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Mr. PE Strategist

About Me:

I went to an at-risk high school. Before Undergrad, I never took school seriously. I did not think I would have even gotten into undergrad. I felt that has held me back a lot in the academic and professional world. I constantly strive to succeed academically and professionally, and I want the MBA to help me in that path. I am passionate about finance, and strategy. I like learning how businesses work, specifically from a strategic perspective. My GPA would have been 3.8 if not for a motorcycle accident.


Undergrad School: University of Waterloo

Undergrad Major: Accounting and Finance

GPA: 3.6

GRE: 326

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: MSc Economics

School Name: University of Cambridge

Extracurriculars: President NFP helping connect professionals and university students.

Work History:

Title: Consultant, Strategy& (PwC)

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Corporate Strategy Associate, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

After graduating from undergrad, I launched a non-profit (and for-profit) to guide university and high school students through the workplace; something I am passionate about for personal reasons. After undergrad, I joined Strategy& (PwC) in the Financial Services sector. Upon receiving my Masters I joined Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan in the Corporate Strategy Group.

Post MBA Goal:

I am looking to transition into Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan PE group before I leave for the MBA then using the MBA to break into PE in the US (at a KKR, Blackstone, etc.).


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, MIT Sloan


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

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

    Mr. PE Strategist, you remind me of myself in high school. I took it all for granted, not understanding the importance of a foundational education, only to find myself in college. So off the bat, just know I’m really rooting for you. The fact that you did so well in undergrad and would have done even better if not for a motorcycle accident tells me a lot about your diligence and your smarts. And then, you top that off with a degree from Cambridge. Bravo for you. Now you are knocking on a very difficult door to open, especially as someone from an overrepresented part of the pool. But since you are in Canada and an international student who should not face travel restrictions or …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi, Mr. PE Strategist, this is Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission. Wow, it sounds like you overcame a lot to get to where you are…congratulations on your persistence and dedication. I also love how you went beyond your own situation and launched a program to help others. I always struggle to understand the timing of these profiles – are you waiting for news, as John suggests, or looking at a R1 app? Given this uncertainty, I won’t dwell on weak points in your application, though I agree about using the optional essay for context to your undergrad performance and trying a GRE retake, especially if your quant side is lower than 70th percentile. My biggest concern is your PE goal of KKR/Blackstone …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello Mr. PE Strategist. I’m Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions, a former MIT Sloan adcomm. First off, I am sorry you had a difficult start in life but you have made incredible strides to overcome that and have achieved success while helping others do the same. Kudos to you. I see a great story in the making here, graduate of top Canadian uni launches firm to help others achieve success while working FT as a consultant. I hope I got the timing right, it seems like you did both simultaneously. Are you still involved with this group? I want to know more about it and adcomms will too.

    Your stats are solid but on the low side for your target schools and you are …

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