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Mr. 3rd Gen Farmer

About Me:

I am a third generation farmer. Not including a lucrative lemonade stand at age 8, I co-founded two non-profits and a technology company. I have had two failed companies, one due to the California drought in 2016. Since then I have helped the agriculture industry adopt new methods to adapt to changing climate, regulations and trade landscapes.


Undergrad School: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Undergrad Major: Agriculture Science, Focus in Business

GPA: 2.3

GMAT: 720

Age: 32,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Real Estate Licensee, California

Extracurriculars: California Hop Growers Association - Founder, Past President, Journeyman International, Board Member

Work History:

Title: COO

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Business Development Manager

Industry: Agriculture

Company: Top 5 Agriculture Irrigation Company in California

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

As a child I walked cotton fields to pull weeds. As a college student I overcame an abusive mentor relationship. As an entrepreneur I have had two failed companies. I have lived “grit.” My biggest life win: carry on. Learn from failure, pain and build up my community. My big life win is those around me.

Post MBA Goal:

Work on projects or products with talented and passionate people that bring life to local communities. As a result, earn as much money as possible with the goal being to steward it back to those in need. Tangibly this means working under talented mentors within the agriculture industry solving global challenges then eventually starting a business.


Target School: Darden

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Duke Fuqua, Stanford GSB


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 45%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 40%

    You already know the red flag in your application: It’s that woeful 2.3 GPA at Cal Poly, an excellent school. I wonder if you have a convincing explanation for the low GPA. If you do, Darden may very well look past your grades and put complete faith in your strong GMAT score of 720 which is above the latest 713 class average for Darden. I love that you are an entrepreneur who has struggled through two failures and learned from them. And you certainly would stand out as a third generation farmer in an MBA applicant pool. Not all that many farmers apply to business school and fewer still can claim to be entrepreneurs. So that is super appealing. Though you are five years above …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi Mr. 3rd Gen Farmer! Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant here. I love that you are an open book, have demonstrated grit and ability to bounce back from setbacks, and that you have a sense of humor too. I’ve worked with hundreds of applicants, and have never worked with a farmer, so that unique background will really help you. Your interest in innovating within the agriculture industry and desire to have an impact on the community makes a strong case for an MBA (and matches very well with the mission of GSB in particular). Since you have already had wide ranging experiences and started companies, make sure you can get very specific on what skills you want to gain from an MBA, and then tie …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 63%

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  • 75% | 1 week ago

    You have a solid profile. I would imagine you can shoot for some higher schools too. The only concern I have is that you are already a COO and slightly on the older side so conveying why MBA at this time is important will be the key. Darden is a great school and I think you have everything in your profile for it.
  • 90% | 1 week ago

    The Good: I love your profile. Your stories. I know there isn't much room here but you'll fill that out on your application. You're going to need to pick one or two stories and sow them together so seamlessly to create the same effect that I read through your profile: determination, love, and integrity. My guess is the adcom at Darden will see this too. I'll eat my hat if you don't get in. The Bad: Your GPA is a big issue. Get help to overcome this. The Ugly: Your clock is ticking. If you don't get an acceptance this year from your target school or consideration set and you didn't hire an admissions consultant this year, please reapply with the help of a ...
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