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Profile eval - thanks in advance!

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Joined: 31 Oct 2011
Posts: 34

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 3

Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit
Schools: Fuqua '14 (M)
GPA: 3.93
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New post 01 Nov 2011, 09:53

I'd love to gain any insights you might have:

White male 28 years old.

GMAT: 680/6.0

Undergrad Degree in Int'l Relations/Econ from a liberal arts school. GPA 3.93/4.0; graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian.

Grad degree in Int'l Relations from a top 10 school. GPA 3.8/4; graduated with highest honors

EC: Co-founded a 200-student mentoring program in college
Founded a chapter of an anti-poverty non-profit after college
Co-chair of local young professionals organization after college
Member of my undergrad institution's steering committee for university strategic growth and planning
Participated in three two-week volunteer aid missions in Ethiopia after college
Volunteer basketball coach

Work Exp: 2 yrs in marketing at a large retailer (managed $300 million of company inventory and created/managed product assortments)
1.5 yr in corporate strategy at same retailer (worked on growth projects domestically and abroad)

After leaving retailer, chose to teach low-income high school students for past 2 years

LOR: Think I can secure strong letters

Post-MBA: I would love to take my consultative background I built in strategy and education-sector role to launch my own education consultancy after b-school

Target: Duke - love the culture and school itself

Essays: Have written the essays and asked alums for revision/ insights.

My perspective: I know my work experience is a bit diverse, which can cut both ways when it comes to my broader application. I would love to get your perspective on my push for Duke. Not totally certain if Duke is a reach given my background.

Thank you for all the help!

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New post 02 Nov 2011, 10:45
Hi ack424,

Thanks for posting. Regarding your application:

Your GMAT score is slightly below Duke's average. Your score will be self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will only focus on your highest score. If you do believe you can improve your score by 30+ points, it may be worth taking the test again.

Your undergraduate record is fantastic.

You do have an appealing application, particularly because of the organizations you have started. Although you should address your transition from the corporate world to teaching, you can frame it in a way that will benefit your application.

Although your personal essays and recommendations are going to be a critical component of your application (and I have only seen a limited part of your candidacy), Duke Fuqua should take notice of your candidacy. If you would like, here is some school specific advice for Duke Fuqua: ... ua-advice/

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