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You Won’t Believe Who Harvard Business School Rejected This Month


Mr. Supply Chain

  • 780 GMAT (50Q/50V)
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in economics from HYP
  • Master’s degree in supply chain engineering from Georgia Tech
  • Work experience includes two years in supply chain strategy at Intel
  • Extracurricular involvement as a first-gen college students
  • Fluent in Chinese
  • “Essay: Not much of a tear-jerker, wrote about how I came from a family of construction workers and wanted to build something significant, in my case products and organizations in the tech industry (it was more coherent that it sounds here…)
  • 25-year-old first generation college white male

Sandy’s Analysis: I’m perplexed as I’m sure most folks would be by your ding. The only thing that does not compute here is why, given your MS in supply chain and job in that field, you really need an MBA degree.

In your next life, after you graduate from HYP with a 3.7, you should get a job at MBB (advising companies about supply chains) instead of getting an MS.

All that said, your essay linking family construction background to building something in hi-tech is usually the kind of BS they like. Maybe more tear-jerking stuff could have turned the tide here [I HOPE NOT BUT THAT IS KINDA MY THESIS]. E.G. was anyone ever injured, “Seeing uncle Mo hop around on this crutch after he fell of that scaffold, and not admit to how much pain he was in was one lesson, but another was after his death on pain killer overdose, I learned that we all need to open up to each other. etc.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.