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New post 30 Sep 2012, 20:38
Give it to me straight...

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3.3 gpa from non target public uni in finance/accounting. GMAT: aiming for 720 (let's keep this a variable). 20 months at a fortune 5 oil company in their finance rotational program; I've been moved to jobs with greater responsibility 2 times in these 20 months (considered move ups at my company). I intend to begin business school in the fall of 2014 (will have 3.5-4 yrs of experience by then).

I have just started working with a refugee organization in Houston that does teenage mentoring for a few hours per week. I am also very close to joining a non-profit organization that specializes in consulting Houston area small business on how to run an efficient and profitable business.

I have started an alternative transcript at UCLA Extention...I have taken one class, Corporate Finance, got an A+ in it...I will be taking Calculus and maybe Statistics next year to prove that I can do my math. Also, I am sitting for the CFA level 2 in June...I definitely have a tight schedule for the next 1-2 years.

I am really trying to bust my butt to make it into Columbia/NYU. The reason I am choosing these schools is not only because of their academic rankings but also because they are in NYC....2 years in the City would be pretty badass.

If I can't get into these schools then my next choice would be to go to Rice in Houston. I am not interested in going out west or any other area besides NYC..

My post-MBA goals are to get into Energy IB. I am working as a finance/performance analyst on the trade floor of this oil company, i am learning the business well...i think I can transfer this technical knowledge to an Energy IB firm...that's my angle.

Any advice is appreciated..
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New post 03 Oct 2012, 22:18
Hi there!

Thanks for sharing. At this point in time, if you do everything you say you will, it seems like you could have a fair shot at Columbia and at NYU. Your academic record is ok - - 3.3 GPA coupled with top grades via extension courses and hopefully a 700+ GMAT. That'll at least put you in the competitive category for each. Your professional experience sounds very interesting - just focus on continuing to take on as much responsibility/leadership, etc. on your job. Your career narrative makes sense to me, so that's good :) Finally, looks like you're getting involved in the community -- make the most of that. Really try to make a meaningful impact on the organizations so that you come out with some strong stories of leadership and impact on that front as well.

So, the real answer is -- it depends what happens over the next 1-2 years! Go rock it!


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