Mr. Finance Musician

About Me:

32 white male who has largely stayed in finance. M&A analyst –> associate before leaving for better life balance. I work to live and pursue music and travel as my primary passions. Did not pursue an MBA initially because I am satisfied with my career trajectory, but want to round out my background and improve my optionality.


Undergrad School: University of Illinois

Undergrad Major: Finance & Accountancy

GPA: 3.6

GRE: 330

Age: 32,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Active Musician - guitar player who records original work

Work History:

Title: IB Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Finance Senior Manager

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Professionally, I was recently promoted to act as the finance “gatekeeper” for our customer acquisition activities. It’s a high impact role that influences meaningful investment decisions. Personally, I was able to fulfill a dream after leaving banking by backpacking through Europe for a few months. Easily one of the highlights of my life.

Post MBA Goal:

I ultimately want to become the CFO of a F500. I want to use my MBA to round out my educational background and build a larger professional network. I’d also like to dive deeper into statistics and machine learning, as I can see these disciplines actively affecting the financial industry.


Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Considering: Kellogg


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 45%

  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hi Mr. Finance Musician, what an interesting combination of left and right brain you have in your finance and music interests. This is Donna Bauman with Stratus Admissions and I can see you being a great fit at Booth. When I visited with the Booth admissions team one summer as part of my involvement with the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC), I recall Booth saying they are looking for people who are interested in rigorous inquiry and have a love for learning; a Booth student is bug-eyed for knowledge. You noted statistics and machine learning as areas where you want to dive deeper and Booth can help you do that. You can design the curriculum that suits your interests and I can …

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