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New post 09 May 2017, 17:14
First, thanks in advance for taking a look at this profile. I'm a relative newcomer to this entire process, and am really just trying to figure out how practical my candidacy is and what range of schools is realistic for me.

High Level:
26 years old, Caucasian male, US citizen
Education: Elite US University (Top 8), Double Major in Biology and History, minor in Chemistry

Stats:
GPA: 3.25
GMAT: 750

Work Experience:
- 5 years working for a consulting/business process management firm that supports public sector health and human services programs around the world. The firm played a large role in helping to implement health care reform in the US when that first came down the pike a few years ago (right around when I started working) and supports state and federal clients that administer large public insurance and other entitlement programs
- Have been promoted twice and served in a number of different roles. Started out in the operations/consulting unit, working with individual clients to address their operational issues or stand up new programs. Have also served as a product manager and solution architect for the firms pursuit of individual new business opportunities. Upon last promotion was selected to lead own team (though now only two people in reality) focused on identifying adjacent markets and new strategic partnerships for the firm's business in the domestic (US) health space
- Have had a number of key accomplishments, including proposing the acquisition of a competitor, pitching the idea to executives at my company, and helping lead the due diligence and integration process once the deal was approved. I received a corporate award for this that's only given to around 15 people a year worldwide out of a total of 18,000 employees

Extracurriculars - was drum major of the marching band at fairly large school (>100 members in band) and also led pep band for all men's and women's basketball games. Was also active in a fraternity, with a couple of minor leadership roles. Currently on alumni board for the group

Philanthropy - was philanthropy chair of my fraternity for a year, and worked for a summer for an environmental protection-focused not-for-profit. After graduation I work with the corporate foundation my company runs, meeting community groups and attending dinners/events to present.

Essays/Recs - this post nonwithstanding I think I can pull together excellent essays, and plan to start writing as soon as applications are available. I also believe that my recommendations will be excellent, based on their feedback on my performance/a draft that one of them let me read.

MBA Goals - move into strategy and operations consulting for the health care sector, particularly for clients/companies that interact with the programs that I've supported in the past (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.)

I imagine my GPA will be a big stumbling block, as I was below the mean at my university (though I suppose the hard science degree might help a bit). I don't have a great way of explaining it away unfortunately, though I do think my strong job performance and recommendations will get across that I can handle the work. Any help at all would be much appreciated - thank you in advance for your time and for taking a look at this
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ivracd23 wrote:
First, thanks in advance for taking a look at this profile. I'm a relative newcomer to this entire process, and am really just trying to figure out how practical my candidacy is and what range of schools is realistic for me.
Hi ivracd23, Welcome to GMAT club and thanks for reaching out. Happy to give you my thoughts on your profile.Will do so below:
High Level:
26 years old, Caucasian male, US citizen
Education: Elite US University (Top 8), Double Major in Biology and History, minor in Chemistry

Stats:
GPA: 3.25 Don't be too hard on yourself for this gpa- you went to a top school and biology and chemistry tough
GMAT: 750This is excellent!

Work Experience:
- 5 years working for a consulting/business process management firm that supports public sector health and human services programs around the world. The firm played a large role in helping to implement health care reform in the US when that first came down the pike a few years ago (right around when I started working) and supports state and federal clients that administer large public insurance and other entitlement programs
- Have been promoted twice and served in a number of different roles.Also this is excellent-
great to show progression and it sounds like passion also for your work
Started out in the operations/consulting unit, working with individual clients to address their operational issues or stand up new programs. Have also served as a product manager and solution architect for the firms pursuit of individual new business opportunities. Upon last promotion was selected to lead own team (though now only two people in reality) focused on identifying adjacent markets and new strategic partnerships for the firm's business in the domestic (US) health space
- Have had a number of key accomplishments, including proposing the acquisition of a competitor, pitching the idea to executives at my company, and helping lead the due diligence and integration process once the deal was approved. I received a corporate award for this that's only given to around 15 people a year worldwide out of a total of 18,000 employeesawesome!

Extracurriculars - was drum major of the marching band at fairly large school (>100 members in band) and also led pep band for all men's and women's basketball games. Was also active in a fraternity, with a couple of minor leadership roles. Currently on alumni board for the groupAll sounds good here

Philanthropy - was philanthropy chair of my fraternity for a year, and worked for a summer for an environmental protection-focused not-for-profit. After graduation I work with the corporate foundation my company runs, meeting community groups and attending dinners/events to present.

Essays/Recs - this post nonwithstanding I think I can pull together excellent essays, and plan to start writing as soon as applications are available. I also believe that my recommendations will be excellent, based on their feedback on my performance/a draft that one of them let me read.

MBA Goals - move into strategy and operations consulting for the health care sector, particularly for clients/companies that interact with the programs that I've supported in the past (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.)I think your science background and your healthcare work all tell a logical and compelling story for moving to strategy/ops consulting in healthcare sector.

I imagine my GPA will be a big stumbling block, as I was below the mean at my university (though I suppose the hard science degree might help a bit). I don't have a great way of explaining it away unfortunately, though I do think my strong job performance and recommendations will get across that I can handle the work. Any help at all would be much appreciated - thank you in advance for your time and for taking a look at this
I'm not sure you need to apologize for grades or call attention to them-
if they are mostly B's with some A's and just a space C or two- don't call attention to it. If you had one semester where you tanked and it brought down the avg gpa- then address that in optional essay. I really like your profile and I think that Stratus could help you navigate how to handle the gpa and how to highlight the passion for science/healthcare. We offer free consults where you can learn more https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... onsulting/
Good luck to you! Be proud of all you have accomplished so far. In terms of schools with some great healthcare options- Wharton,
Fuqua, Kellogg, UNC Kenan-Flagler, UCLA, Wash U (Olin), Cornell, UCLA, UT Austin, Yale, UVA, NYU, Tuck, CBS, Haas, MIT, HBS
Here is a good article about MBA programs with good healthcare concentrations: http://www.healthcare-management-degree ... on-in-hcm/

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