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Concentration: Sustainability, Strategy
GPA: 3.7
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New post 15 Sep 2011, 22:19
female - current age 25 - 710 GMAT (75% quant, 92% verbal)

work experience
- 3 years in lobbying / public policy at environmental law practice of major law firm in the region for manufacturing and gas sectors Fortune 200 - 500 clients -- travel the US representing clients in legislatures, leading teams, public speaking, putting on enviro policy forums
- also work on health care policy, international trade policy at job -- should I mention this, but say that my interest falls in environmental policy??
- started enviro consulting practice at the firm in my first year -- ultimately failed but many benefits/lessons came of it
- published article on public affairs strategies
- attend conferences on enviro policy and enviro law that significant?? (these have been eye opening for me)
- interned in college at hedge fund alongside analyst on alt energy sector

education / college EC
- top 40 public university, Finance major, Real Estate minor, 3.7 GPA
- Teaching assistant for a business econ course -- created additional online course for 800 students
- Finance club co founder
- sorority -- significant volunteering

Current EC
- Junior achievement, current -- liaison for junior achievement for my firm
- Cancer society, current
- Charlotte Business Professionals, current -- networking here to generate new business for employer

passionate about reviving the manufacturing sector, business solutions to solving enviro problems, want to work in sustainability consulting post MBA, later start a consultancy that advises companies on sustainability while leveraging public advocacy

weakness- not a lot of ec leadership post college; low quant score -- can that be made up by fact i was a finance student?
no history of environmental interests prior to my work at the law firm (other than my internship at the hedge fund) -- is that a concern?

considering: HBS, wharton, Kellogg, Booth, Duke, NYU, Columbia, Cornell, Yale SOM, Tuck

Thank you!

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New post 10 Oct 2011, 21:46
Hello SOS1122, thanks for your question.

I think you’re being hard on yourself!

First, your quant score is slightly low, but only by 5 points. I typically recommend 80%. Your 75% certainly does not warrant an optional essay justifying it.

Second, the fact that you actually started the environment practice at your firm is great experience. Even if you did not have this interest prior to the law firm, you have a demonstrated track record of interest, sweat expended, and lessons learned to draw from now. I think this experience will work to your benefit!

In terms of extracurricular activities, they need not be limited to official community service. You might also speak to your passions and interests as vehicles through which you have done good for the world. For instance, giving regular informal tutoring/mentorship for a neighbor’s child is as compelling as volunteering at a soup kitchen once a month through an official program.

I encourage you to differentiate yourself in two ways:

Your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience and potential. In your essays, draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative.

In terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and our short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.

I think you have a shot at all the programs you list. Sure, Harvard and Wharton are bigger reaches than the rest, but not enough to not apply!

Best of luck,

Brian Eng
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