Chicago Booth | Mr. Energy Operations
GRE 330, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Greek Taverna
GMAT 730, GPA 7.03/10
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Harvard | Ms. Biotech Ops
GMAT 770, GPA 3.53
NYU Stern | Mr. Development
GMAT 690, GPA 2.5
Yale | Mr. Steelmaker To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.04/4.0
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Emerging Markets Banking
GRE 130, GPA 3.6 equivalent
Chicago Booth | Mr. Overrepresented Indian Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 8.78/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Indian Quant
GMAT 745, GPA 9.6 out of 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Food & Education Entrepreneur
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Standard Military
GMAT 700, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Ms. Gay Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. International Oil
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Tuck | Mr. Infantry Officer To MBA
GRE 314, GPA 3.4
Rice Business | Mr. Future Energy Consultant
GRE Received a GRE Waiver, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Campaigns To Business
GMAT 750, GPA 3.19
MIT Sloan | Mr. Special Forces
GMAT 720, GPA 3.82
Columbia | Mr. Fingers Crossed
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Egyptian Heritage
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Investor & Operator (2+2)
GMAT 720, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Ms. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mrs. Nebraska
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7

Getting An MBA In China: An American In Shanghai

MBA candidate Kevin Shimota speaks about the Innovate China competition

MBA candidate Kevin Shimota speaks about the Innovate China competition

Why did the MBA student cross the Pacific?

Hint: it wasn’t just to get to the other side.

Kevin Shimota, a former supply chain manager for Boeing in Seattle, is now in Shanghai almost halfway through his 18-month MBA, and he’s planning to continue his career in China when he graduates.

In Shanghai, Shimota breathes polluted air, in a country where people speak one of the hardest languages in the world to learn, and where, according to Forbes magazine, doing business is more difficult than in Greece, El Salvador, or Guatemala. It’s just what Shimota was looking for.

“I was fortunate to know what I wanted,” says the 26-year-old Washington State native. “I need something big.”

SEARCHING FOR THE STEEPEST LEARNING CURVES

One definition of “big” is starting an MBA program at a respected institution such as China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) without even knowing what a balance sheet is.

“I had no idea, man, I just knew nothing,” Shimota confesses. But it’s the state of knowing nothing that Shimota has thrown himself into over and over, around the globe, immersing himself in new environments that offer the steepest-possible learning curves and the exciting novelty of different worlds. He applies a stepping-stone strategy to his education and career goals, trending ever forward and upward, but with some striking lateral hops and surprising leaps. College Latin class to post-genocide Bosnia? Data entry at Onvia straight to international supply chain management at Boeing?

No matter which step he’s reached, you can bet Shimota will have talked his way into it, talked his way through it, will talk his way out and end up far ahead on his journey of personal and career development.

Shanghai's Pudong district

Shanghai’s Pudong district – Wikimedia Commons photo

Words do not fail Kevin Shimota. They pour forth like the Yangtze. The language, however, may vary. He speaks English, Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin.

Shimota grew up in Bellingham, Washington, “a hippie town where everyone does way too much of what just became legal there,” he says. “A great place to grow up. Just absolutely beautiful.”