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Mr. Mini Car Racer

About Me:

I’m fully bilingual, build and race mini self-driving cars, and settled into an unfulfilling job at a top tech company and want out


Undergrad School: University of Pittsburgh

Undergrad Major: Philosophy

GPA: 2.56

GRE: 332

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Started eSports club in college and was president and captain of school team, started and ran a cyber security club, volunteered at education non-profit for six years, rock climbing for four years

Work History:

Title: Premier Field Engineer

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Title: Cloud Consultant

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

Was able to turn a degree in philosophy into a top tech job in less than two years Won multiple chess/eSports tournaments worth thousands of dollars

Post MBA Goal:

Short term, return to a big international company (Google/Microsoft) as a PM. Middle term, move to a PM role at a company I’m more passionate about (autonomous cars, probably) Long term, join/start/run an autonomous car or urban innovation company


Target School: INSEAD

Status: Open

Considering: Said Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 12%

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

    Wow. For a philosophy major with a 2.56 GPA from the University of Pittsburgh, you have really done well for yourself landing a plum job with a Fortune 10 company in the tech field. That tells me a lot about how driven and hard-working you are, not to mention ambitious. You clearly have a fire in that belly of yours and that is a tremendous advantage to you in the competitive race to get into a great MBA program like INSEAD. I have some bad news for you, however. INSEAD is the only school that will not accept a GRE score if you live in an area where you can take the GMAT. Given your work for a Fortune 10 company, I have to assume …

    7 months ago Read the full review
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Mini Car Racer! It’s Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant here. I’ll admit I’m not much of a techie and didn’t know much about mini car racing, but how cool! I love that you can bring that personal passion to connect to your long-term career goals. In terms of your goal, you remind me of a previous client (at Kellogg now) who wanted to work in the autonomous vehicle space. From our conversations, I gathered that there are lots of problems to still figure out in that space and that creates a prime opportunity for innovation, critical thinking, and other MBA skills. As you know, your GPA is going to be a challenge. Plan to write an optional essay about that to own up …

    7 months ago Read the full review

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 20%

  • 15% | 2 months ago

  • 25% | 7 months ago

    You seem to have a lot of drive (no pun intended), confidence, and the spirit of an innovator but to get accepted and complete an MBA you'll need a bigger motivator than being unfulfilled in your current role. You'll be with others with the same drive & confidence. I'm sure there's more to your story and it's going to need to be impactful to overcome your GPA. Sorry - tough love. I wish we could know more. Can you update your profile and expand? Philosophy to MBA is awesome, by the way. It is a degree worth earning and can only expand the first part of your journey. Good luck!

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