Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Harvard | Mr. Bomb Squad To Business
GMAT 740, GPA 3.36
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineer In Finance – Deferred MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.94
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Second Chance In The US
GMAT 760, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Negotiator
GMAT 720, GPA 7.9/10

Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Arie Kouandjio, Wharton School

Arie Kouandjio

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

“I direct my life by attempting to find the fun in everything I do.”

Hometown: Beltsville, MD

Fun Fact About Yourself: I make a mean beef pastrami.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Alabama, Finance-undergrad, Economics-master.

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: NGP Capital, Summer Analyst.

What word best describes the Wharton MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far and why? Creators – the students I’ve met have great ideas and immediately act on them.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the Wharton School’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Aside from my classmates, I chose Wharton because of its tradition. Wharton was the first business school in the world and has maintained a standard of excellence since.

What course, club, or activity excites you the most at the Wharton School? I’m excited about the possibility of taking a class taught by Adam Grant. I read his book, Give and Take, about 4 years ago and it has advised how I view both professional and personal relationships since.

When you think of the Wharton School, what is the first word that comes to mind? Why? Tradition, because of Wharton’s history of being the first and the best. I feel humbled when thinking of the individuals who have walked through the same halls in the past.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Fulfilling a lifelong goal of making it to and playing in the NFL.

How did COVID-19 change your perspective on your career and your life in general? They say life is short and you never know how much time you’ll get on this planet. COVID highlighted this thought in a dramatic way and has forced me to slow down and reexamine my priorities in life.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? After 5 years in the NFL, I wanted to polish what I learned in undergrad and take my learnings to the next level. I felt the best way to do this was through pursuing an MBA. Post-graduation, I hope to expand the space-based startup I’m currently working on.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? Stanford GSB, Booth, Sloan.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into the Wharton School’s MBA program? Finish. There may be times when you doubt your ability to get into Wharton. In those times, finish your applications the best you can and let the chips fall where they may.