NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Chile Real Estate
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Yale | Mr. Sustainability Manager
GRE 319, GPA 3.52
NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99

Introducing An Underdog MBA Applicant & His Journey to B-School

Why Blog? 

Before I get too ahead of myself, you might be wondering why I have committed myself to blogging about my mission to get an MBA.  Like those that have come before me and written on P&Q and other sites like it, I believe I have a unique perspective that has not been shared with the MBA blogging community.

  • I did not go to a prestigious university.  I do not work for an investment bank, consulting firm, or prominent tech company.  As a matter fact, you know the employment reports MBA programs put out each year? You won’t find my company in them.
  • I have not worked for a blue chip non-profit nor have I taught for Teach for America.
  • I have not started my own company.
  • I was not the first person in my family to go to college nor am I part of any group that has historically been discriminated against.
  • I am not a distinguished veteran in the United States military.
  • My undergraduate transcript is not anything to brag about and I have yet to take the GMAT.

I am a twenty-something white male.  In every way, I am the “Average Joe Applicant.”

One of the main reasons I wanted to write this blog is so that I can speak for the underdog applicant who doesn’t think they have a chance at attending the best business schools the world has to offer.

Well, today is your lucky day because I am here to tell you loud and proud, YOU DO HAVE A CHANCE.  You may have stumbled somewhere along the way but with proper planning, a little bit of foresight, and A LOT of hard work, you can do it. In fact, if the previous sentence describes you – now is the time.  What in the hell are you waiting for?  As far as I’m concerned, it is never too late to take control of your career and try something different in the hopes of realizing your full potential.

Let’s get this party started.

Motivation Quote #1

“I don’t regret the things I’ve done; I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”


JustinTime offers the perspective of the ‘average’ young professional from a state school. While lacking the prestige of an elite university and work experience at a brand name company, he’s hoping to offset those drawbacks with international experience, community service outreach, and a positive outlook. He is interested in the top ten business schools, but can also see himself at a part-time or online program