Kellogg, Ross, and Duke that tend to be a bit more holistic in their approach to admissions.

Since you're pretty set on what you want to do, it's never too early to begin reaching out to current students in the space to learn more about the programs and get the inside scoop on how to best prepare. As ETA becomes more common of a path, many top schools are adding clubs specifically for ETA, hosting conferences, or including it in their entrepreneurial offerings. Only final point is that at 32 you lean on the older side--this shouldn't be an issue, but I also wouldn't wait too long to apply :)

Feel free to reach out if we can further help and good luck!
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