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Student Spotlight — Charlotte Baxter: Real Estate Developer, Triathlete, and Harry Potter Fan

Posted in Student Resources on March 22, 2011 by

This installment of our Student Spotlight series features Charlotte Baxter, a former Knewton GMAT student who decided to go back to business school after graduating from Dartmouth College (Class of 2002) and spending 5 years as a real estate developer. Charlotte scored an awesome 700 on the GMAT, and just submitted b-school apps. Charlotte, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for you!


Charlotte Baxter


Jupiter/Palm Beach, FL

Current job?

I have been a real estate developer of hotels for 5 years, obtaining entitlements in high barrier to entry markets around the country including Washington, DC; Long Island; Los Angeles; Silicon Valley; and Seattle.

Why do you want to get an MBA?

I believe an MBA will give me the comprehensive management skills I need to run my own company.

What’s your dream job after b-school?

Executive at Google or someplace awesome with that “Silicon Valley” mentality (to me, this means greater respect for women, opportunity to be a positive contributor, hopefully less of the egos and crazy office politics)

Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?

I had never thought of taking the GMAT until I signed up for a Knewton class around July 4, 2010, which was around the time I decided to give b-school apps a try. During the duration of the class, I made sure to participate in all classroom sessions and do all the assignments for each. Once class was over, I worked through all the supplemental problems for each assignment and bought some books and did problems in those.

I was lucky because I never scored anything less than a 95 percentile on any practice or real GMAT in the verbal section, so I focused exclusively on Quant. Outside of Knewton, I found the most helpful book to be the GMAT Quant for an 800 score by (I believe) Kaplan. I travel every week for work and am an avid runner and triathlete and in general don’t feel like I studied nearly as much as many people do, but that said, I certainly put in a ton of time.  I made some flashcards that also really helped.

Even the day of the exam, I still felt really unprepared for the Quant, but somehow I managed to score a 700 (albeit with a much lower quant than verbal score). So my advice is, if you have put in the work and are a smart person, even if you don’t feel confident, relax and you’ll probably do better than you think!

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

I really loved Adam Sticklor. Funny and engaging but also took a personal interest in making sure I was grasping the material.

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

Whatever it takes to get me through my next marathon!

Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

OMG Sentence Correction, are you kidding me? I did about twice as well on verbal as quant!!!

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?


Harry Potter or Twilight?

It is embarrassing to me that Twilight is even being compared to the amazing Harry Potter!