Ms. Low GPA Leader

About Me:

Started at a Big4 consulting company earning 2 promotions along the way in 3.5 years. Switched to B2B PM role at a tech company (healthcare) as it was more aligned to my career aspirations. Currently defining a new product on track to secure 2-3 F500 customers in the next 6 months. Canadian candidate.


Undergrad School: University of Toronto

Undergrad Major: Electrical Engineering

GPA: 2.9

GMAT: 720

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Professional PM certification

Extracurriculars: Alumni mentor for 4+ years, Career mentor for women at a local women’s empowerment NGO for 3 years, Pro-Bono consultant for NGOs in US, Europe and Africa

Work History:

Title: Product Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Senior Consultant

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Undergrad: Earned a couple of prestigious leadership awards for extracurricular, founded a student club, secured internship at a F500 tech company and a Teaching role. Personal: Overcame health issues (physical + mental). Work: Stepped into lead’s role when he left which earned me early promotions and sent me down the Product Manager route.

Post MBA Goal:

Back to PM career but with the goal of advancing in the corporate ladder to become a VP faster and eventually going the entrepreneurial route to start a social venture aimed at improving the state of women in low-income communities.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Wharton


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Ms. Low GPA Leader,
    Congrats on your early promotions! This is Debbie Choy from mbaMission and GSB alum. I like that you’ve done well in your career with accelerated promotions and stepping into a PM role. I also think your active community engagement through mentoring and volunteering with NGOs will resonate well with Stanford. You also showed good leadership during college. That said, I agree with Jennifer that your academics could be a concern. If there were any circumstances that affected your GPA, do consider sharing them in the optional essay. Also, given your GPA, I also think a stronger GMAT score would help. If at all possible, consider retaking the GMAT to see if you can boost it up a shade. The good news …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. You have some wonderful experience under your belt in consulting and PM that will help offset that lower GPA. Your solid GMAT also will help. GSB is so competitive for everyone and you’ll have a heavy lift overcoming that GPA. But I think Stanford will love the mentoring you’ve done in your career and life over the years, and it’s great to see that your LT goal is tied to improving women’s lives in low-income communities. They want to see big, bold ideas on how you’ll change the world and you need to show Stanford will help you, so offer a bit of detail on that longer-term goal. Also for your ST goal be sure to explain …

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