Mr. Small Towner

About Me:

I’m a small-town kid from Western Pennsylvania who started moving East in increasingly larger increments after high school – first to Penn State, then to Manhattan, and now to Singapore. I’m currently working for a large American bank – and after a long time of being a “quiet” user of P&Q – I’m excited to finally kick off the MBA process!


Undergrad School: Penn State

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: Not yet taken - testing @ 700

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Singapore Chapter Lead Contact - IIRR (Int'l Institute of Rural Reconstruction) Young Professionals Network, IRONMAN finisher, Eagle Scout

Work History:

Title: Associate - Asia Pacific Strategy (Singapore)

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 2 mos

Title: Analyst - Strategy (New York)

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

The “big life win” of my short professional career thus far has been making a move from New York to Singapore last year within my group at the bank. After completing the 18-month analyst program that all fresh grads take on – I networked into and took a new role working directly for the head of Asia Pacific, and was promoted.

Post MBA Goal:

I plan to use an MBA to deepen my education in business/finance while expanding on new interests since undergrad – in the realm of policy, int’l relations, sustainability and development. Ideally, I’ll look to move into a position that uses these ideas to address the “larger” issues facing our planet and global community – beyond just banking.


Target School: Yale

Status: Open

Considering: Duke Fuqua, UCLA Anderson, Georgetown McDonough


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 35%

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

    Mr. Small Towner, I’m glad you decided to end your quiet phase. At such a young age, you’ve accomplished a great deal from your days at Penn State, with a 3.7 GPA, then landing your job as an analyst at a big bank in New York, and finally your move to Singapore and promotion to an associate. I’m also super impressed with your Eagle Scout status and your finish in an Ironman competition. You’ve chosen a great group of schools with world class MBA programs. Any one of them will allow you to fulfill your career dreams. Your chances at Yale are obviously highly dependent on your standardized test score because everything else about your candidacy rings the right bells. If you are testing at …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Mr. Small Towner,
    Western Pennsylvania to Singapore! That’s got to be quite a story. This is Debbie Choy from mbaMission. I hope Singapore is treating you well! I grew up in Singapore, so I always love to hear about others’ experiences with the city. I think you have a lot of strengths in your profile – robust career trajectory (promotion, getting a coveted international transfer), good extracurriculars. Your GPA is strong and if you can get a solid GMAT score as well, that will give you a good shot at Yale. Like John mentioned, for Yale, where their average GMAT score is around 720, you’d want to get as close to their average as you can. Apart from that, consider how you can weave in …

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