Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback

About Me:

I’m a Cyber Officer in the Air Force and have enjoyed my time so far, but am looking to the future, and do not think I want to spend 20+ years in the Air Force. I probably will not be applying for another 2 or 3 years, but would love some feedback on what would strengthen my application.

My GRE is a 329, but the Q161 is on the lower side. Do I need to retake it? Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thanks for the help!


Target School: Harvard

Considering: Columbia, Wharton, Chicago Booth

See More Profiles For: Harvard

Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: United States Air Force Academy

Undergrad Major: Management

GPA: 3.2

GRE: 329

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Extracurriculars: Woodworking, and 3D design and production.

Work History:

Title: Cyber Officer

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Air Force

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 4 mos

Big Life Wins:

1) Just got back from a deployment where I got to work all over the Middle East solving problems, and seeing the real-world impacts of my work.

2) In my free time I am learning 3D design and have leveraged that to do some 3D printing/CNC work as a side project

Post MBA Goal:

I have friends who work in Consulting and it seems to be a challenging yet rewarding career path. I have a lot of experience meeting with military “customers” to find IT solutions to their problems so I think it would be a good fit.

I also am interested in potentially working overseas: UK, Germany, France ect.


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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Ordinarily, I would not urge you to retake the GRE because your overall score of 329 is pretty much on target for HBS. But your quant score is two points below the median and that worries me only because your GPA is below the class average by several points. So by all means, retake the GRE to make sure your score offsets that GPA which you can’t really do anything about. If there is a solid reason for that GPA, do express it and indicate that it is not indicative of your academic abilities. Otherwise, your work experience, along with leadership exposure, speaks for itself and is solid as is your post-MBA goals. As much as I hate standardized test scores and their importance in …

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    In the class that just graduated, there were 19 Army vets, 14 Navy vets, 4 Marine vets, and only 2 Air Force vets (and on a side note notably only one female in the entire group). So getting into Harvard from the Air Force poses its own problem. Coupled with a low gpa and not being a pilot, Harvard is a pretty big stretch. I would suggest Darden and Fuqua, and working on an extracurricular which benefits others over the next couple of years.
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