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February 26, 2024 2:10pm ET
Applying: Berkeley / Haas, Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Harvard Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Military
Post-MBA Target Industry: Technology Companies: Amazon , Apple , Facebook , Google , Microsoft
GRE: 320
GPA: 3.64
Years of Work Experience: 5
Post MBA Location: Bay Area
Notes:

Huge fan of the podcast – I listen every day during my commute! Thank you for all the valuable insights you share. I'd love to get your thoughts on my profile:

Background:
First-generation college student, underrepresented minority (URM).
Almost failed out of high school (2.54 GPA) due to a combination of apathy towards education and not realizing what opportunities were available to me if I actually put in a modicum of effort towards my studies.

Education:
Associate Degree in Engineering (Community College, 3.61 GPA)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Public State School, 3.64 GPA)
M.S. in Computer Science (MCIT Online, University of Pennsylvania)
Just recently accepted. Started in January

Work Experience:
5 years as a Naval Officer, Currently a Nuclear Power School Instructor.
Lead a team of instructors (20 direct reports) that is responsible for training the next generation nuclear reactor operators and outputs 900 sailors annually.

Extracurriculars & Volunteering:
Undergrad:
Engineering Student Government Senator- impacted 2000+ students through legislation.
Vice President, ChemE club
Recent:
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor (1.5 years).
Consultant for a non-profit supporting first-time entrepreneurs.

Post-MBA Goals:
Short-term: Pivot into the tech industry, ideally gaining experience in product development at a big tech company.
Long-term: Contribute to the edtech space, leveraging AR/VR to transform education.

Concerns:
GRE score: 320 (163Q/157V) after my second attempt. I'm not the greatest at standardized exams and feel like I'm approaching diminishing returns. Going to retake in a few months. Currently working through a GRE course to hopefully make some incremental gains. Open to feedback on the reasonableness of target schools with my current profile.
Additionally, I'm curious how schools would view my application considering I'm already pursuing a master's degree. I've heard that some schools may take this as a signal that I will not be fully committed to their program? My intent is to pivot into tech, and I wanted to complement the MBA with a technical foundation.

Target Schools (In Order of Preference)

Reach:
Stanford
Harvard
Wharton
Target: Kellogg (MMM or MBAi)
Safety:
Haas
Tepper

Thank you for your time and consideration!

6
February 26, 2024 2:03pm ET
Applying: Berkeley / Haas, Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Harvard Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Navy
Post-MBA Target Industry: Technology Companies: Amazon , Apple , Facebook , Google , Microsoft
GRE: 320
GPA: 3.64
Years of Work Experience: 5
Post MBA Location: Bay Area
Notes:

Alex and Graham,

Huge fan of the podcast – I listen every day during my commute! Thank you for all the valuable insights you share. I'd love to get your thoughts on my profile:

Background:
First-generation college student, underrepresented minority (URM).
Almost failed out of high school (2.54 GPA) due to a combination of apathy towards education and not realizing what opportunities were available to me if I actually put in a modicum of effort towards my studies.

Education:
Associate Degree in Engineering (Community College, 3.61 GPA)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Public State School, 3.64 GPA)
M.S. in Computer Science (MCIT Online, University of Pennsylvania)
Just recently accepted. Started in January

Work Experience:
5 years as a Naval Officer, Currently a Nuclear Power School Instructor.
Lead a team of instructors (20 direct reports) that is responsible for training the next generation nuclear reactor operators and outputs 900 sailors annually.

Extracurriculars & Volunteering:
Undergrad:
Engineering Student Government Senator- impacted 2000+ students through legislation.
Vice President, ChemE club
Recent:
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor (1.5 years).
Consultant for a non-profit supporting first-time entrepreneurs.

Post-MBA Goals:
Short-term: Pivot into the tech industry, ideally gaining experience in product development at a big tech company.
Long-term: Contribute to the edtech space, leveraging AR/VR to transform education.

Concerns:
GRE score: 320 (163Q/157V) after my second attempt. I'm not the greatest at standardized exams and feel like I'm approaching diminishing returns. Going to retake in a few months. Currently working through a GRE course to hopefully make some incremental gains. Open to feedback on the reasonableness of target schools with my current profile.
Additionally, I'm curious how schools would view my application considering I'm already pursuing a master's degree. I've heard that some schools may take this as a signal that I will not be fully committed to their program? My intent is to pivot into tech, and I wanted to complement the MBA with a technical foundation.

Target Schools (In Order of Preference)

Reach:
Stanford
Harvard
Wharton
Target: Kellogg (MMM or MBAi)
Safety:
Haas
Tepper

Thank you for your time and consideration!

5
February 26, 2024 1:04pm ET
Applying: Berkeley / Haas, ESCP, HEC Paris, IESE, INSEAD
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: I grew up in Chicago
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Entrepreneurship Companies: Bain , BCG , McKinsey
GPA: 3.7
Years of Work Experience: 6
Location: Chicago
Post MBA Location: EU or US
Notes:

Degree in Education and have worked as a teacher in various school settings over the past 5 years in Chicago, Hawaii and Dubai.
I'm thrilled to share a bit about my journey thus far. My professional trajectory has been centered around education, where I've infused sustainability into the heart of my teaching philosophy. From developing innovative curriculum modules to orchestrating immersive field trips, I've strived to cultivate authentic learning experiences that foster environmental awareness among students. I have also wrote and published a children's book on climate change.
In college I volunteered with Alternative Spring Breaks where I was a board member for 3 years and also participated in a cross country cycling trip from NYC to San Francisco as part of a cancer fundraiser with my university.

Beyond the classroom, I've ventured into entrepreneurship and have started two businesses: a Hawaiian shirt company with a women's social enterprise in India and a lemonade business operating at large scale events in the midwest one summer.

Looking ahead, I'm eager to explore opportunities within climate consulting or as a product manager at a climate tech firm.

7
February 25, 2024 6:51pm ET
Applying: Carnegie Mellon / Tepper, Columbia, Dartmouth / Tuck, Michigan / Ross, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UT Austin / McCombs
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Military
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting
GMAT: 680
GPA: 3.19
Years of Work Experience: 7

MBA Livewire

February 27, 2024 5:59am ET
Interview Invite to Yale SOM
Round: Round 1
Received via email on February 15, 2024
GPA: 3.49
GMAT: 730
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: India
Note:

Waitlisted R1, Invited to interview 15th Feb. No updates submitted, but I did write to admissions for feedback - don't know if this helped.

February 27, 2024 5:57am ET
Interview Invite to Yale SOM
Round: Round 1
Received via email on February 15, 2024
GPA: 3.49
GMAT: 729
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: India
Note:

Waitlisted R1, invited to interview on 15th Feb. Wrote to admissions team for feedback but did not submit any updates - not sure if this helped.

February 27, 2024 5:30am ET
Interview Invite to MIT Sloan
Round: Round 2
Received via email on February 23, 2024
GPA: 3.6
GMAT: 760
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Finance
Application Location: India
February 27, 2024 3:24am ET
Interview Invite to MIT Sloan
Round: Round 2
Received via email on February 23, 2024
GPA: 3.75
GRE: 325
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Non Profit / Social Impact
Application Location: South Asia
February 27, 2024 12:48am ET
Waitlisted at Harvard Business School
Round: Round 1
Received via portal on December 06, 2023
GPA: 3.9
GMAT: 750
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year

MBA DecisionWire

Chi
February 26, 2024 9:02pm ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth , Columbia
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting Companies: Bain, BCG, McKinsey
GRE: 324
Location: Europe
Cor
February 25, 2024 3:05pm ET
Enrolled: Cornell / Johnson
Admitted: Cornell / Johnson $
$TBDs
Applied: Cornell / Johnson
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Other
GPA: 5.5/6
Location: Mexico
Wha
February 23, 2024 11:16pm ET
Enrolled: UPenn / Wharton
Admitted: NYU Stern , UPenn / Wharton $
$40000
,
Yale SOM $
$50000
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Asset Management, inc. Hedge Funds
GMAT: 770
GPA: 4
JHU
February 10, 2024 12:40am ET
Enrolled: Johns Hopkins / Carey
Admitted: Emory / Goizueta , Johns Hopkins / Carey $
$30000
,
USC / Marshall
Applied: Emory / Goizueta, Johns Hopkins / Carey, USC / Marshall
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Technology, Pharmaceutical Companies: Google, IBM, Oracle, Tesla, Twitter, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer
GPA: 3.4
Location: Atlanta, GA

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