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Going to re-apply to Kellogg Evening/Weekend Part Time MBA

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mahinfislam Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Going to re-apply to Kellogg Evening/Weekend Part Time MBA

Post Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:10 am
Just got my ding from Kellogg yesterday for their part time/evening weekend MBA program. I suspect that my academics were too weak for them to consider me so I am going to try and do the GMAT for a fourth time to raise that. Would like to get your thoughts. Let me know if you see any other issues in my profile besides the academics.

GMAT(scores in chronological order): 640, 650, 600 (the downward trend to a 600 was probably an issue too I'm guessing)

GPA(pretty horrendous). Univ of Toronto (99-02)-1.5 GPA, Columbus State Community College (2002-2004)-3.4, The Ohio State University(2004-07)-2.79 (Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering)

Work Experience: ArcelorMittal(9 years)-4 different functional roles (Project Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Maintenance Planner, Quality Engineer)

Career Goals: Transition into sneaker industry by working in a marketing function for a sneaker manufacturer; then utilize the knowledge to start a boutique chain in the Middle East (Dubai, Doha Qatar, etc)

Extracurriculars:

Co-host of a podcast with 39,000 followers on social media (weekly show with over 50K total downloads), led podcast to also achieve 501c3 status (April 2016 to present)

President of a social justice non profit in Chicago - empowering youth to attack issues related to gun violence (Jan 2016 to present)

Previous Extracurriculars:

President of Ohio State University Muslim Student Association: 2005-06 (80 active members, average of about 300-400 attendees per event)

Staff Member of COMPASS (2009-2012): Consulting organization assisting on campus student orgs

Raised and distributed funds for Cyclone Sidr relief in Bangladesh - 2008 (made trip there and met w/ head of state)

Interests: CrossFit, Sneaker Collecting

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Post Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:32 am
Hey dude,
Good to hear from you.
So two problems with your profile I can identify:

1. Your GMAT

2. Your goals.

The GMAt you know about so no need to write more. But r.e. your goals, they seem small and a bit of a "pipe dream". I'd like to see more businesssy goals. I mean sure you love sneakers, but an MBA is not gonna help you get into sneakers. If you gave me a goal "I want to move into FMCG and become a regional manager" That's a goal I can far more easily accept.

Whatever the case, that's just an example, but I get the feeling that your application could have used a bunch of work.

Of course with your very very very low GPA getting into Kellogg PT is gonna be tough. But with the right GMAT you can give it a shot as well. But do think of other options as well.
Best,

Jon

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mahinfislam Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:02 am
John,

Thanks for the reply.

A couple of questions:

1) At what point (if ever) does my undergrad GPA become irrelevant? I will be out of school ten years this June.
2) What GMAT score range should I shoot for? Just clearing 700 I guess won't be enough? Maybe like a mid 700 score?

I'll think about what you said about the sneaker business goal. I thought that was the kind of goal they were looking for. They probably saw very little connection between my current career path and my future irrespective of my interests in sneakers.

Take care,
Mahi

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