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September 20, 2023 1:22pm ET
Applying: Georgetown / McDonough
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Marketing Analytics
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Technology, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship Companies: Bain , BCG , Deloitte , Ernst & Young , McKinsey , Apple , Facebook , Google , Microsoft , Tesla , Andressen Horowitz , Sequoia Capital
GPA: 2.9
Years of Work Experience: 3
Location: Washington, DC
Post MBA Location: Mid-atlantic, North East

Hi Alex and Graham!

I've been listening to your podcast weekly for a few months and the profiles and webinars have been so helpful!

I am only applying to Georgetown McDonough because I am geographically restricted to DC for the next couple of years. I have attended their online events, spoken with admissions representatives, met alumni and toured the campus. I am applying in the second round.

I am from a top 10 public university with double majors in Economics and Statistics. The quant classes were very challenging so my GPA was very low. There was not a positive trend in my grades over the years. I am aiming for a 700 on the GMAT.

My background is in the marketing analytics and advertising measurement industry. Job duties include working with data, client engagement, project management, requirements gathering and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders. I’ve worked with Pharmaceuticals marketing clients. I want to get into technology and data Strategy Consulting post-grad. Long term goal is to break in to the tech startup scene. I want to pursue an MBA to gain the credibility to hold senior leadership positions. Also would help for network building.

My most recent job and team were affected by a corporate reorganization so I have been unemployed for 2 months now. Additionally, I took a year off of undergrad after freshman year to address mental health issues. One more gap in my profile would be that I was unemployed from May 2020- January 2021 due to a crappy job market during the start of the pandemic.

In my free time I like to work out, play in soccer leagues (I am the team captain), hang out with friends, cook new things, explore the city, read about current events and business/tech news. I am involved with my undergraduate career center and mentor current students.

To summarize, I am seeking advice on:
—Demonstrating that a school is my one and only
—Very low GPA
—Undergraduate year off
—Addressing a layoff and period of unemployment?

Thank you so much!