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Mr. Army Prop Trader

About Me:

I went to the Air Force Academy, graduated into the Army after making the switch based on job opportunities. I spent 6 years in the Army, developed leadership/managerial skills, deployed once as well. Medically retired from the Army following back surgery, moved to Canada to be with my wife, where I got a role as a trader at a small hedge fund.


Undergrad School: United States Air Force Academy

Undergrad Major: Business

GPA: 2.31

GRE: 313

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: CFA Level 1

Work History:

Title: Associate Trader/Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 2 mos

Title: Infantry Officer (Captain)

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Army

Length of Employment: 6 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Transitioning out of the military can be difficult for many people, I was no exception and I am happy and relieved to have the transition be a success. I also had to learn French in order to work at my current role (Hedge fund, but in French-speaking Quebec) and that was a tough learning curve that I am still working on.

Post MBA Goal:

Ideally, the MBA would enable me to work at a larger, more sophisticated firm, where I would work on more strategic, complex trading/investing strategies, versus the more liquidity/tactical strategies I employ at my current firm.


Target School: NYU Stern

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    You’ve made some really interesting transitions in your young life so far: From graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, only to go to work in the U.S. Army, to moving to Canada, learning French and convincing a hedge fund to give you a host. It all tells me you’re one driven dude. NYU Stern is a good choice for your goals but you have to have other options because the odds are against you because of your low GPA of 2.3 and you GRE score of 313 which is below NYU’s class average of 322. You need a good explanation for that 2.3 and it can’t be, “I was immature and had a helluva lot of fun.” You need to apply to a greater …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 14%

  • 20% | 1 month ago

    Very hard to overcome that GPA without an outsized GRE score or an alternative transcript.
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  • 5% | 1 month ago

    2.31? And a very low GRE?
  • 20% | 1 month ago

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