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July 18, 2024 9:43pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Harvard Business School, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Private Equity and Venture Capital (Lower Middle Market)
Post-MBA Target Industry: Private Equity Companies: Blackstone , Carlyle Group , Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Group , KKR
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.63
Years of Work Experience: 5
Location: Texas
Post MBA Location: New York
Notes:

I'll be the first to admit, I know I look like A LOT of people who apply to business school. Straight, white, male. In finance. My differentiation is I had a winding path to get where I am today.

Post high school, I took 2 gap years prior to college to serve an LDS mission in Japan. I am still fluent in Japanese.

When I began undergrad, I was a political science major. A short internship at a law firm (in Tokyo) helped me realize that wasn't exactly right for me. I became curious about the stock market and investing and switched my major to economics.

While in school I worked various (3) jobs and didn't have time to put the effort in to getting a fancy banking internship, although I knew that is what I wanted to do. After graduating, I landed at Citibank in the commercial banking devision on the energy desk in Houston. I worked hard, received a lot of responsibility as an Analyst, and after 18 months was able to leverage that experience into a private equity role.

I came from relatively humble beginnings - I grew up in a town with less than 1500 people - Fall City, Washington - where most people stayed and no one knew what investment banking or private equity was. I have been blessed (and lucky) to get to where I am today, so I try to give back where I can. I volunteer with two organizations, Operation HOPE, and SERJobs in Houston, both dedicated to financial literacy and providing opportunities for underprivelaged communities.

I want to get an MBA to springboard into a megafund - the Carlyles and KKRs of the world. Eventually, I want to start my own fund, and having an MBA accelerates that plan.

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July 18, 2024 4:13pm ET
Applying: Cambridge / Judge, Harvard Business School, IESE, London Business School, Oxford / Saïd, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Business Analysis Manager at Cisco
Post-MBA Target Industry: Technology Companies: Apple , Google , Microsoft , Other
GMAT: 675
GPA: 3.7
Years of Work Experience: 5
Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina, USA
Post MBA Location: Preference to Medium-Large cities outside of US (Spain, London, Australia) but relatively open to anywhere
Notes:

Graduated from Kenan-Flagler Business School (#20 Undergrad Business Program in US) at the University of North Carolina in 2019 with a 3.7 GPA and a second degree in Peace, War, and Defense (think international relations, war & peacetime history).

Interned at Cisco in Data & Analytics (non-tech role) before returning full-time post-graduation as a Program Manager for a Data Education program (3 years). Had a large amount of responsibility, leadership, and impact in this role including increasing net profits from $300k in FY19 to $1M over course of 3 years and year-over-year increases of 63% in class offerings and 75% in net profits. Also co-designed & implemented an enterprise-wide, multi-level Data Literacy program from scratch, which grew to top-ranking internal Education Plan with 5000+ graduates in less than 2 years.

Switched teams to become a Business Analysis Manager (managed the analysis work, didn't manage any people) on a Sales Effectiveness team for the Service Provider customer segment. Used excel and tableau to deliver business performance analysis, strategic insights, etc. to Sales leadership. Learned a lot about conducting and presenting data & analytics, but had less of an impact due to market downturn and constant org changes. Was already planning on applying to MBA and was in process of studying for GMAT when I was laid off in April as part of the big tech layoffs. Prior to this, I was promoted 4 times within Cisco, 3 times within Data Education team, and once on Sales team.

Scored 675 on GMAT Focus (82 Quant, 86 Verbal, 82 Data Insights) on first attempt, don't plan to retake.

Due to awkward timing of the layoff, am considering not taking on another full-time role prior to MBA (which would mean a little over a year break from work). Primary reason for this is that I worked 2-3 jobs throughout highschool and college, then immediately went into full-time work post-grad, so I'd like to take advantage of the time off.

During time off, I plan on travelling, volunteering, taking some certifications, and preferably doing some type of immersive program to learn Spanish. During the Clear Admit roundtable with LBS a few weeks ago, I asked the admissions director about this and, while he acknowledged the awkward timing, he suggested I do a bit 'more' during my time off (join a board, do some contract work, etc.), otherwise the break will be a bit of a turn off for admissions. Would really appreciate some feedback / ideas on what to do during my time 'off' and how to frame the lay-off to employers.

Will be visiting IESE, LBS, Cambridge, and Oxford on an upcoming trip over the next month. Plan to visit HBS and Wharton after I apply. I would like to apply to HBS, Wharton, and LBS first round and IESE, Cambridge, and Oxford 2nd round. I'm also open to other M7s.

Also, I was deferred from Harvard for undergrad and ultimately denied, is this something HBS can see or will care about?

As for post-grad, I am relatively open to role type and industry but for the purposes of applying, I am targeting a management role at a tech or energy firm that combines analytics and program management with some intersection with government/non-profit work. Long-term, I'm interested in a CSR role crafting mutually-beneficial programs / relationships where the company is able to profit from giving back i.e. install telecom infra in developing countries for free but ensure x-year contract. But happy to have a few roles before this to learn various sectors, skills, cultures, etc. that I can them use later on.

Hope this wasn't TMI - I appreciate any insights and feedback you'll be able to provide. I love the podcast! Have been binging it for the last few weeks and have listened to 20 or so episodes so far. :)

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July 18, 2024 2:36pm ET
Applying: Columbia, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: Private Equity
Post-MBA Target Industry: Private Equity, Entrepreneurship Companies: Blackstone , Carlyle Group , KKR
GMAT: 685
GPA: 3.6
Years of Work Experience: 6
4
July 18, 2024 8:05am ET
Applying: Duke / Fuqua, UPenn / Wharton, UT Austin / McCombs, Yale SOM
Intake Year: 2025
Pre-MBA Career: U.S. Military Intelligence Officer
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Entrepreneurship Companies: Bain , BCG , McKinsey
GMAT: 750
GPA: 4.00
Years of Work Experience: 3
Location: Germany
Post MBA Location: U.S. (no specific region)
Notes:

25, M, White

University academics & extracurriculars:
-Attended a private university ~#50 on USN&WR and studied economics (B.S., requiring additional math)
-Never got an A- throughout college, received several academic awards
-Very involved in Army ROTC throughout college, including a summer abroad at a foreign military academy and serving as the Cadet Battalion Commander (Student President) my senior year.
-Completed an internship for the local city government
-VP of a club sport

Work experience:
-I’ve spent nearly my entire time in the Army as an Intelligence Officer stationed in Europe (3 years and counting). I’ve held roles heavy on leadership and analysis, including leading a 27-person analysis team. I’ve conducted missions in several European countries, most focused on the Russia-Ukraine war.

Extracurriculars post university:
-Almost all my meaningful extracurriculars/community involvement post-university are through the Army because I’ve lived in a small overseas community. I almost hesitate to list the following activities because in the Army everything you do is viewed as part of your job as a leader, but these are both outside my typical job duties:
-I’m heavily involved in the Army’s sponsorship program, helping soldiers and their families relocate to Europe. I started out being paired with soldiers as an individual sponsor and then became a sponsorship coordinator, where I oversee many sponsors and their inbound soldiers.
-I teach personal finance classes to soldiers and mentor multiple soldiers on financial issues with 1-on-1 counseling sessions.

Why MBA & career goals:
-I’ll be leaving the Army next summer and want to attend a full-time MBA program for the education, career services, and network it provides. For very similar reasons, I want to spend several years working as a management consultant (ideally for MBB) directly afterward, to grow my private-sector experience and connections. If I’m unable to recruit into consulting, my alternate plan is to recruit for an LDP, though I don’t yet know the industry or function I’d be most interested in. My long-term goal is entrepreneurship with social impact, but similarly I don’t yet know the industry I’d target. Since I currently have minimal private sector experience, I’m hoping to refine this goal during and after my MBA.

School Selection:
-Each of these schools has strong consulting placement, and I believe each would be a strong cultural fit for me. Each has unique programs/strengths/values that appeal to me. Additionally, I’m hoping for scholarship offers, which to my understanding are more likely at schools where my stats are higher above the averages. I’d also prefer not to go to school in CA or NYC.

Areas I’d love any feedback on:
1) My current application strategy is quality over quantity: I’m only applying to four schools in round 1 and considering dropping one school to make it three. I’m aware that most people apply to more, but I’ve invested lots of time researching schools and preparing my applications, so I’m optimistic about the admissions results and believe they’d each be a strong cultural fit for me. Do you have any feedback on school selection? Is it unwise for me to only apply to 3-4?
2) I won’t have any G.I. Bill due to the Army paying for my undergraduate degree and not serving beyond my four-year commitment. I’m hoping for scholarship, because I’d prefer to limit my debt as much as I can while still setting myself up for career success. Do I have strong odds of getting a scholarship?
3) Any feedback on my goals/reasons behind my goals? Do I need to develop more specifics on my long-term goal or back-up short-term goal for my application?
4) Since I’m not yet set on any specific industry/function for an LDP, is it worth being a consideration in my school selection? Or, if consulting doesn’t work out, should I just go with the options available on-campus wherever I end up?
5) Will currently having only 3 years of experience (4 at matriculation) hurt my admissions chances? Almost all veterans I’ve seen matriculate to top schools have at least 5-7 years and the G.I. Bill. I’m also curious if schools prefer military candidates with the G.I. Bill since they often don’t need as much/any scholarship to afford the school. Is ability to afford the school (and therefore necessity for scholarship) a consideration in admissions decisions or awarding scholarship?
6) Will it be viewed negatively that my post-university extracurriculars are through my job? Will they be viewed as true extracurriculars?

I'm a huge fan of the podcast. Thank you!

MBA Livewire

July 18, 2024 3:49pm ET
Accepted to Northwestern / Kellogg
Round: Round 3
Received via email on June 26, 2024
GPA: 3.96
GMAT: 645
Program Type: Deferred Enrollment
Post MBA Career Name: Non Profit / Social Impact
July 18, 2024 3:36pm ET
Rejected from Waitlist at NYU Stern
Round: Round 1
Received via portal July 18, 2024
GPA: 3.92
GRE: 329
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Application Location: India
July 17, 2024 5:04pm ET
Rejected from Waitlist at Duke / Fuqua
Round: Round 3
Received via portal on July 12, 2024
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Latam
Note:

Only applied to Fuqua. Gonna apply in Early Action for the 2025 intake.

July 17, 2024 4:35pm ET
Rejected from Waitlist at NYU Stern
Round: Round 3
Received via email on July 16, 2024
GPA: 3.12
GRE: 311
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Application Location: NYC
Note:

Waitlisted in mid-March, sent 2 updates

July 16, 2024 2:23pm ET
Rejected from Waitlist at NYU Stern
Round: Round 3
Received via portal July 16, 2024
GPA: 3.59
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Application Location: NYC

MBA DecisionWire

Fuq
July 18, 2024 2:25pm ET
Enrolled: Duke / Fuqua
Admitted: Duke / Fuqua $
$154000
Applied: Duke / Fuqua, MIT Sloan
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Technology, Venture Capital Companies: Apple, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Other, Other
GRE: 309
GPA: 3.3
Location: USA
Notes:

Visit and attend programs, even if online. But genuine.

Chi
July 18, 2024 1:36pm ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth , Dartmouth / Tuck , Michigan / Ross $
$20000
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Dartmouth / Tuck, Michigan / Ross, UPenn / Wharton
Entering Year: 2024
GRE: 327
Yal
July 16, 2024 3:29am ET
Enrolled: Yale SOM
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth , Duke / Fuqua $
$90000
,
Northwestern / Kellogg $
$25000
,
NYU Stern , UVA / Darden $
$90000
,
Yale SOM $
$100000
Applied: Duke / Fuqua, Yale SOM, UVA / Darden, Stanford GSB, NYU Stern, Northwestern / Kellogg, U. Chicago Booth
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Non Profit/SI
GMAT: 740
GPA: 3.78
Location: India
UT
July 16, 2024 2:28am ET
Enrolled: UT Austin / McCombs
Admitted: USC / Marshall $
$40000
,
UT Austin / McCombs $
$30000
Applied: UVA / Darden, UT Austin / McCombs, USC / Marshall, Emory / Goizueta, Columbia, U. Chicago Booth, Berkeley / Haas
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting, Investment Banking, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Asset Management, inc. Hedge Funds, Commercial Banking Companies: AT Kearney, Bain, Booz Allen Hamilton, BCG, Ernst & Young, McKinsey, PWC, Bank of America, Barclays, Capital One, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, RBC Capital, Wells Fargo Securities, Accell Partners, Andressen Horowitz, Draper Fisher, First Round Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Group, TPG, KKR, Blackrock, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Asset Management, State Street, Vanguard, Bank of America, Bank of New York, Capital One, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, PNC Bank, State Street, Wells Fargo
GRE: 336
GPA: 2.7
Location: India
Notes:

Scholarship, location, ROI

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