GMAT Prep| A Scary Starting Point

So I took the GMAT practice test.

Scored at 510. Yikes.

Luckily I have about a year to bring my score up. I won’t study for a year as that has been shown not to be the most effective strategy. Instead I will study for 2 months and then take it in December. Depending on how I do (Im guessing I can’t improve more than 120 points in one sitting) I will do another intense round of studying and take the GMAT again in March. My goal is a 710/720 to make sure I am competitive for top schools. I will document my study sessions and note techniques that I find really work.

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Breaking Down My Chances (stats)

I will be slightly open and fully honest about my chances of getting into a top MBA Program.

First, here are my dream schools.

HBS

MIT

GSM (Stanford)

I have a more extensive list but it is not solidified yet. I plan on applying to these three schools no matter what people tell me. First, I rather no for sure that I took the chance. Second, these three school offer the most comprehensive and diverse MBA programs. Some other schools are still rigid in the way the gear their program to the finance sector. While I 100% want to make sure I have firm foundation in business, I also want to make sure I have opportunities to apply my learning to my intended field.

Now for the stats:

GPA: Below 3.5 (ouch)

GMAT: no yet taken

Work History: All non-profit. Worked at a top NYC hospital, then moved abroad to work for a small NGO in Latin America.

Goals: A career in social enterprise, enterprise management, corporate social responsibility

Ethnicity/Gender: Black Female (I promise you this doesn’t get you as much points as people think)

First Steps: I’ve made a pretty intense study plan so that I can take the GMAT in December. I know I will probably have to take it more than once which is okay. I plan to study to get the highest score possible, take a break for a month or so, and then return to intense studying. I think that way the skills and experience and build upon themselves. I plan to study for no longer than 3 months straight. My goal GMAT score is 720

 

I’ve decided to apply to Business School (MBA)

This may be one of the scariest things I have ever done. I am also someone who analyzes chance. I compare myself to others. I went to a top boarding school (which could be the source of all my academic insecurities lol) and then a top college. Life after that has been rough but no one tells you that adult hood will hit you in the face. They make it sound like a transition process. NOPE NOPE NOPE. I’m still alive so obviously I’m doing things half right.

I was once in love with international relations and I still am, but don’t see my career progressing the way I wanted it to. I tried to make all the right moves. I want to build on my career with a strong degree, and hopefully move into a space that combines business goals with my international development/public health interest. It took a lot of pondering and twist and turns to get to this point but I like to think that the extra time will work in my favor. I am more clear, more aware the the decisions I need to make and where I am going.

No begins the task of throwing my hat into the ring with people who have been working at GS, JPMorgan, and all the amazing firms across the country. At this point I feel I have nothing going in my favor but optimism.

Lets see how this goes.

PS. If I dont get in and all crashes and burns, I will leave this blog here as a artifact of human ambition. If it succeeds I will transfer all post to my person blog and display to the world my miracle work and the journey it took to find ultimate success at a top business school.