I'm a senior at a Top 10 Engineering School studying Computer Science, and I'm wondering about my chances for 2+2 MBA programs or for traditional full time MBAs 2-3 years from now.
Signed a full time job offer with a 'sexy' mid-sized Silicon Valley company for an Associate Product Manager role (think Dropbox or Asana level, not as big as FANG but not tiny). I haven't started working there yet, but will begin in the fall. I'll likely be here for at least 2 years.
Spent 6 months as a Product Manager at a recently successful tech IPO company by taking a semester off
Founder and leader of my own startup-focused consulting firm that employs diverse talent from all over school and completes real projects for real VCs and companies in town. We're 30 people strong, 50% female, and have helped place freshman at places like PwC and Deloitte, while building partnerships with Top 10 VC Funds.
Interned as an analyst at one of the best performing VCs in town before that.
Interned as a software engineer a Fortune 10 company two years ago
Interned at a half dozen startups before that, in every role from product to marketing to engineering. Some got acquired for 8 figures, others failed and went to 0, but I just wanted to learn about what it takes to build a company from the ground up.
I mentor student founders at our school's startup accelerator.
I'm a partner at a student-focused VC fund (size: mid 7-figures), where I meet with founders and deploy capital to help them grow their companies.
I was the head of one of our campus's biggest recruiting fairs
Undergrad school/major: Top 10 Engineering School / Computer Science
Other education/coursework: I took 2 Intro Econ courses and 3 business courses for fun that didn't count towards my major, and got straight A's in all of them. I might also do HBX Core for fun, I've heard it's a load of fun material.
Race/nationality: Asian American
GMAT Score: 740 (still practicing)
Undergrad GPA: 3.2 (My school has grade deflation, and the average GPA is around a 2.8)
Goal of MBA: I've built many hard skills in my career and at school, but one thing I learned the hard way was that networking and having an ability to connect with people is what makes my job truly fulfilling. VC taught me how to talk to founders respectfully, and product management taught me empathy and knowing that every role and every person brings something to the table. To be honest, I don't have very specific goals in my career -- I've always bounced from an opportunity to the next, whenever something seemed like I'd learn something new and it was related to tech in some way. My freshman and sophomore years, I felt sad at the state of my campus's entrepreneurship, so I started learning about consulting, strategy, and VC to start my own firm and become a partner at a fund to bring a confidence and ethos around building lasting businesses to undergrads around me. I want to bolster my "learn anything, talk to anyone, and do anything" skills. I want to get an MBA to understand people, their needs, and how I can fulfill some of those needs a little bit better. I'm sorry if this is incredibly vague -- do let me know how I can improve my "why?" story.
Target schools: Harvard 2+2, Stanford 2+2, Yale Silver Scholars. For full-time MBA in a couple years, I'd love to go to a top 10 program, but who knows if that's realistic for me.
My GPA is clearly unimpressive, and I take full responsibility for a) the poor decisions I made freshman year and b) the tradeoffs I've made to grow other parts of my career and my passions. I'm wondering if the rest of my profile makes up for the lack of strong numbers though. I can keep grinding away at the GMAT to get closer and closer to 780, but currently this is where I'm at based on practice tests.