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New post 03 Nov 2012, 12:30
I’m looking for some guidance before I narrow down my list of schools and start filling out applications. I’m shooting for the Round 2 deadlines in early January. Thanks in advance for your time.

730 (47v, 44q, 6w)

I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2007 with two bachelor’s degrees – journalism and government and politics. I had a 3.2 GPA. (It took me way too long and too many credits to figure out I was really, really bad at Japanese.) Most of my extracurriculars were journalism-related. I did lots of freelance writing for small newspapers and held down a radio show for a few years. I also have two black belts in Japanese martial arts – Ninjutsu and Taijutsu. Those won't do me much good in B-school, but they've helped me stand out before.

At the time of the application, I’ll have 5.5 years of professional experience.
-Two years covering business, government and politics at various times and later doing a lot of editing for a chain of newspapers in Pennsylvania.
-Almost 2.5 years covering state government, politics and business/economic issues for a statewide paper in Maryland.
-About a year in the public sector working in a variety of economic development functions, including external communications (speechwriting, etc.) and some policy development.

I want to (eventually) end up doing VC or entrepreneurial work. After I got my GMAT score, I started looking at the top schools in Boston (Harvard, MIT), Chicago (Booth, Northwestern), and Northern Cali. (Stanford, Berkeley). Am I a fit there? If not, where else?

Thanks again for the time.

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New post 05 Nov 2012, 00:15
Hey Nick,

You have a very interesting profile. It's a shame to ruin it by giving unlikely and illogical (and common) goals such as you have. Schools LOVE different candidates (and your journalism experience is different). They also LOVE political candidates, which given your field, you have. It's all a matter of influence. So why not use those strengths and build upon them? I would suggest rethinking your goals so that you can come up with something that will make good use of your past experience, and lay you out as a unique and diverse candidate.

Given your grades, those schools may be a bit on the tough side for you as GPA of accepted students tends to be higher, but still, you have the GMAT and the interesting profile, so I would give it a shot, but still maybe adding one or two more schools a wee bit down on the list, just in case they don't like your GPA too much.

But like I wrote above, your story will be KEY. (Plus as a journalist they will be expecting some very good writing!)


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