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Mr. AI in Asia

About Me:

Classic Asian immigrant arriving in 3rd grade, returned to work in Asia post-college. Undergrad program has a track-record of H/W admits, albeit with GPAs higher than mine (3.5+ vs 3.25). Should I re-apply to these schools’ upcoming R1, especially if MIT turns me down? Confident in story and application execution but low gpa/overrepresented/age hurts.


Undergrad School: University of Toronto

Undergrad Major: Engineering

GPA: 3.25

GMAT: 760

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: CFA Charterholder

Extracurriculars: Annual fundraisers for poor schoolchildren in the Tibetian Plateau, Volunteer Judge and Mentor for an AI Incubator/accelerator

Work History:

Title: Investment Banking Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 9 mos

Title: Senior Associate, Investments & Financing

Industry: Technology

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

Starting a family while young. Landing investment banking role with low GPA. Current firm is a well-known and young tech unicorn, not Google/Facebook/Apple. Contributed to its un-real growth while here.

Post MBA Goal:

Entrepreneurship in a particular segment of the AI supply chain. Long-only investment management (E.g. Fidelity) is the only other path I may consider.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Rejected

Considering: Wharton, Stanford GSB, MIT Sloan

Invited to Interview: MIT Sloan

Rejected: Wharton


  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief |

    Also sorry to hear about your news from Harvard and Wharton. You are really accomplished. I think the GPA and being in a highly overrepresented part of the applicant pool is what did you in. Stanford will be tough for the same reasons, though the fact that you played a role in the growth of the unicorn you are with could make a difference. We’re all rooting for you at MIT Sloan. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

    4 months ago
  • The MBA Exchange |

    Hi Mr. AI in Asia! This is JP from The MBA Exchange. I’ve had loads of experience with reapplicants, and was a reapplicant myself. Having spent more than a decade in Asia and done my higher education in North America, I think I have a good grasp of your profile and situation. There are two big pieces to consider based on what you described:

    1) An interview at MIT doesn’t automatically translate into an acceptance. The process is still incredibly selective at that stage. Even if you are granted a seat and accept it, it’s important that you assess whether you’re taking it ‘by default’ rather than loving the program, and whether you’re going to have any regrets about the …

    4 months ago Read the full review
  • mbaMission |

    Hi, Mr. AI in Asia. Julie-Anne Heafey here with mbaMission. I’m sorry to hear about your results with Harvard and Wharton; those are very tough schools, so I wouldn’t beat yourself up. And good luck with MIT – that’s great that you got an interview there. Crossing fingers for you!

    With regard to reapplying – your chances of success will tend to depend on 2 things – 1) why were you rejected in the first place? is this something that can be improved on? and 2) can you show growth/progress vs. when you last applied? There are many reasons you might not have gotten through at HBS and Wharton – as I said, it’s tough! Your GPA was …

    4 months ago Read the full review

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