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New post 28 May 2011, 22:01
Hey all,

I was wondering, because I'm worrying at length that undergrad might have killed me despite what I've been doing lately, if you can give me a profile evaluation.

I'm a bit of different case than most are used to, as I'm a serious "late bloomer". I'm not coming from the upper echelon of engineers or investment bankers, but would love to hear how people view me.

I am testing around the 640 Range on the GMAT, and with a prep course on the way, I hope to up that- but for a benchmark, let's say my GMAT is 640.

Since UG:
-8 Month Energy Policy Internship in Washington DC at famous non-profit- here I attended many conferences and co-wrote an industry read case study... from there I got hired to.....During this time, I also handled an intern team as a consultant to accomplish various tasks for a hydro developer out of Vancouver remotely from DC.

-1 Year of Wind Energy Development as an analyst- (negotiated two deals- deals not completed- for purchasing of development LLC's). Also recieved training in Financial Modeling, Accounting, and transaction analysis in addition to energy market analysis and geographic information system analysis. - Charlottesville, VA for a major startup Wind developer

-6 months-Moved over at balance of 1 year due to capital raise at wind company to sister biofuels company, managing a sales territory over 1 city of procuring waste vegetable oil to turn into biodiesel- Technical Sales- in Greensboro, NC.

Planning on next stop being joining my fathers I-Bank to "help quantitative ability" on application or joining either a start up solar or wind developer (still in talks).

I haven't taken a stats class since high school (but I could probably teach one, I'm versed in regression as I've taught myself), I took the basic math class at my school which was just an applied math course and recieved a B+ (as i said, I'm a late bloomer!). Needless to say, my quantitative background is a lot more versed and analytical than my application indicates. I'm going to take a stats course online, but it's difficult if there is set dates due to 80+ hr work weeks that are heavily variable based upon travel.

The plan is energy private equity for 2-3 years or energy development then to join my fathers I-Bank, which is specialized in energy.

Undergrad College: Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin- GPA= 3.192 (last 3 years higher, first year was 3.4 first semester... 1.0 second semester due to an inability to emotionally handle a cheating girlfriend/heartbreak internally within myself).

Major: Communications with minors in Public Relations & Religion
Activities: College Newspaper journalist, local non profit board of directors (finance committee) and member of student in Free Enterprise

I'm looking at Babson, Wake Forest, UT Austin, William & Mary, Rice, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Case Western, Wash U in St. Louis, George Washington, UVA, American U, Yale SOM, etc. However, there is a family pressure to get into U Of C; where I have an alumni base. I also have some connection at Cornell.

Did I screw myself with a wasted undergrad? Do I have a chance? Any other ways to strengthen my app would be great! I'm literally coming home at night and all I'm doing is studying finance, accounting, stats, and GMAT stuff. I'm obsessed!!!!!

Thanks all,

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New post 28 May 2011, 22:20
Actually, your undergrad isn't as bad as you think it is, especially the fact that it trends upward. I wouldn't worry too much about it. However, at this point, give it your best on the GMAT. A 640 will most likely be a bit below average to most (if not all) of the schools you listed. If you were to couple a below average GMAT and a below average GPA, that's going to be a bit harder for you. But in terms of other things, I think you have a fairly good amount of materials that you can put in to your application. Your work experience is good and you're not the "cookie-cutter" applicants that adcoms have seen. I say you have a fairly good shot if you can get a fairly decent GMAT score (aim for 670 and that should put the ease on the schools' adcoms).

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New post 29 May 2011, 15:51
Hi Patrick,

I agree with the GMAT comments above. If you are able to improve your GMAT score, it will help ease an admissions team's concern about your quantitative skills.

With regards to your undergraduate record, here is a case profile that I hope is of help. It's of a former client with a sub 3.0 GPA who was accepted into both Chicago Booth and Columbia. ... ies/case5/


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