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My story needs shaping. Is it possible?

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Hello Guys! I wish to know your perspective since due to the economic crisis I live in, where a minimum wage is around ~4 USD, every application dollar counts and even hurts.
Thanks in advance

- 27 Male, Venezuelan-Syrian. First generation college student.
- GMAT: Practice test scores so far 720. Won´t apply with less than that.
- GPA: 3.0 Industrial Engineering in top engineering school in Venezuela ( :thumbdown: but somewhat explainable), fellowship to exchange for a year in France. Graduate Diplomas on Marketing ("approved" - not scored) and currently on Financial Management (3.8 so far)
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1)2y9mo (at matriculation) in Market Strategy roles in Top 3 global Risk Consulting and Broking company. 1 promotion; led and managed projects of large impact, and intl exposure. (Venezuela)
2)1y1mo in P&G in Market Strategy and Planning as mostly full-time intern (used the time during which my school was on strike due to socio-political instability), awarded a 5/5 score. Rejected offer in R&D (only available post) due to vocational objectives. (Venezuela)
3)6mo internship in Client Strategy at French multinational in its headquarters (Paris)
EC and awards:
- 1yr Job at an NGO (after office, weekdays) for human rights and international activism regarding Venezuela´s situation.
- 3yrs attended,+ 2 years led my schools team for Harvard´s Model UN in Boston. The two years I led it, we obtained large delegation awards, positioning my team above even Ivy Leagues and schools with more experience, resources and recognition.
- Volunteered in the rural indigenous area of Venezuela for diagnosis and solution of health and nutrition problems of these communities (2w)
- Languages: Spanish, English, French, Arab.
- Other (less relevant): Placed 41/9000+ and 47/6000+ honor roll for admission tests in college; University and municipality recognition for international representation of the country, participated in two other leadership conferences, nominated for best subject final essay by teacher. Traveled to 25 countries and twice as many cities abroad
Goal: Transition into strategy consulting to apply the macro business perspective I´ve been wanting to develop. Long term: Rebuild my country from the private sector as a regional corporate leader/entrepreneur.
- Target schools: Kellogg, INSEAD, Darden, Booth, Emory, Tuck. (Worth a try in H or W?) (round 1/2 of 2018)
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Thanks for sharing your profile. It’s a solid profile. Won’t be a slam dunk but given you are applying from a country with a relatively low applicant base this should help you stand out if you can drive home an interesting application. Not sure i would bother with your H/S/W but the other schools on your list may make sense if they are fit for you career / culture wise. Your low GPA will be your main red flag here which a school like Booth may not be able to get over


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VeritasPrepDozie wrote:
Thanks for sharing your profile. It’s a solid profile. Won’t be a slam dunk but given you are applying from a country with a relatively low applicant base this should help you stand out if you can drive home an interesting application. Not sure i would bother with your H/S/W but the other schools on your list may make sense if they are fit for you career / culture wise. Your low GPA will be your main red flag here which a school like Booth may not be able to get over


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Thank you VeritasPrepDozie !!
I wonder, in your experience, what parts of my profile should I exploit when applying, and which weaknesses and potential mistakes you see story-wise. Does it seem like I´m jumping around or as gathering perspectives? Can you tell from my job roles what I do and its importance or should I focus on pimping that part of the explanation?

Thank you so much again. Whatever other feedback will be appreciated.
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GPA will be your main weakness so anything you can do on the GMAT to balance that out will help you. I would make sure you are connecting the dots from your current work experience and the rationale behind your career choices and make sure everything feels well aligned with your planned future goals. Double down on areas of passion and the uniqueness of your upbringing given your diversity. Share how that has molded you into the person you are today. You’ll need to embrace your diversity!


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