I am writing in hopes of getting some much needed advice. I am at my wits end and really hope you guys can provide some advice.I am currently in the process of identifying where I will attend for my undergraduate studies.
-Identified as dyslexic at 8. Effected reading and writing/spelling making school "interesting".
- Grades were not very good in high school, very difficult time period. Was homeless twice and dropped out for a brief period to care for my father. With all the distractions I barely graduated.
-Returned to finish school instead of taking the easy way out and obtaining a GED. Left for the military.
- Served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where I sustained combat related injuries and was medically discharged in late '06.
- Found employment in the oil/gas industry as a "safety" man.
-In 3 years managed to become a "company man" or company rep in exploration/production projects ($50 million/+) for Chevron. The typical tenure of a company man is 20+ years before obtaining this position to give a bit more understanding on what I achieved. Have worked all over the world.
- Currently 29, looking to start next fall.
With my G.I. Bill I can attend any Public institution, but feel that I owe it to myself to obtain the best education possible. I have been able to save a substantial amount to cover the extra cost to attend a Private institution. I am sure, due to my grades, that I will have to attend a community college. Which I am fine with, but worry this is just going to put me at a further disadvantage. My motivation is not money, but I actually enjoy finance and equity analysis.
So I guess the long and short of it is: with my background where do you guys feel I would have the best opportunity to obtain a quality education and have honest exposure to IB's ,etc? I am looking at Columbia University General Studies, NYU Stern, UT of Austin McCombs, U of M Ross, UVa, and Northwestern. I have no doubt that I have the ability and work ethic to succeed at these institutions, but worry how much my poor showing during my high school years will be what prevents me from this. Any recommendations, no matter how honest or broad are welcomed.