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Introducing MBA Boy

In the upcoming months, I’m thinking most of my writing will revolve around the application process — status updates, random observations, maybe a bit about how I’m feeling. Before I get into all that, though, I thought I’d offer a more personal glimpse into my life. Who is this MBA Boy anyway?

I’m an investment banker. A first-generation Asian-American. A brother of two younger sisters. A fiercely loyal friend and, unbeknownst to many, a deeply nostalgic and sentimental son of a gun.

I play the piano, the guitar, and the bass, but prefer singing to all of them save maybe the piano. Despite my affinity for music, I like sports even more. Basketball, football, baseball, tennis, golf, the list goes on and on. Of course, some people would take issue with calling golf a sport, and that’s okay. Arrested Development is the funniest TV show I’ve ever watched, and Curb Your Enthusiasm and Freaks and Geeks follow closely behind.

I like to eat steak, blueberries, cherries, tiramisu, green tea jello, almond-milk jello with fruit cocktail, and pizza, but not as much as I like to eat lasagna. This may be surprising to some, since most people know me as a pizza buff — a pizza elitist, even — but I LOVE lasagna. As a sidenote, the best pizzas in America are made in NYC and New Haven, without a doubt.

I also love numbers. Numbers are useful for many things, and I am guilty of converting most things in my life into numbers. However, there are certain areas in life in which numbers don’t work out so well. In many cases, I’ve had to learn this the hard way.

Although these things are all very nice, there is one thing that matters to me more than all these combined: the pursuit my faith. I am a follower of Jesus. I am involved in ministry at my church, and was also involved with ministry when I was in college. Through these involvements, I have grown incredibly passionate about people, and certainly value my relationships above my accomplishments.

And that pretty much sums up who I am. My hope is that these things will shine through in my applications. Although many items are still left undecided in this entire process, one thing is decided for sure: I’m going to stay true to myself and be brutally honest in all of my applications. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I were to do it any other way.

This post is adapted from MBABoy, a blog written by an anonymous MBA applicant who has a GMAT score of 760 and is targeting Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT Sloan, Tuck, Columbia, and Chicago Booth.