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Mr. Overcoming Adversity

About Me:

Proactive individual with a track record on value-creating within emerging economies


Undergrad School: Universidad Javeriana

Undergrad Major: Business

GPA: 3.3

GMAT: 650

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino

Other Degree/Certification: Masters of Finance

School Name: IESA

Extracurriculars: Fishing, Videogames

Work History:

Title: Investment Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Business analyst

Industry: CPG

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

Since 2014 I would describe Venezuela as the “wild west”, a place where institutionalism has been eradicated and the Law is nonexistent. Venezuela suffers various systemic problems that increase exponentially the difficulty of achieving any task. As a recent graduate from Colombia, I arrived in Venezuela in 2017, after my father’s 2 nd bankruptcy, since then I’ve been able to rise in the finance industry in Venezuela, through experiences in Venezuela mayor financial player Private Equity, Banks and Asset Managers. I’ve been working and studying in one of the most hostile places in the world. Though blackouts, mass unrest, violence, and widespread corruption are common, I’ve been able to thrive, through my hard work, entrepreneurial drive and great networking. Unburdening my parents from myself, while also paying for my Master of Finance. This has been my most proud achievement.

Post MBA Goal:

Entrepreneurship through acquisition in Venezuela


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB, MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, INSEAD, Wharton, IMD


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

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

    You’re knocking on the wrong door. Sadly, your numbers just don’t translate into an accept from Stanford. When a school only admits less than 7% of its applicants from an already self-selecting pool of candidates and you come into that pile with a GMAT score that is 84 points below the class average of 734, you are toast. Sure Stanford enrolled one student with a GMAT as low as 600 last year but you can bet that student is exceptional in every other way. Make no mistake, you have a great story to tell but you don’t qualify, as far as I know, as a URM which would help you immensely. You don’t come from a feeder school: There’s not a single GSB student …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, Mr. Overcoming Adversity, Julie-Anne Heafey here from mbaMission. Wow, it sounds like you have incredible stories of resilience and hard work to share, but you are aiming for some tough, tough schools with some serious question marks in your background (low GMAT, low GPA, undergrad from non feeder school and work experience that’s likely…unusual). It’s *possible* to get considered at Stanford with low scores and the right story…I’ve worked with several candidates with GMATs below 700 who have gotten a coveted interview invitation at Stanford, but they’ve had other strengths working in their favor and getting over the finish line is still difficult. It happens, but it isn’t common. So, add other schools to your list and I agree you should …

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  • 10% | 2 months ago

    You have a really impactful story for GSB. GMAT & GPA could hurt. The execution of your essay "What matters to you most" is going to play a significant role. However, given the GSB acceptance rate and class size, you need a bit of luck as well.

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