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TFA Transitioning to Consulting; Thanks for Your Help!

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New post 16 Oct 2017, 09:39
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 18 Oct 2017, 05:51
AnthonyV wrote:
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.
THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD MOVE TO GET A SECONDARY TRANSCRIPT GOING. MIGHT CONSIDER DOING HBX CORE AS WELL. THIS HAS HELPED MY LOWER GPA CLIENTS.

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. THIS SOUNDS VERY SOLID. LOVE THAT YOU ESTABLISHED DATA ANALYTICS PROGRAM - SHOWS HOW YOU MIGHT LEVERAGE MBA FOR A HIGHER SOCIAL PURPOSE WHICH THEY LOVE.

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. IF YOU WORK WITH A COACH AND THEY ARE COACHABLE NOT A HUGE BARRIER. MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IS THAT THEY ARE ENTHUSIASTIC TO HELP, OPEN TO WORKING OPENLY. ALSO, WILLING TO GIVE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES TO SUPPORT CLAIMS

Extra Curriculars: Heavily involved with education non-profit. Also a mentor with a refugee non-profit. I LIKE THIS. YOU NEED DIVERSITY POINTS AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE. 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!). FUN DIFFERENTIATOR

Demographics: 27 year old white male.

Post MBA Goals: Transition to consulting with EdTech as a backup option. DEFINITELY GO IN WITH A CLEAR GOAL - ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS NOT A GREAT BACK UP IDEA - WORK WITH A CONSULTANT ON YOUR NARRATIVE/POSITIONING

Stretch Schools: Tuck, Yale SOM, Kellogg, CBS, Sloan, Wharton - THIS SOUNDS REASONABLE BUT THE 2.9 WILL BE A STICKING POINT FOR SOME SCHOOLS. REALLY HARD TO PREDICT HOW THEY WILL RESPOND IN LIGHT OF THE REST OF YOUR PROFILE BEING SO STRONG.

Target Schools: Ross, Fuqua - MIGHT CONSIDER UVA - STRONG IN CONSULTING AND INCREASINGLY TECH. AND IM PREDICTING THEY MIGHT HAVE LOWER APP VOLUMES THIS YEAR MIGHT BE AN OPPORTUNITY.

Safety Schools: McCombs- EDTECH GOAL, Tepper, Cornell - CONSULTING GOAL

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!


Hello - solid stuff - this is a lot of apps but I understand while you would want to, given you are unsure about response to GPA. Where I should apply?
Well online I think JK - I imagine you mean which schools.
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New post 26 Oct 2017, 13:14
AnthonyV wrote:
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.
I think you have handled the 2.9 in the best way- clearly you are smart- and getting the A's in advanced math is a great strategy and also the 750 GMAT should put all worries to rest.
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. I see lots to love here- some traditional work experience, leadership and great results in teaching- which is a difficult job- especially early on.

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. That's OK- as long as they know YOU and your RESULTS it will be fine- you should sign up for our webinar that is next week on how to get the best recommendations: link to register is here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/regist ... 1419706882

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!).LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

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 Kellogg and Tuck are my gut feelings on where you may present best from this list- but what you want to look for are programs where consulting firms come with backhoes to load up consulting hires- not dessert forks... and from this article https://poetsandquants.com/2017/04/10/d ... r-schools/ you can see that MIT, Kellogg, LBS, Ross, Fuqua, Booth and Tuck score very highly here- so I'd start here- then I would do some research to see where you "fit" and narrow that down to about 4 that you apply to.


Target Schools: Ross, Fuqua
Next- I would add a few safety schools for 2 reasons- 1) to make sure you have options 2) because you may in fact get some scholarship offers with that whopper GMAT- in spite of the gpa. So I would add some programs like Emory and UNC Kenan-Flagler to the mix just to see if you can get some funding options- because if you are a scholarship/fellow student at the school- you will get the best goodies the school has to offer and you may be the one or two from there that get to McKinsey anyway- so don't discount that track and it is worth a shot to diversify in case you don't get into one of your dream programs.
Safety Schools: McCombs, Tepper, Cornell
First of all, I LOVE your profile and would really enjoy helping you as I think you can do very well in this process-
so if you are looking for a consultant- reach out to me for a free consult via this link: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/

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!
Seriously, I do think I can help you and it would be fun- I really like your profile and what you have done and I think if you submit strong applications you can do very well in this process! And our Stratus team has great experience working with candidates applying to all these schools!
For some tips on essays at some of your stretches- review this:
https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... mba-essay/
http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2017/07/ ... -and-donts
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