For an MBA applicant, Michaela has a compelling if unusual story to tell. The 26-year-old professional currently works for a Fortune 500 company as a toponymist while also being in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Shortly, she’ll depart her full-time job updating mapping data for Google and Bing for a six-month-long military deployment in the Middle East.
Since graduating from SUNY-Buffalo with a 3.3 GPA in international studies and Chinese, she has had three full-time jobs: the map-making gig, with a promotion in five months, as well as stints with two companies that import products from China. She speaks Mandarin and has spent roughly six years of her life in China. Raised largely by a single mother, who is half Puerto Rican and half Korean, Michaela originally wanted to pursue a military career, was selected for Officer Candidate School in the U.S. Marines, but then tore an ACL muscle which led to a change of plans.
She has yet to sit for the GMAT but has plenty of time because she will be applying next year to matriculate in 2022. With an MBA degree, she hopes to transition into a consulting firm that does work with the government. Her targets: Harvard, Wharton, MIT Sloan, INSEAD, Duke and Darden.
In this episode of Friday’s with Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses her chances and provides some valuable advice on how to tell her story and sway the odds in her favor.
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