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Mr. Almost Olympics

About Me:

Dual passport holder (US/NZ) who graduated top 20% of the class at a leading engineering school in New Zealand while in parallel, pursuing my athletic goals. Represented USA and played sports professionally for ~3yrs. EC’s have exposed me to working with NFP/Social Enterprise and I aspire to lead or start a purpose-driven organization in NZ in the future.


Undergrad School: University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Undergrad Major: BEng (Civil Engineering)

GPA: 3.4

GMAT: 740

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Non-profit board member for national charity with close personal connection, Chair of national industry network for young professionals (~800 members)

Work History:

Title: Project Manager

Industry: Construction Management

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Athlete

Industry: Professional Sport

Company: Men's National Team

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

Had the opportunity to move to Europe to play sports professionally and also represented the US Men’s Team. Traveled globally competing in various tournaments including Olympic Qualifiers. Youngest board member in organizations history of charity in NZ with deep personal connections.

Post MBA Goal:

Aspire to gain a strong toolkit of strategy/business skills through post-MBA experience in consulting at MBB. Transition to role consulting for or within a purpose-driven organization (Gates Foundation/Bridgespan Group/World Economic Forum etc.) Eventually lead/start a business back in New Zealand with the best practice experience gained from abroad.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB, Kellogg, Yale, INSEAD, Said Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 28%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi Mr. Almost Olympics! This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. I think you’ve got a lot of strong points in your profile that Harvard (and other schools) will like. First, I think they will like your engineering background to prove your technical skills, and the well-rounded nature of your project management work. I also love that you are not just involved in activities outside work, but you are taking big leadership roles in those activities. Your athletics career will be a big selling point, especially considering the international exposure that came with it. Applying from NZ is a nice boost too, as we don’t see as many applicants from there. I think the challenges for Harvard could be GPA < their average (though coming …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi Mr. Almost Olympics, this is Donna Bauman with Stratus Admissions and you had me at New Zealand. My daughter was doing her study abroad there this semester and having the time of her life until Covid changed her plans. I am even more determined to visit this beautiful country one day! When I look at your profile for HBS, I see the potential to present well as I see some strong leadership already—and HBS is not looking to make you a leader but rather to educate people who already leaders to help them make a difference in the world. I see that potential in you even from this brief intro—of course—seeing the potential and getting in are 2 different things but I think you …

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