Solomon graduated from the University of Michigan with a computer science degree last year, landing a plum job at Facebook in California in product management. At just 23 years of age, however, he’s looking ahead to the time he hopes to return to graduate school and earn an MBA.
He’s clearly off to a great start and not only because he is with a FAANG company (The acronym for the market’s five most popular and best-performing tech stocks: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet’s Google). He has a solid 3.62 grade point average and a 740 GMAT score.
Just as important, he has a story that takes him out of the typical pile of white male applicants. His Ethiopian grandfather was a key influence and he was largely raised by his mother who has had a successful career in the social sector. More than that, he has at least another two years or more to shape that personal narrative because he doesn’t intend to matriculate until he has close to three years of full-time work experience.
His target schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg, and Berkeley. Does he have a shot?
In this Fridays With Sandy episode, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses his odds and gives some valuable advice.
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