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Mr. Cal Poly

About Me:

I am a self-made individual who powered through life’s trials, obstacles and hardships to survive and become a first-generation college graduate, who now serves as an Economic Policy Consultant for the world’s 5th Largest economy (California). My professional experiences converge together into the business and economic development policy space.


Undergrad School: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Undergrad Major: Agricultural Business

GPA: 3.2

GRE: 317

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Certificiate in Applied Public Policy & Government

School Name: California State University, Sacramento

Extracurriculars: Capitol LGBT Association Board, Capital Fellow's Alumni Association Board, California State Future Farmers of America (FFA) - Marketing Plan Competitive Event Council

Work History:

Title: Legislative Aide

Industry: Government


Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Jobs & Economic Policy Consultant - California State Assembly

Industry: Government


Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

– Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship (nationally and competitively recognized as one of the top 10 public policy and government fellowships) – 2017 National Agri-Marketing Association’s Student Marketing Competition National Champion – Cal Poly Agribusiness Clubs’ Emerging Leader Award – Cal Poly University-Wide Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

Post MBA Goal:

My primary goals post-MBA include diving deep into the public sector consulting world. Many governmental organizations are calling upon top management consulting firms like McKinsey, Bain, and even the Economist’s Intelligence Unit to provide management advice as well as public policy guidance. An MBA would provide great tools to succeed here.


Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, MIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas, Duke Fuqua, Georgetown McDonough, Ross


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    I like the way you describe yourself: “I am a self-made individual who powered through life’s trials, obstacles and hardships to survive and become a first-generation college graduate.” That alone, along with your nontraditional work experience, makes you an appealing candidate in my mind. But Chicago Booth is going to be tough. While Booth accepts GRE scores, it was a laggard in finally agreeing to accept them. In the latest incoming class of MBAs, 13% of the enrolled students submitted a GRE instead of GMAT which I believe is slightly preferred by Booth which also does not disclose the average or median GRE scores. Though you didn’t break down your verbal and quant sides on the GRE (which makes it more difficult to convert into …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hello Mr. Cal Poly! Thanks for posting. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Chicago Booth grad too!
    I love your goals and find them very logical given your background. B-schools will too. However, they may not be able to overlook your GRE score (I’d prefer to see 162/162 to make this an easier process for you) or your two years’ of work experience upon application. B-schools want students who can really share a lot with their classmates, and while you certainly will have a unique perspective, do you have enough experience to share? (You can always argue that you do but it can still be tough given the competition we’re talking about here.)
    While I wouldn’t dissuade you from applying this year — you’ve gotta be in …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Cal-Poly, This is Donna Bauman at Stratus Admissions Counseling weighing in on your profile. Congratulations on being the first to graduate college from your family. That is a huge accomplishment and something that MBA programs view favorably. The challenges you face at Booth will be related to tough competition. Your stats and work experience are not quite at the Booth averages. So you have to ask yourself if you are not over the bar on test score (GRE), GPA or work experience—where can you hit a home run? One way is to know more about the school than other applicants—perhaps reach out to the OUTreach club at Booth to talk to students about the LGBT community and to make connections to learn more …

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