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Mr. Pretty Bland

About Me:

I feel like I’ve got a pretty bland profile so not sure how far I’ll go. Want to use MBA to pivot to a better Consulting Group (MBB). Currently work in NYC but open to new geography. I already do a type of management consulting so hopefully its not a big career switch.


Undergrad School: NYU

Undergrad Major: Finance and Math

GPA: 3.5

GMAT: 710

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Mentoring and education oriented ECs (nothing impressive but enough to show I'm involved and give back)

Work History:

Title: FTI Consulting

Industry: Consulting


Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 6 mos

Post MBA Goal:

MBB consulting in healthcare (my current WE is healthcare consulting)


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Invited to Interview

Considering: MIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 35%

    I really don’t think anyone is bland. You have to find your special sauce and put it forward to increase your chances of admission. With five solid years of consulting experience under your belt and an NYU degree in finance and math, you are a solid candidate. Sure, you aren’t working for MBB or Deloitte or Accenture. And sure your GMAT score is solid but 20 points under Kellogg’s latest class average of 730. So this is where your story and your recommenders will have an important impact on your chances. If you hadn’t already applied, I would have advised you to get some help with the introspective part of the application process that leads to writing more effective essays. And I would have had …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello Mr. Pretty Bland! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    Firstly…no one is bland. Sell yourself a little bit here! This is the one time in your life where you are allowed to humble brag a bit! Ask your friends and family what makes you interesting and I am sure you will come up with something.
    In my experience, b-schools love healthcare consulting candidates. You have deep knowledge and niche expertise of a field that is increasingly important as populations age. My question for you is what’s going to be different about you post-MBA? I find that b-schools aren’t too keen on “I want to use you for the brand so I can get a better job.” Instead, tell them what you bring to the table …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Pretty Bland, this is Donna Bauman, Senior MBA Admissions Counselor for Stratus Admissions weighing in on your profile. Your “pretty bland” comment reminds me of how a former admissions colleague used to talk about the value of the solid “meat and potatoes” candidates. The fact is every program needs solid applicants to be the foundation of their program. And frankly, your 710 GMAT and 3.5 gpa in finance and math make you a supremely solid candidate than most programs would want to consider—and there is nothing bland about that at all! I like that you have healthcare consulting already. I’d focus more on what you hope to gain from the MBA and not state just MBB for consulting. There are many niche players …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 27%

  • 25% | 1 month ago

    If you consider yourself pretty bland, why wouldn't admissions feel the same way? Do you take on extracurriculars at work? Have you taken a leadership position at the mentoring/education oriented Ecs you're involved with? If not, you should consider it. You have a strong background in consulting and competitive grades, so why not take it an extra step to get to your goal? You also may be able to get into MBB without an MBA if you network extensively and present yourself in the best light.
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