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Mr. First Gen Student

About Me:

As a first-generation college student, I had financial difficulties in college. My father is severely mentally disabled and my mother made minimum wage, so I worked and it hurt my gpa.

I am a product manager with $25MM/yr portfolio, I have launched 5 new products, I manage a team of 3, and I am the youngest product manager at my company ever.


Undergrad School: University of Minnesota

Undergrad Major: Chemical Engineering

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 740

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Engineers Without Borders, Chess Coach - Local Middle School, Chess Coach - Local Middle School

Work History:

Title: Product Manager

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Title: Engineer

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

One of the new products I launched is taking the market by storm. With it, I have secured accounts with major F100 customers that have brought in over $1MM in new recurring revenue.

Post MBA Goal:

Strategy consulting – preferably internal with a F500, but would consider external as well! In the long term, I want to be a leader in my industry that turns small “mom and pop” companies into viable mid-sized businesses.


Target School: Tuck

Status: Open

Considering: Duke Fuqua, Yale, Ross


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 45%

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    Hi Mr. First Gen Student, Kristen from MBA Prep School here. MBA Admissions Committees love a good underdog story, and your progression in spite of some very challenging obstacles should grab their attention. I am incredibly impressed by your professional achievements at this point in your career. Sure, that 3.0 initially doesn’t look good. But 1. you were pursuing a challenging STEM field, 2. you have a legitimate reason for your lower grades (helping pay your way through school), and 3. your career accomplishments and 740 GMAT should more than make up for those weaknesses. Whenever an applicant is working on a high-profile product, it immediately attracts an admissions officer’s attention. Your volunteerism is also a highlight and makes you a well-rounded candidate. You might …

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