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Starting My MBA Journey

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Hello all!

Long time lurker, first time poster. I have finally decided to start my MBA journey and will start studying for the GMAT this weekend. A little bit about me, I graduated undergrad in December 2015 with a very low GPA (about in the 2.4-2.8 range but with a strong upward trend in my last 60 hours). I plan to address this in my essays by explaining I was the first person in my family to go to college along with some other extenuating circumstances. I also plan to have very strong essays and letters of rec from direct supervisors.

As far as my resume goes, I am in project management for a very large commercial construction company. I am currently working on a $100M high rise apartment building where I am ultimately responsible for managing all of the various subcontractors and their employees onsite (about 350 people at the moment). A lot of my work includes creating/maintaining schedules, budgeting, gain/loss accounting, maintaining relationships with consultants/architects/engineers/owners on a daily basis, pay application processing, problem solving pretty much every hour of the day, and so much more. I am at the point where I am just burnt out on construction after being around it my entire life and would like to make a career change.

I am also involved in volunteering a few hours a week in the pediatric wing of a local cancer hospital where we play board games and such with sick children.

I would like to stay in Texas so my top schools would be McCombs, Jones (Rice) and Mays. That being said, I know at the very least I will have to absolutely crush the GMAT to have even the slightest chance. Am I crazy for trying to do this or is it possible? Realistically, what kind of GMAT score am I needing to make to be able to make this happen?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Hi. Congratulations on your starting your journey. There are definitely low GPA success stories and it won't derail your plans as long as you can demonstrate that you are mature, responsible, and committed. Having a good explanation in your additional essay will help and to seal the deal, you will need a 700+ GMAT Score. McComb's average is 703, so ideally you would get to 720 or above to compensate for your GPA weakness.

Career change is a very common reason for an MBA where people sometimes use their MBA as an eject button and it motivates them to persevere with their GMAT studies, application essays, etc to get it done and get the heck out. I was in a situation where I had to get out and I did. There is definitely no shame in that and I think your construction/blue color work environment may be a good differentiator for your application. Schools like diversity.

In short, focus on the GMAT in the short term - plan to take 3 months and nail it. Don't spread it across 6 months and make sure you find quality time rather than sitting in a truck during lunch break with a book. Try to see if you can do it in the morning (not sure it is possible) or some other time when your mind is still usable. You have a good shot with a number of TX schools and potentially more. See if you connect with someone doing their MBA right now or someone who has done it 5-10 years ago and can potentially mentor you. That helps a lot!

Good Luck!
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Good luck on your journey!
Just work hard and will reach your goal wish you the best.









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Hi. Congratulations on your starting your journey. There are definitely low GPA success stories and it won't derail your plans as long as you can demonstrate that you are mature, responsible, and committed. Having a good explanation in your additional essay will help and to seal the deal, you will need a 700+ GMAT Score. McComb's average is 703, so ideally you would get to 720 or above to compensate for your GPA weakness.

Career change is a very common reason for an MBA where people sometimes use their MBA as an eject button and it motivates them to persevere with their GMAT studies, application essays, etc to get it done and get the heck out. I was in a situation where I had to get out and I did. There is definitely no shame in that and I think your construction/blue color work environment may be a good differentiator for your application. Schools like diversity.

In short, focus on the GMAT in the short term - plan to take 3 months and nail it. Don't spread it across 6 months and make sure you find quality time rather than sitting in a truck during lunch break with a book. Try to see if you can do it in the morning (not sure it is possible) or some other time when your mind is still usable. You have a good shot with a number of TX schools and potentially more. See if you connect with someone doing their MBA right now or someone who has done it 5-10 years ago and can potentially mentor you. That helps a lot!

Good Luck!
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Well, just took my first cold diagnostic CAT from the official MBA website and scored a dismal but somewhat better than expected 460 (Q22)(V31)(IR 7).

I went in completely blind and cold after not have looked at a single math question since my last math class in undergrad in June 2015, so I was expecting that quant score and I guessed on A LOT of those questions. Was a little disappointed in the verbal score, thought I would have done good on that although I did guess on more than several. I can tell right off the bat I will need to work on my time management skills as I felt somewhat rushed during certain parts.

I ordered the OG and MGMAT set of books Friday, those will be getting here tomorrow and I will start my studies. I am very committed to improving my score and crushing this thing. What are my realistic chances of improving my score enough to get into the schools I mentioned in my first post? Keep in mind I will pretty much be starting from square one with studying/learning foundations.

Any tips for me bb?
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Just to give you an idea, it is quite a bit of work to improve 200 points on the GMAT. It is a monumental amount of work to improve 300 points. I can name a handful of people here on GMAT Club who have gone up 300 points (I went up only 210 points since my serious diag test).

It is possible but you have set your expectations properly and fix the sins of your youth when you breezed through math and english composition classes.
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Hello texag15! Good luck on your journey! As someone who also has a low GPA, I know how it feels but it definitely doesn't mean that we will hit a wall at the end. Don't worry too much about it!
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