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Profile Evaluation (looking to partner with admission consultant ASAP)

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Location: Germany
GPA: 3.3
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I'm super keen on applying to B-School, with my top choice by far being HBS. I'm also applying to MIT Sloan, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Wharton, and at least one school abroad in Europe. HBS is by far my first choice, however, and I'm definitely looking to partner with an admissions consultant ASAP to help with my application for this specific school.

My main concern is my low GPA! My resume shows consistent growth and a lot of accomplishments at the companies I've worked for, but it's definitely also a little bit jumpy (circling around the sales/PR/marketing realms a lot). During undergrad, I was seriously ill, once homeless, and worked full-time while studying, so I'm hoping this will shine a brighter light on my dim academics and inconsistent profile. I want my themes to be 1. failing, and then picking myself back up again to show tenacity, and 2. overcoming obstacles, and now wanting to start my own company to make the world a better place.

- 3.29 GPA, social sciences
- 730 GMAT (RETAKING aiming for a 780)
- Completing HBX CORe (Harvard business 'prep' course) soon with a goal of an A (4.0) average
- Undergrad was at Harvard Extension School (I'm not sure how this is regarded at HBS? It's part of Harvard University, but obviously much less impressive than Harvard College or any other Ivy League college)

Work Experience:
- American, 3 years of international experience (Germany - working language proficiency)
- 8 years of professional experience, 4 years in people management/leadership roles
- Managed 15 people at maximum, now managing around 5 people (switched companies, and now growing the team from 0 to 5)
- 5 promotions, from intern >associate > senior associate > team lead > senior manager > head of sales
- Starting my own company, in the very early stages

Life Background:
- Aged 30
- Experienced a life-threatening illness and homeless during undergrad - hence the low GPA
- Also worked full-time during all of undergrad, taking classes at night
- Decent amount of volunteering experience
- "Theme" of my application is overcoming hardship/life threatening illness/and homelessness, and now wanting to start my own company and make the world a better place AND how my past failures (low GPA, slow to graduate, etc.) only make me stronger and how I've kept doing despite adversity shows tenacity

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New post 11 Jul 2018, 18:54
Hi there,

Thanks for reaching out! We like to do profile evaluations on our free consults because it gives us a chance to better understand your story before giving you direction; however, I will give you a few things to consider. The first is age. HBS tends to skew a bit younger; and all of the schools target applicants who are in the 3-6 years of experience range on average. Sure there are outliers, but on the upper end I tend to see successful applicants coming from the military or missionary / humanitarian work. And on that thread, are you sure you want to go to a full time program? You've already reached a level of professional success greater than what most of your peers at a FT program would have reached (eg. will a class full of 26 year olds be helpful to you?) and if you're starting your own company, might an exec program be beneficial in that way as well vis-a-vis networking etc? Just something to consider. I think your experience / age will be a considerable hurdle for several of these schools even though you have a very inspiring story. Yet, of course it's not a non-starter and story matters. I've seen 30 year olds get into top programs when they can really make a strong case for why an MBA makes sense right now.

So, I hope you don't mind my attempt to be devil's advocate. Again, I think you have a powerful story; I just encourage you to consider whether the full time route is really what you want.


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