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Candidate:

Mr. Samaritan Analyst

About Me:

While others are relaxing after a long day of work, I’m busy leading Lazarus Rising – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit startup providing job search assistance to homeless participants. I’m challenged daily to inspire a team of 25+ changemakers working on a part-time/pro bono basis and to learn the necessary skills to drive an organization forward. Working simultaneously full-time as a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs and part-time as the Chief Strategy Officer at Lazarus Rising has equipped me with a broad skill set and a unique perspective to solving problems.

Details:

Undergrad School: Binghamton University

Undergrad Major: Accounting

GPA: 3.87

GMAT: 690

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Chief Strategy Officer at Lazarus Rising - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing job search assistance to homeless participants in 6 cities

Work History:

Title: Senior Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 7 mos

Big Life Wins:

– GS Analyst Impact Fund Semifinalist – raised $2,500 for Lazarus Rising; top 25 out of 365 analyst teams
– GS Accelerate – advanced to Phase II (15% out of 900 firmwide proposals) pitching a new business idea for consumer business
– Salesforce Philanthropy/Foundation Partner Innovation Award Winner (2018)

Post MBA Goal:

I want to be at the forefront of emerging technologies that are only starting to disrupt the financial services industry. I aspire to lead an organization that leverages blockchain and artificial intelligence to improve the financial well-being of others, and drive the expansion of financial services to the unbanked and underbanked. Further into my career I aspire to become an angel investor, leveraging my product experience in financial services to identify emerging fintechs and help them grow.

Schools:

Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB, MIT Sloan, Ross, Duke Fuqua, Berkeley Haas

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 32%

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

    Let me just say that I love your story. Working full-time as a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs while also sserving as the Chief Strategy Officer at Lazarus Rising is super impressive. The question is whether your work experience and extras can overcome a few other issues with your candidacy. While your GPA is terrific, your undergraduate degree is not from either an Ivy League or near Ivy school. That does matter at HBS, though landing that Goldman job may offset it. But it’s worth pointing out that in HBS’ Class of 2020, there’s not a single graduate from Binghamton University. In fact, there’s not a single graduate from any of the schools in the State University of New York system. Some 37% of the …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello Mr. Samaritan Analyst! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. WOW is about all I can say right now. I love this rare and interesting GS/Lazarus combination. I’ve worked with great GS people who had a few strong extracurriculars, but nothing at this level of commitment! It says volumes about your character and will really set you apart during this process. However, that 690 and the 2.5 years of work experience are going to hold you back at the top level. So the question becomes…do you want your MBA right now? If so, Fuqua, Ross, Stern etc would love to have you. But if you are really hoping to make H/S/W happen, please invest in the GMAT (or switch to the GRE), and consider adding another …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Very impressive, robust professional profile with substantial for-profit and non-profit components. Adcoms should love the combo of being a GS senior analyst — with quantified impact — who’s also chief strategist for an organizing helping homeless people get jobs. All that at age 24! Your post-MBA career goal is awesome and believable. Kudos on your strong GPA in accounting. However (you knew that was coming) that 690 GMAT doesn’t cut it. Surely someone with your academic and professional background can get a 730+ with some additional prep. Especially at your age, targeting the top schools makes good sense. No need to “settle” so give HBS and the others your best shot after bumping up that GMAT.

    2 months ago

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 30%

  • 10% | 2 months ago

    The nonprofit you lead gives you a slightly higher chance at Stanford than HBS (15%). You have to retake the GMAT but even then, I am unsure what you do at GS but since the description is vague, I will assume it is not a front office role (overcomeable but difficult depending on what it is). You will also need to convince adcoms you have made a difference and were a top performer in whatever it is you were doing at GS. Not counting this one against you, but your goals are also too vague in the context of short term. Pick a company/role that hires MBAs you would want to recruit for, and combine that with the goals you have listed for the long term. Sloan ...
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