Hi, I'd appreciate it if you could give me a sense of whether I'd have a good chance at top tier schools (including London).
Background: Chinese born Australian
GMAT: 680 (40 Verbal, 43 Quant. I scored high 40s in practice quants but panicked in the exam. Will do it again with the benefit of experience and I expect to at least hit 700).
Undergrad: Marketing/Finance double major. GPA-wise, not sure what the conversion is but perhaps around 3.1, based on a crude online estimation.
* Scholarship student at university, which included three different six month full-time marketing internships with well known MNCs. This contributed to my average overall GPA (I focused on marketing and let finance slide somewhat)
* Participated in numerous extracurriculars at university, including a summer semester at a Global Leadership Program in Eastern Europe (do these matter? Uni was a long time ago)
* Four years with an oil and gas major, which included several marketing roles as well as M&A project manager for an acquisition of a competitor business.
* Recently spent three months as a volunteer consultant in a third world country, where I developed a marketing strategy for a local business trade organisation and also worked alongside a local woman setting up an NGO for female handicraft producers.
Apart from this, my community involvement during my work life has been rather non-existent (not much work/life balance).
I read some of the other profiles and feel like I should go climb Everest before I can even think about competing for a place at a top tier school. Should I lower my expectations? Thanks.