Hi folks - I've been active on here for quite some time and thought I'd give back by sharing a bit of my background and providing some advice for those of us on the 'second chance' track.
I left my first degree (top 50 undergrad) with a sub 2.0 GPA after 2 years (family issues and frankly, maturity issues). Subsequently, I re-enrolled full time at a very low ranked state college while working full time in the hotel industry. After graduation, I tried to become a management consultant, but my profile clearly didn't fit the bill (one top firm sent me a response stating that I didn't have the required skills and asking me not to contact them in the future).
After another year in hospitality as an overnight then daytime manager on duty, I transitioned to a top 10 pwm firm in a Northeast office. I spent a few years with my head down learning the ropes, then took three promotions in a year including a move to help support a new region of the business, finished the CFA and CFP and was offered a promotion to found another new region as the first portfolio manager in the office (which I turned down for business school). App'd to H/S/W/Booth, was deferred to round 2 at HBS and accepted at Booth. I enrolled at Booth.
I was offered interviews at every major consulting firm over OCR on campus (including final rounds at that firm who asked me to never contact them again after UG - no, I won't say who they were), interned in a role consulting to my old industry and ultimately landed at a top T2 shop (think/OW/Parthenon/ATK/Strategy&/LEK). I start this fall.
Each step of my career post-undergrad was crafted in honing a resume that would give me a second shot at consulting through b-school. Happy to answer questions on b-school, Booth, GMAT (I tutored for Veritas during school), the accelerated career progression and how I pulled it off, etc.