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Mr. Fencer

About Me:

Senior market analyst for major financial data firm (Bloomberg/Thomson Reuters/Factset) on a team that specializes in corporate syndicated loans. Responsible for data analysis and client interaction. In my spare time I am a coach for a local fencing club, and am also the director of a charity that the club owners run.


Undergrad School: Lafayette College

Undergrad Major: Economics/Finance

GPA: 3.48

GMAT: 740

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: FISD Professional Certification

School Name: Software & Information Industry Association

Extracurriculars: Division 1 Varsity Fencing, Coach for a fencing club in local area, Director for small fencing-related charity run by owners of the fencing club I teach at - organization's goal is to help athletes reach their competitive goals in the sport

Work History:

Title: Senior Market Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Market Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

1) Led a three-month long training program for new analysts in an overseas location in Asia. Program involved spending 10 days in this location teaching the team on the ground. 2) Currently in charge of the production side of company’s syndicated loans league tables. I lead a team of about 7 that collects data from over 90 banks/PE firms.

Post MBA Goal:

Post MBA I’d like to pivot to consulting.


Target School: Yale

Status: Open

Considering: Tuck, MIT Sloan, Cornell Johnson, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 50%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    You have a really solid story and check off the boxes on all the stats, even if they are more or less on the averages at Yale. Your big life wins are a very big plus, elevating you out of the big pool of finance types that apply to Yale and several of the other schools you are targeting. If you’re missing anything, it’s that do-gooder thing which can be important at Yale. But your being a Division 1 athlete in a field such as fencing and your continued involvement in the sport could offset this. It would be helpful for admissions to know how successful you’ve been in raising money as the director of the charity. The more, the better. Regardless, I think your …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hello Mr. Fencer! Thanks for posting. Krista Nannery here from mbaMission. (And hah…I spent 18 years at Morningstar!)
    Firstly, I love your school portfolio. I think you’ve put together a really realistic set of programs that will give you multiple options assuming you execute well. You’ve got Yale and Sloan on the reach end of things (where they really care about stats) and Cornell on the safer end of the spectrum.
    B-schools also love Division 1 athletes and Fencers don’t come along all that often so you are sure to stand out in this process. You also have international work experience, which I encourage you to play up. My question is…what’s the connection between your past and consulting? How will you tell that story? Make sure …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi, Melisa from Stratus Admissions. As already mentioned, you’ve got a solid set of stats and that with your fencing experience and continue involvement will help you stand out in a competitive finance group. In addition to digging deeper into your community involvement and how you’ve impacted the fencing community, I’d suggest to think through your long term goals in addition to your shorter term goal of consulting. While you need to clearly talk about what you want to do post-MBA, this should be in conjunction with a long term aspiration. Where do you want to be 20 years from now – so that you can tie the whole story together. I work with many clients who start their process knowing that they want to …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hi Mr. Fencer:
    Emily here from The MBA Exchange. I am a former Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School and an application reader at Wharton. In addition, I too was a Division 1 athlete so understand the dedication and commitment needed for that endeavor. Assessing your candidacy with that perspective, I feel you make a solid candidate for your schools of interest. Yale, MIT and NYU will be the toughest in terms of raw numbers. While a 740/3.4 are within the range at these schools, those numbers will not be considered exceptional and competition among applicants from the banking and finance industry is fierce. That said, your professional experience leading a team and heading training outside the US will …

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