Keith has something in common with Chad Losee, managing director of MBA admissions at Harvard Business School.
Both did their undergraduate education at Brigham Young University and did a year-long LDS (Latter Day Saints) mission.
Whether that plays in his favor for a Harvard MBA admit is anyone’s guess. But it’s unlikely to add any downside to what is a solid candidate. Keith’s GMAT score of 730, with splits of 41 verbal and 48 quant, is right on the school’s class median. His 3.62 in electrical engineering is a tad below the 3.7 class average.
But the 28-year-old engineer also brings a master’s in engineering earned in a part-time online program from Arizona State University and, more importantly, solid work experience at both Raytheon and Lockheed Martin where he has worked for the past year. On his mission in Warsaw, Poland, Keith developed Polish language skills, led a small congregation in Northeast Poland for six months and increased attendance by 100%. He also has traveled to 16 countries, including Brazil and Australia, on four continents.
Besides Harvard Business School, his targets include MIT Sloan, UVA Darden, Dartmouth Tuck, and Yale School of Management.
In this episode of Fridays With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg brings Keith through the paces of a handicapping session, suggesting ways to sharpen his message and present himself in ways that would swing the odds of admission in his favor.
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