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Mr. Narwhal

About Me:

Engineer-mountain-runner in California wanting to pivot into VC roles from engineering after almost a decade in the semiconductor industry. I applied to part-time programs and got an admit from Kellogg but after researching seems like part-time might not cut it for me. Skeptical if low GMAT could get me into top-10 Full-Time MBA programs.


Undergrad School: Delhi College of Engineering

Undergrad Major: Electrical Engineering

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 700

Age: 34,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Masters in Electrical Engineering

School Name: North Carolina State Univ

Extracurriculars: Member, Indian National Mountain/Trailrunning team; Ranked in top 10th athletes in the country, Operations and fundraising for a non-profit for providing telemedicine to tribals in Madhya Pradesh, India

Work History:

Title: Technical Marketing Engg

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 9 mos

Title: Strategic Applications Engineer

Industry: Power / Energy

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 5 mos

Big Life Wins:

Work success: Getting a $100M contract with a big corporation for my previous startup. Being able to transition from an engineering role on an H1-B to a marketing role. Extracurricular success: Professional athlete parallelly and volunteer to make a difference in the world.

Post MBA Goal:

After working in various engineering/marketing roles in India and US, I want to get an MBA to pivot into VC/finance industry as I am no longer interested in the semiconductor industry. Personally, I’d continue working on mountain running and want to break into top-3 in the country.


Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Mr. Narwhal – Thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera here from Stratus.

    First, congratulations on your acceptance into Kellogg! This should give you confidence as you apply to other programs.

    I’m less bullish on your profile for the 2 year Booth program. Your GMAT score is below average, you come from an over-represented demographic and both your age and years of work experience put you outside the 80% range of the class profile. Making a move to VC without previous experience in ibanking will likely be a challenge. I will offer a few suggestions. 1) Pursue your MBA part-time and look to transition into a business development or corporate strategy role within the technology space you are familiar with. This will be steps in the right …

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