Advice for strengthening my top MBA chances
Hello everyone. I would like to get into a good MBA program (who wouldn’t) and I was looking for some advice on how to strengthen my chances.
There is a shorter summary at the bottom in case you want to skip all of this!
I am currently a junior majoring in Mathematics and Finance with a minor in Spanish. I have a 4.0 GPA so far (I’m almost through with my math major but still have quite a few finance classes). I will probably graduate with a 4.0 or something close since the hardest of my math classes are over. I love to learn and pretty much everything I have been presented with comes to me naturally. The only problem is that I go to a relatively unknown state university. It’s a legitimate university and it certainly isn’t easy, but outside of the tristate area, I doubt many people have heard of my school. I mostly came here because I got it all paid for and since my parents don’t have a lot of extra money, they encouraged me to go here also. I am starting to regret not going to a better school, but there is not much I can do about that now, so I am just moving forward.
As far as the GMAT is concerned, I have always excelled on standardized test (34 composite on the ACT with a 36 on the math section and a 35 in reading/English) and I plan to put in the necessary work to do well on that. I’m not taking it lightly, but it isn’t a major concern for me compared to other areas.
As far as leadership and school involvement go, I tend to be pretty involved. I am in the Honors program as well as a math and finance honor society. I have been nominated for student of the year in the College of Engineering and Science (math is in that college). I hold a leadership position in our school’s investment club as we are starting a student managed investment fund. Once that is started, I will be one of the leaders or managers for that. I am also active in doing community service, both through religious avenues and non-religious avenues. I also hold a leadership position in the Financial Management Association.
Also, throughout college, I have consistently held a job. In fact, I have consistently held a job since I turned 16. These jobs haven’t been directly related to business (food service, veterinarian’s office, farm hand, library, customer support), but I have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout college and high school while working and being involved.
I also have good communication skills and most people that meet me like me. I usually interview well.
Once I graduate, I plan to work for three years or so before I apply to an MBA program. What sort of job should I be looking for? I’m hoping to work for a local bank or something to do with investments.
To summarize: 4.0 GPA in Mathematics and Finance, minor in Spanish from an unknown school; probably do pretty well on the GMAT; good community service, school club involvement, and good leadership; no idea what sort of job I need to get after college. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!