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Profile Evaluation (looking to partner with an admission consultant)

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Location: Germany
GPA: 3.3
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New post 10 Jul 2018, 09:20
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[/header2]
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New post 11 Jul 2018, 19:34
Hi and thank you for your post. Admissions committees will truly look at your profile holistically - analyzing your stats, work experience and extracurriculars – and so having one weakness will not necessarily be a deal breaker for even a top school. No candidate’s profile is perfect. The key is to accentuate all of your strengths, and you can certainly acknowledge your weakness in the optional essay. It sounds like you would want to discuss your low GPA in the optional essay. It also sounds like you have good reasons as to why it was low- although make sure you do not make excuses in the essay.

HBS and the other schools you listed are very competitive and turn away very qualified applicants every year simply because there is not enough space for all of them. But you do have a strong profile and definitely potential to overcome a low GPA - and 3.29 is not even that low! A high GMAT score and an A in HBX CORe will certainly demonstrate that you have the academic capacity to succeed in the classroom. Additionally, the fact that your work experience includes significant leadership/management experience as well as promotions is very impressive. It also sounds like you have the personal stories to help create compelling stories that will appeal to admissions committees.

Feel free to sign up for a 30-minute consultation with me or one of my colleagues so we can go into greater detail about your profile and also review your resume to get a better sense of your work experience.

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