This edition of Real Humans: MBA Students takes us to France to meet some new members of the MBA Class of 2025 at HEC Paris. The Class of 2025 is comprised of 235 students, who may matriculate in September or January. Forty percent are women and 95 percent are international, representing 49 nationalities. During their undergraduate years,…
We head to New York City to greet some new members of the Columbia Business School (CBS) MBA Class of 2025 in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. The CBS MBA Class of 2025 is comprised of 900 students, with 681 starting in August and 219 starting in January. Women make up 44 percent…
We continue with our Real Humans: MBA Students series by meeting some new members of the ESCP Business School MBA Class of 2024. ESCP spans campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, and students are required to study on two campuses during their MBA. The MBA can be completed in 10, 22 or 34…
In this edition of our ongoing series, Real Humans: MBA Students, get to know some new members of the MBA Class of 2025 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Fifty-five students matriculated to the Maryland-based business school program. Roughly 25 percent are women and 58 percent are international. Fourteen percent…
Find out what it’s like to be a member of the Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA student community in this edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series. The Harvard MBA Class of 2025 is comprised of 938 students. Women make up 45 percent of the class and 39 percent are international. Out of domestic students…
We continue with our Real Humans: MBA Students series by meeting some new members of the University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) MBA Class of 2025 in northwestern England. Ninety-six students comprise the MBA Class of 2025. Forty-six percent are women and 94 percent are international students, representing 29 nationalities. Manchester AMBS requires a minimum…
This edition of Real Humans: MBA Students takes us to the MIT Sloan School of Management to meet members of the MBA Class of 2025. A total of 409 students joined the MIT Sloan Class of 2025. Forty-six percent of the latest class are women. Forty percent of students in the class are international and…
We head to Shanghai to greet some new members of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) MBA Class of 2025 in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. The 18-month CEIBS MBA is well known for its China Focus, called “China Depth, Global Breadth,” as well as for preparing international leaders to enter the global business…
We kick off the new year in California to meet some members of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business MBA Class of 2025 in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. 244 students matriculated at Haas in the fall of 2023. Women comprise 41 percent of the class and 47 percent are international, representing…
New members of the Yale School of Management’s (SOM) MBA Class of 2025 join us for the latest edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series. 339 students matriculated in the latest class in New Haven, CT. Forty percent are women and half are international passport holders. Forty-eight percent of U.S. students identify as U.S. students…
We head to The Ohio State to greet some new members of the Fisher College of Business MBA Class of 2025 in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. Forty-nine new MBA students joined Fisher in the Fall of 2023. Forty-three percent of the new class are women and the same percentage are international. A quarter…
Some new members of the Dartmouth Tuck MBA Class of 2025 join us to discuss MBA admissions and student life in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. 297 students matriculated into the Tuck MBA program in the fall of 2023. Forty-four percent are women and 33 percent are international. Thirty-two percent of U.S. students…
We continue with our Real Humans: MBA Students series by meeting some new members of the Washington University (WashU) Olin Business School MBA Class of 2025 in St. Louis. Eighty-three students comprise the MBA Class of 2025. Thirty-seven percent are women and 51 percent are international students. Thirty-four percent identify as underrepresented U.S. minorities. During their…
We pay a visit to Lausanne, Switzerland, for this edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series to meet some members of the MBA Class of 2023 at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). Eighty-seven students matriculated in January 2023 for the one-year IMD MBA. Thirty-six percent are women. The class represents 36 different…
This edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series introduces some new members of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business MBA Class of 2025. The five students profiled here matriculated along with 632 other MBA candidates out of 4,184 applicants. Forty-two percent of the new class are women and 36 percent are international, representing 54 countries.…
We head to Nashville in this edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series to meet some new members of the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Business MBA Class of 2025. Vanderbilt Owen welcomed 160 new students in the fall of 2023. A third of the new candidates are women and 29 percent are international,…
We head to IESE Business School of the University of Navarra in Barcelona to meet some new Class of 2025 candidates in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students. IESE’s class is comprised of over 350 students and 35 percent are women. Eighty-five percent are international. Twenty-four percent of new students hail from Asia. Another…
In this edition of our Real Humans: MBA Students series, we hear from some new members of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business MBA Class of 2025. 241 students comprise the Texas McCombs MBA Class of 2025. Women make up 35 percent of the class while international students comprise 26 percent of…
This edition of Real Humans: MBA Students introduces London Business School (LBS) candidates for the Class of 2025 from five different continents, which is representative of the global diversity of the program. Of the 487 new students, only six percent hail from the United Kingdom. There are 63 nationalities represented in the LBS MBA Class…
We head to Washington, D.C. to continue our Real Humans: MBA Students series with new members of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business MBA Class of 2025. 258 students make up the McDonough MBA Class of 2025. Women comprise 31 percent of the class and 59 percent are international, representing 40 different countries. African American,…
In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, new members of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (JHU Carey) MBA Class of 2025 share their admissions journeys. The Carey Business School MBA Class of 2025 numbers 65 students. Fifty-one percent are women, which marks the fourth time in the last five years that Johns Hopkins Carey has…
We continue our Real Humans: MBA Students with a visit to UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to hear from new members of their MBA Class of 2025 about applicant & student life. 253 students matriculated at Kenan-Flagler in the Fall of 2023. Women comprise a third of the class and 34 percent of students are international.…
For this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, we meet some new MBA candidates at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School (CJBS). 226 students joined the one-year program in the Fall of 2023. Women comprise 42 percent of the new class. All together, the group represented 45 nationalities. Upon matriculation, the Cambridge Judge class had six…
Learn more about business school life in this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students featuring new candidates at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 104 students matriculated for the Class of 2025. Women comprise 31 percent of the class and another 34 percent are international students, representing 19 countries. Among domestic students,…
In this edition of Real Humans: MBA Students, new members of the NYU Stern MBA Class of 2025 talk about applicant & student life. 327 students comprise the Stern MBA Class of 2025. Forty-three percent are women and 48 percent have international citizenship. Forty-seven percent of the class are U.S. minority students, and 17 percent…
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Years of Work Experience: 5
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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:
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.
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
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:
Engineering Student Government Senator- impacted 2000+ students through legislation.
Vice President, ChemE club
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor (1.5 years).
Consultant for a non-profit supporting first-time entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
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.