Help with College & Grad School Applications/Low Undergrad GPA, Excellent Work Experience
I graduated from a public Ivy last year with a 2.3. I attribute my low GPA to working a crazy job to support myself in addition to some medical issues. Despite this, upon graduation I landed an awesome job with a Fortune 500 company, and on top of that I was interviewed and selected for a special internal initiative that allows me to work side by side with firm Partners and VPs every day. I am getting some great experience, and I really do think I want to go back to school in a few years for a Masters in International Affairs. Obviously, I'm concerned about my undergrad GPA. I was an International Relations major, and I did alright in my major. What tripped me up were some of the econ prerequisites that I had to take, but I consistently wrote A/B papers. I just wasn't a math person. Also, through my firm, I am eligible for a certificate program through a well known university Intelligence and National Security policy.
My question is: With great work experience, letters of rec from firm leadership, doing well on GREs and in this certificate program, do you think I may be able to overcome my low undergrad GPA? Especially since I don't plan on going back until 2016 at the earliest? I hoping to amass as much experience as possible and give myself plenty of time to ace the GRE. Thanks!
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