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August 25, 2020 3:57pm ET
Applying: Georgetown / McDonough, London Business School, Michigan / Ross, Northwestern / Kellogg, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Vanderbilt / Owen
Intake Year: 2021
Pre-MBA Career: Consulting - Financial Services (Compliance)
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting Companies: Accenture , AT Kearney , Bain , BCG , Deloitte , Ernst & Young , McKinsey , PWC , Other
GMAT: 680
GPA: 3.30
Years of Work Experience: 6
Location: Chicago
Post MBA Location: London / Chicago / New York

Hi Everyone,

I am a white male currently living in Chicago and working for a small consulting firm (approx. 50 employees) that specializes in litigation matters and compliance projects with large banks and broker-dealers for the last 3.5 years. Prior to that, I spent 1.5 years working for a tier 1 bank in St. Louis as a portfolio analyst. I'm interested in continuing my consulting career post-MBA and pivoting into in a Strategy role at a larger firm. I have international experience with projects in my current role and I would like to live in Europe post-MBA, however, I am interested in the traditional 2-year MBA program and I feel like my candidacy is a better fit in domestic programs.

I have a bachelor's degree in Finance from a widely unknown liberal arts institution where I was a 4-year starter at Catcher on the baseball team (135 career starts) and a Team Captain for my last two seasons. I was a projected mid-to-late round draft pick in the 2014 MLB draft, but I suffered a severe back injury in the summer leading up to the 2014 season which stymied my chances of playing professionally. In my first 2 years of school, I was focused on becoming a professional athlete and struggled to carry a 3.0 GPA, but after my injury I was able to carry close to a 3.5 while still playing baseball. I am curious if I may be setting my sights too high because of my weak GPA from an unknown school?

Outside of work, I am passionate about art, movies, college football, and Chelsea Football Club. I am also currently working my way through the MBA Math course.

I will be applying in the 2nd round because I will be retaking the GMAT to hopefully push into the 700-720 range.

I would also be interested to hear what Graham and Alex think of my profile on the podcast, love the show!