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December 1, 2023 7:31pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Dartmouth / Tuck, Emory / Goizueta, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Education & Non Profits
Post-MBA Target Industry: Non Profit/SI
GRE: 305
GPA: 3.4
Years of Work Experience: 7

I went to a well known private women’s college for undergrad and also have a master’s in public policy from an Ivy with a 3.7 GPA. My GRE is low I know that…but I previously applied to all the top policy programs and got into all with scholarship $$. I simply didn’t have time to retake, quite frankly I work in education so I don’t have money to spend on test prep and figured I’d try my luck with that sh*t old score again. I was a humanities major in undergrad but my masters degree required me to take stats and Econ classes which I hope will supplement my very subpar GRE.

I am a pretty non-traditional applicant. My background is in education and non-profit work, I currently serve in a leadership capacity and oversee a team that directly impacts hundreds of educators and thousands of students across the country. I am first-generation (in all aspects), a black woman. I applied through the Consortium and just received a membership admittance and am waiting to hear back from member schools. My hope is to transition into DEI talent work in education and in my apps leaned into the personal aspects of how this work affects me as a diverse candidate who works in education leadership. I tried to highlight how what sets me a part from a more traditional applicant can be strengths in a business school community, and why the decision to pursue another graduate degree at this point in my career will help me broaden my skill set to propel my career forward.

I also co-founded a grassroots org that supplied technology directly to students and families during remote learning pandemic times, served in elected leadership in my master’s program, have completed a rigorous policy fellowship, and have served on an elected city task force where I live and have led on some large scale successful policy campaigns at work. I have received interviews at my schools and I think they went pretty well! However, I know my gre is trash, I’ve never been a standardized test taker but I hope I have a shot. Help.