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Profile Eval Request - 710 GMAT, 3.75 GPA

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Post Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:56 am
Hi,

I would love some input on my chances for top 10 schools - I'm looking at Columbia, NYU, Booth, Harvard, Wharton and a few others. Thanks!

GMAT: 710 - Q48/V40
GPA: 3.75 from Ivy (English Literature)
Grad. 2010, 6 years experience
Experience:
2 years at a law firm
1 year in strategy at an unknown Real Estate investment firm, and
Last 3 years - COO small (15 person) eCommerce retailer, which I sold last month

Re: GMAT - Oddly I performed worse on Verbal than I ever had in practice tests, let alone the degree in English. By far my worst verbal performance. I won a few awards including one for my thesis and graduated w/ honors in English Literature. Not sure how that plays with my GPA.

Re: work experience - I was originally interested in a JD/MBA track, which is why I took the job at the law firm. I decided against law and went to work for a Real Estate company, which was a client of the law firm. I was able to walk away with investments that I currently manage, which is great, but I would understand the question mark as far as trajectory. An opportunity arose to revive my ailing family business, and I jumped at the chance. I took over a failing eComm. business, managed to turn it around, and sold it last month.

I'm 100% committed to starting my next business either in b-school or directly after. I expect it to be in the eComm. space, probably retail, CPG, technology, or logistics.

I realize the GMAT score is sub-optimal, but I have no time to re-test and I am coming from having run my own small business, which puts me in an under-represented group, does it not?

Questions:
1. Where do I stand for the schools mentioned?
2. Any input on my narrative? I'm a bit concerned the lack of clear trajectory will work against me and how to handle it.


Thanks!

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Hi CriticalSquareMBA,

Thank you very much for your response. I appreciate the insight. Very helpful!

Re: post-MBA goals - I agree that focusing on something concrete - what I'm passionate about - is going to be more effective than generalizing about being an entrepreneur. I didn't see it before, but I will definitely factor this into my essays. I'll also be sure to elaborate on the scope and scale of the business, and contextualize it in my career path.

Thanks!

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