Mr. Military In Silicon Valley

About Me:

Served in the Marines where I really learned leadership, and then continued practicing leadership by being president of two large undergrad organizations. Leadership and managing people is my best skill, want to do an MBA to learn the business side of things before I can get to MBB and then a good management role, or VC/PE


Target School: Kellogg SOM

Considering: Wharton, USC Marshall, Columbia

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Application Status:


Undergrad School: State School in California

Undergrad Major: International Relations

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 720

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Business fraternity founding board member - studied abroad in Europe twice, student veteran organization president, social fraternity president

Work History:

Title: Sales

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Co-Founder

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Won a lot of awards and accolades in the Marines. Co-founded a highly profitable cloud consulting firm. I run the business side, marketing, strategy, sales, etc and the other founder runs the engineering/products Post-undergrad: Landed a sales job at a highly selective silicon valley tech company that doesn’t really hire people fresh out of school.

Post MBA Goal:

Consulting for MBB! Then VC/PE or general management


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The Experts Rate The Odds At: 19%

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    3 years ago
  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 25%

    You say you went to a state school in California so I presume it was not Berkeley or UCLA. That could make something of a difference in your application to Kellogg because you will be competing against other candidates with higher GPAs from more prestigious undergraduate institutions. That said, your service in the U.S. Marines and your being a co-founder of a successful company is certainly impressive. You would definitely increase your odds of an admit at Kellogg with a higher GMAT score–and a better chance of landing an MBB job with a slightly higher GMAT as well.. In any case, I think you have a real shot at Tepper, Marshall, and potentially UCLA.

    4 years ago
  • Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Came across your profile late in the day but am hoping this review is still useful in some way. You are ideal Kellogg material in my book. (We will come to GPA later). It seems you picked up real skills in the Marines (though not sure how long that stint was for as you also note 6 years of workex). Kellogg loves people oriented profiles and also loves sales professionals, entrepreneurs and internationally minded folks. You tick all boxes. So execute well and explain how you are able to accomplish so much at such a young age. Of all the M7, Kellogg has lowest GPA so that works in your favor. That said you are …

    4 years ago Read the full review
  • mbaMission Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. Military in Silicon Valley, this is Julie-Anne Heafey with mbaMission. Business school ad coms do tend to love military applicants with great leadership stories, and I also like your entrepreneurship background with the cloud consulting firm – very cool. I see a couple of red flags that worry me, though. I’m sure you’re aware that your GPA is below average – a 3.0 is a tough sell at M7 schools. It’s not IMPOSSIBLE, we work with clients all the time to mitigate the damage of a low GPA, but I agree, you should retake that GMAT to try to help compensate for your undergrad performance. Honestly, though, the bigger question I have is on your goals. Consulting is …

    4 years ago Read the full review
  • Stratus Admissions Counseling Odds Assessment: 15%

    This is Donna Bauman, Senior Admissions Counselor at Stratus Admissions Counseling weighing in on your profile. Thank you for your military service! One thing that I am confused about in your background is how you have fit so much life into your 26 years! You have 6 years of work experience listed – not even counting your time in the Marines—so I’m not quite sure how you’ve managed to do all this and graduate college too! Perhaps you don’t sleep! I think one question Kellogg or any MBA program would ask is why you even need an MBA if you have already successfully founded a highly profitable cloud consulting firm—so be sure you have some specific examples of where you have struggled and how an …

    4 years ago Read the full review

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 23%

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  • 25% | 4 years ago

    Thanks for serving our country. Wishing you only the best.
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  • 35% | 4 years ago

    Thank you for your service and best of luck to you!

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