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Profile Review: 31M, 750 GMAT 3.0 GPA

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Joined: 09 May 2019
Posts: 7
Location: United States (MN)
GRE 1: Q167 V165
GPA: 3.01
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Planning to apply this fall. Would appreciate any thoughts, tips you're willing to provide!

Work experience:
3.75 years working in social media strategy and analytics (think: media planning and buying, not so much content creation / community management) at an independent advertising agency (~100 employees) in Minneapolis; promoted four times during my time there, ultimately managing two assistant account executives

CURRENT: 1.5 years in digital marketing strategy/operations (non-management position) at a large integrated healthcare system based in the Midwest, playing a lead role in enterprise digital media planning/buying/analytics in social, display, direct, native, etc.

Extra curriculars:
Spent the last 1.25 years on the Programming Committee and Associate/Junior Board (~8 hours/week) of a prominent inner-city youth sports organization; will continue to participate for as long as I can (even during/after MBA) – truly value my time here and the opportunity to have an impact

During my time at the agency, I was selected/sponsored by agency to participate in a three-month-long national case study competition

During undergrad, I was one of five students selected to represent my university in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s Bateman Case Study Competition – a year-long, national case study competition in which student teams create and implement a full public relations campaign

Multi-year member of two different ad/PR student orgs

Undergrad school/major:
Big10, Journalism – with an emphasis on Strategic Communication (i.e. Advertising/PR)

White; born in Northern Ireland, primarily raised in US



GRE Score:
332 – 167Q, 165V (according to ETS’s conversion tool, that would be a 750 GMAT - hence the headline)
Undergrad GPA:
3.0 – I understand this is something I’ll need to overcome (more on that below).

Goal of MBA:
Transition into the marketing practice group of a Big 4/T2 consulting firm

Target schools:

Northwestern, Dartmouth, Michigan, Virginia, Duke, Cornell

Beyond my lower GPA, I have a checkered past academically. Due to lack of maturity more than anything else, I wasted my first two years post-high school bouncing out of a Pac12 party school and failing classes at a local community college. Then I enrolled in the Big10 school from which I graduated and began to take my academics more seriously. And since I’ve been in the workforce, I’ve been passionate and dedicated (which I hope is demonstrated by my history of promotions). Absolutely plan to address past failures in my essays and how I’ve benefitted from them.

Four big questions:

· Any thoughts on targets?

· Any guidance on framing up my lackluster academic history?

· Wondering about the value of completing MBAmath or HBX Core this fall to reinforce quant skills and demonstrate commitment?

Thanks in advance for your time and advice!
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