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Mr. Data & Strategy

About Me:

During college and the first few years working, my family had major setbacks – essentially falling apart, and I was able to push through and land an entry-level position at a top company and gain acceptance to a part-time master’s program at Georgetown with little support.


Undergrad School: Midwest State School

Undergrad Major: Double Major in Biology and Economics

GPA: 3.4

GMAT: 710 (estimate)

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: MS

School Name: Georgetown McDonough School of Business

Extracurriculars: Published author, Spearheaded volunteering initiative that gained nationwide adoption for department, Started a nonprofit in undergraduate

Work History:

Title: Associate (Internal Strat, Product Management, investment research - first year)

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Title: Product Management, Business Dev

Industry: Technology

Company: Large Private Fintech

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 2 mos

Big Life Wins:

1) Was able to negotiate working between NYC and DC and completed a part-time master’s degree while completing a challenging entry-level training program. 2) Built an analytical tool that generates firm millions in trade flow for current BB that I work at. 3) Helped close a multi-million dollar deal with the White House for the first time in decades at my firm.

Post MBA Goal:

Long term, I want to enter the political arena. Short term, I want to work in VC with perhaps a couple of years in banking beforehand. I am passionate about medical technology and fintech, with my strongest background being in financial technology. The MBA would round out my skills and offer a fresh network.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

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

    You’ve racked up some impressive big wins, including your development of a tool that generates millions for your bulge bracket employer and your multi-million-dollar deal with the White House. And you appear to have a strong narrative story to tell of achievement in the face of significant personal challenge. But you also have a low GPA for HBS and anticipate a below-average GMAT for Harvard where the median is 730. And then you went to a state school in the midwest (so did I, by the way, for a graduate degree), but what that means is that your undergraduate degree is not from a feeder school. Nonetheless, I sense you are a scrappy guy who has worked hard to get where he is (your part-time …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Data and Strategy, this is Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission. At the core, your goals are the biggest issue, because it won’t be clear to Harvard or other business schools exactly what you want to do. I see so many paths open to you, and you strike me as a Renaissance man with your bio/econ double major, book authorship, and thoughts of fintech, medtech, banking, VC and govt. Ultimately you’re going to have to pick a direction and tell a story that helps these disparate things make sense. I’ll warn you – Harvard and other business schools are wary of “degree collectors” so if you can’t show how getting BOTH degrees will propel you to your goal, you may have …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. I think your work experience is really impressive and you can certainly show grit and resilience from the challenges in your personal life. I see a couple possible weaknesses — your goals are too broad so you’ll want to spend the time on self-reflection to really figure out what you want to do and connect the dots both backwards to what you’ve already done and forward to a longer-term job as well. Any of those paths could work but you don’t want to be mentioning all of them. The other weakness could be the other Master’s unless you can really show how you can’t reach your goals without the MBA, so be clear about what skills you’re missing …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Mr. Data and Strategy: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. It sounds like you’ve overcome a lot of challenges and had great success due to your persistence and belief in yourself–all impressive! Without an actual GMAT score, it’s hard to predict your chances but 710 is on the lower side for HBS and the other top schools like CBS and Wharton. I also think you need to tighten up your goals. VC, medical tech and politics could all fit into a cohesive story but it will take some work to have that story make sense in the context of what an MBA can give you. You already have a Masters from McDonough and it is often tough to make …

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