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Mr. Conquering Adversity

About Me:

Applying to the 2+2 deferred program. Several extenuating circumstances in college attributed to my low GPA: 1) Working 30-40 hours throughout college 2) Being in the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting 3) My mother was diagnosed with stage two melanoma, resulting in me working 50-60 hours a week to afford apartment rent 4) My sister’s rape


Undergrad School: California State University, Northridge

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 2.7

GMAT: 720

Age: 22,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: CORe Readiness

School Name: Harvard Business School Online

Extracurriculars: Blues Project (Mental Health Awareness) Peer Educator, Student Finance Association, VP of Finance, American Marketing Association, VP of Marketing

Work History:

Title: Global Brand Marketing Intern

Industry: Media

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 5 mos

Title: Digital Analyst

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Post MBA Goal:

Short term: Work in the tech industry in marketing (particularly product or brand marketing). Long term: Entrepreneurship; create my own tech company that is geared around mental health.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 12%

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

    You have one of the more powerful stories I have ever read. The tests you have endured and triumphed over in recent years tells me a lot about you. Honestly, I want to reach out and give you a hug. That’s especially so because while you have faced much adversity, the things that HBS cares about just don’t line up for a positive outcome. I really hope I am wrong here. But the fact that you are at a UC state school, a non-STEM major, and have a 2.7 GPA (which is not only completely understandable given what you have been through–in fact, it is surprising that you held in and didn’t dropout given the hurdles you have had to overcome). Your 720 GMAT is …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr Conquering Adversity, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. My first clarification would be around the fact that you are seeking the 2+2 deferred program but it seems you already have full time experience. If this experience was along with your college degree, as mentioned in the “about me” section, add 5% to your chances of acceptance and it grows to a 20% chance. From what you describe it seems you have already lived several lifetimes in one. Most people will find it difficult to come back from even one of the adversities you mention, and you seem to have conquered several at once. It almost makes this an unbelievable scenario. For a while I even gave in to the thought …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Conquering Adversity
    Thanks for posting and sharing our story with you. I encourage you to apply to 2+2 program this year (assuming you are still in your final year of college) and see what happens. While it can be very difficult to break into top programs with a 2.7 GPA, I think your story is so unique and different that if they were to take anyone with a 2.7, it might be you. You have a great GPA and a decent GMAT score so lean on those things. I would encourage you to add more 2+2 programs to your list though…please don’t put all your eggs in the HBS basket, which is tougher than tough even for the strongest of candidates! I wish you …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Mr. Conquering Adversity – Thanks for sharing your profile. Susan Cera here from Stratus. While I admire the resilience and perseverance you have shown in dealing with family and personal issues and working to put yourself through undergrad, I’m concerned that admissions committee will want to see a few years of work and possibly even an alternative transcript (take an online math class to show that you are now an A student) to be able to look away from the subpar GPA.
    I’m impressed that you were still able to hold some leadership roles while juggling work and school. Continue to build on these when you enter the workforce. I think you have the potential to be a solid candidate in a few years.
    All the best.

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