Mr. Rural Urbanist

About Me:

Originally from a blue-collar farming community, I went to a small private university before working in investment banking. After banking I decided to help my Dad run the family fertilizer company. I’ve worked with CEOs, bankers, farmers, and plant workers. I’ve seen the need to learn what motivates others and be adaptable to environments.


Target School: Kellogg SOM

Considering: Chicago Booth, Duke Fuqua

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Top Regional Private School in the South

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.85

GMAT: Shooting for 700+

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Church Discipleship Group | Community-Focused Organizations | Golf

Work History:

Title: Investment Banking Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Director of Strategy

Industry: Agriculture

Company: Other

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 3 mos

Big Life Wins:

I went to a non-target school and didn’t know about investment banking until my junior year. Despite this, I found a way to earn a job at a reputable middle market bank. While in banking I closed two buyside transactions and one sellside transaction. In the family business I’ve driven new market sales growth by over 30% in the past two years.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to bridge the gap between rural and urban communities. There is a debilitating lack of continuity between our production-based and service-based regions that must be fixed in order to usher in the next era of American commerce. My desire in pursuing an MBA is to put myself among the best and brightest minds as I work towards this goal.


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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    A good deal of your odds will be based on your eventual GMAT score. That’s because 1) standardized test scores are important at Kellogg and Chicago Booth, in particular, and 2) That is also because by going to what I presume to be an undergraduate institution that is not highly selective is something of a disadvantage when admissions is looking at similar candidates who have better credentials. All that said, you are an unusual candidate, largely because of your background in farming and the fact that you were able to land an I-bnaking job from a non-target school. I am going to assume you will hit 700 on the GMAT. If so, Kellogg should take a look at you and Duke Fuqua could be an …

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