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New post 11 May 2017, 11:46
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.

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


Hey there good sir,
So overall your profile is quite excellent. Although it is true your GPA is below par (we'll get back to this in a bit), your profile has the breadth and pedigree for a Top 10 school, and you have the GMAT too. I think between your work, where you are already leading others as a consultant, and the various activities you have participated in (fundraising, fraternity, etc) your profile is very strong. Along with a top alma mater and your GMAT I don't see any cause for concern. And given your work in healthcare thus far, your goals are very logical and plausible. So all seems good there.

On the GPA front, yes you are below par, but I don't think it should tank your application. Firstly, you did do a tough double degree at a top school. And secondly, a 3.25 is below average, but not so low that it starts to cause a problem. At the same time, you could and should make a bit of space in your application to address the issue (writing about your double degree and the challenges thereof, and showing other "challenging" work you had to accomplish which proves your abilities, and you should be good.


I hope this helps!
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