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TFA Transitioning to Consulting; Thanks for Your Help!

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mbaMission,

First off, thanks so much for doing this! I've completed my profile and wanted an assessment of what schools I might fit in.

Education: 2.9 GPA at Ivy undergrad while an athlete and triple majoring. I was also a chemistry major for 2 years and this killed my GPA. I realize this is very low, so I've taken 3 advanced math courses online and have received an "A-" or an "A" in all of them.

GMAT: 750 (50Q/42V)

Work Experience: Started in I-Banking but moved to TFA. Promoted at TFA and achieved highest results with students at school. Also started a mentoring program for students that changed culture and created a data analytics program for teachers that increased student achievement by 21% on state standardized test. After TFA I joined one of top schools in my state and have continued to push my students to achieve highly. I've also been selected to a number of leadership roles at my current school, including a committee that reviews the district budget.

LOR: One strong and one very strong from current supervisors. However, their enthusiasm for me probably needs to be tempered with the fact that they have never written a business school LOR before.

Extra Curriculars: Heavily involved with education non-profit. Also a mentor with a refugee non-profit. Division 1 athlete as an undergrad. I interview prospective undergrads for my alma matter for admissions (last 3 years). I also am a part of a nationally ranked competitive trivia team (It sounds ridiculous, I know. But it is a thing!).

Demographics: 27 year old white male.

Post MBA Goals: Transition to consulting with EdTech as a backup option.

Stretch Schools: Tuck, Yale SOM, Kellogg, CBS, Sloan, Wharton

Target Schools: Ross, Fuqua

Safety Schools: McCombs, Tepper, Cornell

I'm just trying to get an idea of what my chances are at these schools or where I should apply. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Hi AnthonyV! Thanks for reaching out.

I think overall you've got a strong profile. The GPA is the only challenge, but you've done exactly what I would have advised -- get a high GMAT and take some supplemental quant courses. Those things should help a lot. Also plan to write an Optional Essay about the context of your major choice and athletics.

Your professional experience is really strong. TFA is a well respected organization, and I like that you have recent leadership at your current school, and a good mix of soft skills and hard skills (mentoring and data analysis). Make sure there's a connection from your experience to your future goals, especially since you already made a major switch from banking to teaching. For instance, you could write about more specifics to your consulting goal, like to work with non profits or with an education focused practice at a big firm.

Extracurriculars sound great! And now I'm curious how one gets to be on a nationally ranked trivia team- sounds fun!

I really like schools like Ross, Kellogg, Fuqua for you -- the hands on nature and general management focus of their curriculum would be great for consulting, and I think they will really value your community impact too. Wharton / CBS / Sloan could be tough given your GPA, so maybe just focus on one or two of those that is a great fit personally? I am a bit worried about the number of schools on your list, that's a lot!

Best of luck!
Kate

AnthonyV wrote:
mbaMission,

First off, thanks so much for doing this! I've completed my profile and wanted an assessment of what schools I might fit in.

Education: 2.9 GPA at Ivy undergrad while an athlete and triple majoring. I was also a chemistry major for 2 years and this killed my GPA. I realize this is very low, so I've taken 3 advanced math courses online and have received an "A-" or an "A" in all of them.

GMAT: 750 (50Q/42V)

Work Experience: Started in I-Banking but moved to TFA. Promoted at TFA and achieved highest results with students at school. Also started a mentoring program for students that changed culture and created a data analytics program for teachers that increased student achievement by 21% on state standardized test. After TFA I joined one of top schools in my state and have continued to push my students to achieve highly. I've also been selected to a number of leadership roles at my current school, including a committee that reviews the district budget.

LOR: One strong and one very strong from current supervisors. However, their enthusiasm for me probably needs to be tempered with the fact that they have never written a business school LOR before.

Extra Curriculars: Heavily involved with education non-profit. Also a mentor with a refugee non-profit. Division 1 athlete as an undergrad. I interview prospective undergrads for my alma matter for admissions (last 3 years). I also am a part of a nationally ranked competitive trivia team (It sounds ridiculous, I know. But it is a thing!).

Demographics: 27 year old white male.

Post MBA Goals: Transition to consulting with EdTech as a backup option.

Stretch Schools: Tuck, Yale SOM, Kellogg, CBS, Sloan, Wharton

Target Schools: Ross, Fuqua

Safety Schools: McCombs, Tepper, Cornell

I'm just trying to get an idea of what my chances are at these schools or where I should apply. Any help would be much appreciated!

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New post 16 Oct 2017, 17:45
Kate,

Thanks for the quick response! Do you see Tuck, Kellogg, and Yale SOM as reaches? I think that they are because of my GPA, while Ross and Fuqua are a little more accessible. I'm trying to figure out my plan of attack for applying.

Thanks again!

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Yes, I would categorize those as reaches. The GPA worries me more at schools at that level. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply to schools at that level, I think you should have a range of schools. Narrowing your school list will make it easier to research/network with your target schools and tailor your essays appropriately.

AnthonyV wrote:
Kate,

Thanks for the quick response! Do you see Tuck, Kellogg, and Yale SOM as reaches? I think that they are because of my GPA, while Ross and Fuqua are a little more accessible. I'm trying to figure out my plan of attack for applying.

Thanks again!

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mbaMission

Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insiders Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
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