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Mr. 1st Gen Engineer

About Me:

I’ve been an Engineer in Design, R&D, and applications as well as a Program Manager. Been promoted into a business development role in some new and emerging markets in the Photonics space.


Undergrad School: T50 Private (Brandeis, BU, Tulane, CWRU, etc.)

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 730

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Master of Engineering - Electrical: 3.95/4.0 GPA

School Name: Top 5 Engineering School (Berkeley, Caltech, Michigan)

Extracurriculars: President - 1st generation student organization at Michigan, Founder of smaller, 1st generation student organization

Work History:

Title: R&D Engineer / Program Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 3 mos

Title: Technical Sales Developement Rep. / New Markets + Defense

Industry: Technology

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 mos

Big Life Wins:

Graduating from undergrad and grad school as a 1st gen student, and being able to run a successful 1st gen organization.

Post MBA Goal:

I’d like to join a FAANG type or Aerospace (SpaceX) type firm in product management or new technology development.


Target School: Yale

Status: Open

Considering: Ross, Cornell Johnson, Columbia, Harvard, Tuck, Berkeley Haas


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. First Gen Engineer, thanks for writing in. This is a little tricky to assess: right away, I see that your GMAT score is strong, and I like your leadership in college. Your GPA is, however, low in undergrad. Generally it can be hard to break into top schools with a GPA under 3.4, and Yale does tend to focus on strong academic performance. I wonder if you have an upward trajectory that you might highlight in an optional essay; surely your first gen status is a mitigating factor and perhaps you were working at the same time (?) as many first gen students do. You also help your case with a stellar Master’s GPA; that will help, certainly (though it …

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