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Mr. Marine To Finance

About Me:

Eight years in USMC leading teams of 50 Marines in combat and security operations across five continents. Looking to transition to a new set of challenges in investment banking.


Undergrad School: UMASS-Amherst

Undergrad Major: Journalism & PoliSci

GPA: 3.34

GMAT: 700

Age: 33,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Post Grad Certificate in Intelligence

School Name: Johns Hopkins University

Extracurriculars: Pro bono financial counseling for indebted service members, Literacy development volunteer in local under served high school, Lots of writing experience, several articles published in Marine Corps trade journal

Work History:

Title: FAST Platoon Commander

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Marines

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Weapons Platoon Commander

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Marines

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Commanded decentralized simultaneous operations against Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and ISIS. First place in class in Baja 4000 charity rally race. Started a successful business while active duty. Pre-military, ran operations for a successful political campaign. Undergrad semester abroad; development service learning in rural Senegal.

Post MBA Goal:

Investment Banking, ideally Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan. Ultimately lead boutique impact investing firm in order to help people build the firms and businesses of tomorrow.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, Columbia, Berkeley Haas, Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Cornell Johnson


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Marine to Finance, Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission here. I like a lot of things I see here– leadership in what sounds like complex and stressful situations, entrepreneurship on the side of your service (doing what?), meaningful volunteer work…but I have to say, I agree with the consensus so far that your stats are just a hurdle that will be hard to overcome for GSB (and many M7s). Melisa has an interesting contrarian goal strategy–look for programs who don’t often attract people who want finance– but I actually would include schools who DO send people to finance as well, just ones that have more flexibility on stats and a higher admit rate. In particular, I’ll highlight Cornell from your list as a …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Mr. Marine to Finance – Thank you for your service on the front lines!

    Susan Cera here from Stratus. I won’t be the first to tell you that your stats are below average for Stanford. While your community engagement through financial counseling and literacy development are admirable, I’m not seeing the ‘spike’ that Stanford will be looking for. Frankly, Stanford is a crap shoot even if you have amazing stats and started a non-profit. Right now your ‘story’ feels somewhat disjointed.

    I do think you have a good shot at T15 schools. If ibanking is the direction that you want to go, look for programs that want more students looking to recruit into IB. Darden and Kellogg come to mind and would be more achievable.

    Wishing you …

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    Hi Mr. Marine To Finance Krista from mbaMission here. Thanks for posting and thanks for your service. Military applicants are always welcomed by all the top b-schools, and your realistic portfolio of schools means that you'll do well during this very competitive process. You've listed your target school at GSB, which is the toughest b-school to crack. What we typically see at the GSB/HBS level are the most elite of military applicants, and while I definitely think the Marine Corps does well here, the challenge is that we don't know what your Marine competition looks like. You might be better positioned to evaluate that -- think of who you might be competing with and how you stack up. The other question mark here is ...
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