Mr. European Finance
Graduated with an upper second-class honors from a top 5 university in my home country (top 300 globally). This roughly translates to a 3.3.-3.7. My final mark puts me around a 3.5. My university awards my final GPA based on results from my senior year only. In earlier years I have poor academic performance but have extenuating circumstances to point to.
Undergrad School: Europe
Undergrad Major: Information Systems
GPA: 3.3-3.7 range - Second Class Honours
Age: 26, Ethnicity: White
Extracurriculars: LQBTQ+ networks both within organization and external | Puppy raiser & fundraiser for visually impaired | Board member of an organization representing my home country abroad
Title: Portfolio Strategist/Consultant
Industry: Banking & Finance
Company: Top Firm
Length of Employment: 4 yrs, 10 mos
Big Life Wins:
– I have been doing ample charitable work for various causes for many years. LGBTQ+ networks, a charity that helps people with disabilities for 10+ years.
– I have competed for my home country in martial arts.
– Currently work for a top finance firm and have a strong history of promotion and internal award recognition.
Post MBA Goal:
Would ideally like to develop leadership skills in a world-class institution and pivot into either private equity or VC afterward.
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So we already know what could possibly hold you back from an acceptance at three of the top MBA programs in the world: Wharton, MIT Sloan, and Columbia. You say it yourself: In your earlier undergraduate years, you note your “poor academic performance.”
Frankly, I do not believe this will lock you out of all the target schools you have chosen. For one thing, you make clear that your lower grades were due to “extenuating circumstances.” You do need to make that explicit and clear in your application materials.
This is particularly true because you clearly did better in your senior year, posting the equivalent of a 3.5. And whatever the overall GPA is, you have nicely offset any concerns about your academic abilities by bringing …