Born in China, Tianxing became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of 25 and soon after joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he is a First Lieutenant. With a 750 GMAT and a 3.9 GPA from UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, he is now wanting to get his MBA degree to transition back to civilian life.
He has a compelling story along with those strong stats. After Berkeley, he worked as an accountant for a medical device firm, then in operations for a mutual fund and finally as a controller for a fund of hedge funds. For a time, he also tried his hand out as an entrepreneur but that didn’t quite pan out for him. Out of a sense of patriotism, Tianxing signed up for the U.S. Marines. Stationed in Japan for the past three years, he helps run military manpower planning for exercises with allied nations, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Thailand.
Now 30 years old, he would be 31 at matriculation–an age that puts him just outside the 26-to-28-year sweet spot for most elite MBA programs. Yet, he has high aspirations, selecting target schools such as Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School, Yale School of Management, and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
Does he have a shot? In this episode of Fridays with Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg puts him through the paces of a tough mock interview and offers smart counsel on what Tianxing needs to do to tip the odds of admission in his favor.
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