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Mr. Low GPA Urban Farmer

About Me:

6+ yrs of exp. in marketing agencies in India with 4+ yrs of management exp. Current responsibilities include client servicing, portfolio management (USD 1 Million +; Fortune 500 clients), team management, project management. A lot of solution creation, leading teams, & constant decision making. Y-o-Y promotion.


Undergrad School: Top 10 Undergrad Business Course in India

Undergrad Major: Business Management/Marketing

GPA: 2.79/4.0

GMAT: 660

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Started and ran a hydroponics community farm that provides the community with fresh vegetables, Quiz/Trivia Club Member at University, represented the uni and won in national competitions, Collect Audio Tech, have a collection of 22 devices - The oldest audio gadget I have is a Walkman from 1988.

Work History:

Title: Account Manager

Industry: Marketing

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Senior Account Manager

Industry: Marketing

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 7 mos

Big Life Wins:

On-boarded a fortune 500 account. Developed a knowledge-sharing program for the company employees. Got selected to attend a company-sponsored 5 member, 3 months long, mentoring/skill-dev/leadership program, led by MD of a large Indian business.

Post MBA Goal:

Moving into strategy consultancy. My career involves solution creation, project management, and client servicing, skills that are transferable to a consultancy role. Projects I work on are tactical, helping implement national/global strategy. I want to move towards building more strategic solutions while being in a client-facing role.


Target School: Duke Fuqua

Status: Open

Considering: Tepper, Emory Goizueta, Scheller College of Business


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 8%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Low GPA Urban Farmer,
    I’m fascinated by your hydroponics community farm! This is Debbie Choy from mbaMission. I think your profile is a strong fit for Fuqua, which values candidates with diverse interests (eg. audio collection, trivia national competitions). That said, I agree with Susan that your low GPA and GMAT score is a concern. If you’re not able to boost your GMAT score, you may want to consider taking some external Quant courses to show AdCom your Quant chops, and get MBA-ready. Further, as you put together your apps, be sure to explain why you’re interested in pivoting into consulting. How will consulting help you achieve your long-term goals. Importantly, how will a Fuqua MBA help you get to your long-term dreams? …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Mr. Low GPA Urban Farmer – Thanks for posting your profile! Susan here from Stratus. I spent ~10 years reviewing applications at Duke Fuqua – about half of it specifically focused on Indian applicants.

    While your background seems very interesting and you clearly have achieved some wins through work, the combination of a sub 3.0 GPA and a sub 700 GMAT put you at a significant disadvantage in the very competitive Indian subpool at Fuqua. You need to get your GMAT up to 730+ to get some looks.

    Also, take the time to really think about the impact that you want to make. TONS of Indian candidates list their short-term goal as consulting. Give it some more thought. Perhaps your goals could align more closely with the …

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