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Profile Evaluation: Should I give up on the MBA?

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New post 27 Nov 2017, 23:16
Thank you very much for this. Would appreciate if you can provide feedback on my case.

28 yr old Filipino Male with green card

Full-time work experience:
- 2.5 years as an Investment Banking Analyst (government financial institution) focusing on infrastructure investments;
- 3.5 years as an Investment Banking Associate with Top Tier ASEAN Investment Bank(was promoted to Associate)
- Was supposed to be promoted to senior analyst in my first job but was poached by a multinational investment bank (top tier in South East Asia)
- Spearheaded the establishment of an analyst pool program which enables analysts to rotate on different investment banking products (saves the firm extra cost and increases efficiency of working teams)
- 6 years Investment banking experience in M&A, Equity, and Debt financing

740 GMAT

Undergrad info:
Top 3 Philippine University
Applied Economics; 2.167 GPA
Low GPA due to father being diagnosed with kidney failure, and heart attack; mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, stage 1 breast cancer

Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities:
Undergrad extra-curricular: University student government, economics organization
Post undergrad: Volunteer for Non profit organizations like Teach for the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga (reach out to poor communities and teach the under privileged)

Post-MBA goal:
Transition to Private Equity or Investment Banking in the US. Strong recommendation letters from high level executives (President & CEO, Managing Director, and Executive Director). President & CEO of the firm is an alumnus of Kellogg.

I know most of the schools I will be applying to will be a reach due to my GPA but below are my dream schools:
- Wharton
- Columbia
- Yale
- Booth
- Kellogg

Want to prove that despite a horrible GPA, I was able to turn things around given my strong work experience and strong GMAT. Would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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Sorry didn't realise it was ask the experts. Please disregard my comment. Thanks.
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New post 04 Dec 2017, 17:48
Thanks for sharing your profile. You have a really strong profile which I like a lot but that GPA!!! It is really really low for your target schools. You're most likely going to have to scale down on your list if you you want to be more realistic. I would take a look at some of the LA based programs USC/UCLA and see if you have any interest there. Most of the good PE/IBD jobs will be in the major cities. I would also take a look at UNC-KF and maybe even Duke as well. Tons of big banks in the charlotte area so good recruitment opportunities
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