Is this possible? In about two to three years I'll be applying to B School. I realize coming from a non-target, preparation begins now and I want to be at the forefront of becoming a competitive applicant for target schools. Interested in PE (think) or what I'm doing now, the (think ) side of things upon graduation.
Undergrad in Finance from non-target (3.92 / 4.00)
Analyst internship at Student Managed Investment Fund
Analyst internship to Full-Time analyst position at a well known, large pension fund in private markets (three months in)
CFA L1 complete during undergrad, L2 in June. Expect to complete CFA before applying
Practice GMAT at 710
Generally, I'm thinking of M7 schools, some top 15 on the list, but am curious to hear what everything thinks. Will high GPA / GMAT offset a non-target? What sort of volunteer/professional experience could I use to bolster my credentials (and would this even offset my resume / non-target) and tell a good story while I still have time? Would consider moving from current position to new firm in a year or so.
I was also the President of a national finance organization student chapter focused on minorities in business (I should mention I'm Hispanic) - considering attending its professional meetings in the area to show a complete story and long-term dedication. Would this be viewed more so as professional or volunteer experience considering there are volunteer events with the org?
Thanks in advance for your insights.