For the past four years, Shawn has worked for a Novartis since graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in chemical engineering. He has three promotions, working his way up from an engineer to a technial project manager who leads a team of 15 stqffers.
He has an impressive GMAT score of 740, with equally impressive splits, 90% verbal and 87% quant.But the big red flag on his application is a 3.2 GPA, well below the class average at his target MBA programs at MIT, Columbia, Yale and Duke. One reason for the lowish grades? Born and raised in China, he moved to the U.S. in 2014 to attend Lehigh. He also spent a semester in a full-time internship and endured a significant surgery as an undergrad.
He has great extras, including mentoring refugees in the U.S. who work at minimum wage jobs, helping them to pivot back into their original industries in their home country.
Shawn, moreover, is a re-applicant, having been turned down by Harvard, MIT and Columbia last year. In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg believes he has isolated the reasons why Shaun was not successful in his first go-round and advises him on what to do to change the odds in his favor this year.
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