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Mr. Travelpreneur

About Me:

Low GPA is the obvious concern for admission into any top program. I do have a story behind the GPA — including medical issues significantly impacting ability to function day to day and study. Also financially needed to work jobs through college to support myself, adding to burden of performing academically while balancing health and finances.


Undergrad School: Virginia Tech

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 2.68

GMAT: 730

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Linkous Lads (3.5 years mentoring underprivileged elementary students while in college), Habitat for Humanity -- built houses in San Juan via my company after the hurricane through Habitat Build, partnered with them in new role/new city to build playground and plant trees in low-income schools.

Work History:

Title: Account Executive

Industry: Aerospace

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Pricing Strategy

Industry: Aerospace

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 4 mos

Big Life Wins:

Organizing an event wire to wire between top brands in travel & tourism & sports/entertainment, with $50,000 budget for top clients in entertainment industry. In the first four months of a new role managing $50M portfolio, I recorded 7 company wins from initiatives resulting in over $200,000 revenue generated and promoted within six months of start date.

Post MBA Goal:

Looking to build my own startup in the travel & tourism industry that I personally believe has the potential to make an impact and sizable difference in the industry. Looking to gain the business acumen, strategies and network an MBA provides to help me succeed in entrepreneurial efforts. & Considering Tech internship opportunities in year 1.



The Experts Rate The Odds At: 37%

  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, this is JP, Senior Consultant at The MBA Exchange. Your story sounds familiar, as I’ve helped many applicants with low GPAs get into top programs over the last 10 years, and assisted professionals from the travel industry in doing the same! The key success factor in your case will be tying all your background pieces together with a clear, inspired and tangible long-term vision. It will also be important to show the schools that you’ve done your research, i.e. which specific resources (classes, alumni, activities, etc.) at a given program will help you get there. There is plenty of opportunity to shake-up the travel industry, particularly on the sustainable side. A top MBA will surely equip you to have …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! While your GPA is low, rest assured that my colleagues and I have seen otherwise strong candidates overcome this hurdle by 1. doing well on the GMAT, which you have done 2. addressing the GPA in the optional essay, explaining openly the financial and health challenges that you had to overcome in college 3. Additional coursework – perhaps you can take a quantitative course (such as Statistics) that will not only help provide the AdCom additional reassurance of your academic abilities but also, give you a nice refresher before you enter the MBA program.

    Regarding your goals: I nearly always advise candidates with entrepreneurial ambitions to think of those as long-term goals. So for your internship/post-MBA roles, think about what organizations …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Mr. Travelpreneur, this is Donna Bauman with Stratus Admissions with comments on your profile. Your 730 GMAT is a big help in lowering the impact of the 2.68 gpa. But from what you wrote, you just need to provide some context in the optional essay from some of the challenges you faced during college and I think you will be remembered for your GMAT and not gpa. I have had clients with gpas in your range get even scholarships to top programs so don’t be too hard on yourself. You have great community leadership and some excellent work in aerospace industry. I think in these uncertain days the travel tourism startup idea right out of the gates could be an issue—so you might want …

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