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Mr. Financial Solutions

About Me:

I’m a managing engineer at a consulting firm specializing in injury biomechanics. I’m passionate about community outreach, mentorship, and engagement. I took the GRE cold last year so I’m looking to put my best foot forward and improve that score next time around.


Undergrad School: University of Florida

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineer

GPA: 3.62

GRE: 313

Age: 35,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: Ph.D.

School Name: University of Michigan

Extracurriculars: Philadelphia Open Soccer Coach, Fulbright Alumni Ambassador

Work History:

Title: Managing Engineer

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 2 mos

Big Life Wins:

Won a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa where I did scientific research as well as several community engagement projects. I founded a non-profit focused on providing mentorship to URMs and at-risk youth. I also founded and chaired a DEI initiative at my company, which has been gradually improving diversity metrics.

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to eventually start my own social impact investing firm, focused on investing in financial solutions surrounding healthcare disparities and food insecurity. Immediately after my MBA, I would like to work in strategic consulting at MBB.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, Mr. Financial Solutions. Julie-Anne Heafey with mbaMission here. Gosh, there’s a lot to like here in terms of leadership, with your Fulbright, your nonprofit, and your diversity and inclusion initiative. I do agree that retaking the GRE is a good idea –a 313 is quite low for GSB, and is also something that could hold you back in recruiting at MBB, so do retake. On the “tricky issues” side, MBA programs can be skeptical about PhDs – what’s yours in, by the way – chemical engineering? It’s a little murky for me how that and your current role might relate to impact investing, so that will need explaining. Your age might be an issue as well – the MBA …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Financial Solutions – Thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions at Stratus here.

    There is a lot to like about your profile and vision to change the world! Stanford GSB is looking for ‘spikey’ candidates – those who stand out in one particular way. They can often be forgiving on softer areas (like a lower than average GRE) if they see great strength elsewhere in a candidate’s profile.

    I’m curious, are you applying to the ‘regular’ 2 year MBA program or MSx? While your age makes you a better fit with the MSx cohort, I suspect that your years work experience is closer to that of the 2 year program because you spent a handful of years working on your PhD.

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