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Hi all --

I'm having some trouble sussing out whether my application goals are at all realistic, and would appreciate some feedback. I'm applying for a spring start at the Stern PT Manhattan weeknight program (too young/inexperienced for Columbia EMBA, want to keep working at my current company, feel like PT MBAs are significantly less valuable at schools with a less prestigious network). I'm a very strange candidate, though:

- taking the GMAT in early Sept but practice tests conservatively point to ~710-730 with extremely strong verbal scores and decent quant
- undergrad GPA roughly 3.0, except I put in twoish years at Northwestern, crashed and burned for mental health reasons, and then finished at Hampshire College five years later with a smoother but still unspectacular transcript. When I did well I did EXTRAORDINARILY well (e.g. aced a high level grad school course) and when I tanked I really tanked (I straight up failed a class my second trimester at Northwestern).
--> Hampshire profs write 2-paragraph evals instead of giving grades, and though I took a lot of my classes in the Five College Consortium, I have no idea how to really calculate my GPA -- 3.0 is a guess
--> between Northwestern, a few DePaul summer classes to see if I was ready to start school again, the Five College courses, APs, and my Hampshire evals, my transcript stretches almost eight years and is pretty unintelligible
--> Hampshire doesn't have majors; I wrote my final thesis on prisons and gender theory
- I'm a 28 year old queer white woman
- 4ish years of work experience -- an AmeriCorps term; a year of freelance consulting with some interesting research/data analysis projects; then I moved to NY and went from being a barista to being something like COO at a 70-employee bakery, and in 18 months have racked up some significant wins: posted 23% YOY growth across two outlets, manage my own team of 16, diversified that team and tripled average length of employee retention, tripled catering program sales, built e-commerce, executed two renovations on schedule and under budget, implemented health insurance, and have run out of things to fix in the front of house so am now restructuring the kitchen team and implementing management software to systematize production/cost- and inventory-tracking

I can feel my own eyes rolling into the back of my head reading this list -- it's just complicated and kind of floofy, and it's hard to tell whether I'm being realistic about applying at all given my dumpster-fire transcript. I have really clear reasons for going to business school but am agnostic on the specifics of what I do afterwards; I love managing teams & solving strategy & ops problems, but I don't care if I do it in tech or retail or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

That's...an essay in and of itself. Thank you for reading!

Originally posted by donnaglaraway on 05 Aug 2019, 11:07.
Last edited by donnaglaraway on 05 Aug 2019, 11:30, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 05 Aug 2019, 11:15
oh, service-- while I was freelancing I led a 200 person deportation defense community organizing project, coordinated accompaniment for immigrants going to their court appearances, trained 80 people to be Know Your Rights trainers, ran a 20-person civil disobedience resulting in a stay of deportation for a connecticut father, and built a rapid response network covering most of southern CT.

(sub-question: this experience was really important to me, but it's unclear how aggro I should be about pointing to it in apps given the, um, legal rowdiness of the operation i ran)
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