Mr. Underdog

About Me:

After multiple failed attempts at a career change over the years, a full-time MBA has transitioned from a luxury to a necessity for me. Based on my understanding, a full-time MBA from a top program appears to be the optimal choice at this stage of my career. However, even though it feels like a lifetime ago, my undergraduate GPA continues to present a significant hurdle in my pursuit of an M7 MBA.

I am a full-time working professional in the dry bulk shipping industry, responsible for transporting large quantities (30-180,000 tons) of raw commodities such as grains, iron ore, coal, fertilizers, steels, cement, etc., globally. Acting as a middleman, I facilitate the chartering of dry bulk vessels, bringing together shipowners and charterers seeking to transport goods. I have also been an entrepreneur, leader, and instructor in industries such as logistics, military, and finance.

As a first-generation college graduate originally from a village in Bangladesh, I migrated to Singapore, learned English, completed military service, and then moved to the U.S.A. for my undergraduate studies. I am no stranger to overcoming obstacles.

I would like to know my chances of being accepted to Wharton, CBS, and Yale for R3 given my low undergraduate GPA. If I wait and apply in R1, then what are my chances of getting into HBS, GSB, Wharton, Booth, and MIT?


Target School: Columbia

Considering: Yale

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: University of Wisconsin Madison

Undergrad Major: Personal Finance

GPA: 2.85

GMAT: 695 GMAT Focus (750 Legacy GMAT equivalent)

Age: 33,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Madison, Wisconsin Alpha Chapter executive committee member 2016-2018 (undergraduate) | AIESEC Business Development team member 2015 – 2016 (undergraduate). A non-profit organization providing youth with leadership development, cross-cultural internships, and global volunteer exchange experiences.

Work History:

Title: Senior Dry Bulk Chartering Broker

Industry: Supply Chain / Logistics

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 5 mos

Title: Investment Banking Training Associate

Industry: Education

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

– Awarded for excellent performance and saving a person’s life during a factory Fire and Rescue emergency. Commanded a group of 29 men on 24-hour duty every 48 hours as the platoon captain during 22-month mandatory national service.
– Co-founded and launched a logistics company in Singapore from the ground up by partnering with the parent company in Bangladesh. It was the first logistics company in Singapore tailored towards Bangladeshi migrant workers.

Post MBA Goal:

Short-term goal: investment banking focused on the infrastructure sector
Medium-term goal: private equity infrastructure group
Dream: helping to revamp Bangladesh’s infrastructure through investments


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  • Patty Keegan, Fortuna Admissions | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hello, Mr. Underdog. You certainly have some impressive life wins which can add positively to your b-school profile. Your GMAT is strong and will somewhat mitigate your low undergraduate GPA. However, there are several factors that need to be discussed. First, you are on the older side of candidates for full-time MBA programs and your short term goal of investment banking might be unrealistic at a large firm. You might consider an executive MBA program at one of the top schools where you will find candidates with similar levels of work experience. If you would like to disucss how to position your candidacy for an EMBA or how to consider a reasonable set of full-time MBA programs, please click on the link below for a …

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