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Ms. Civil Servant

About Me:

Colorado based adopted Asian American who received a BS in international business from the University of Colorado after studying and living in the U.S., China, and Spain during my undergraduate years. Now I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in the middle of a two-year commitment to teach math and physics at a secondary school in a rural farming village in Tanzania


Undergrad School: University of Colorado

Undergrad Major: Business

GPA: 3.3

GMAT: 730

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Grant proposal writer, Piano and tennis teacher

Work History:

Title: Peace Corps Volunteer

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Major NGO/NPO

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 3 mos

Title: Waitress

Industry: Hospitality

Company: Small-medium sized business

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

Native English speaker fluent in Spanish, Chinese, and Swahili. I imagined my dream job, and before devoting myself completely to this aspiration, I placed myself in a position that is just the opposite. The goal of volunteering for two years in East Africa is to challenge myself, and question my ambitions to work for the Devil (go the corporate route). In addition to volunteering, I’m working with a team to create a social business to bring formal digital employment opportunities to low-income communities in Tanzania.

Post MBA Goal:

I desire to gain expertise on high impact investing and business management, expand my network, be exposed to ideas of other driven professionals, and gain hard skills and technical expertise.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, INSEAD, Columbia


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Does anyone know how many University of Colorado undergrads are Stanford MBA students in the Class of 2020? None. Now this doesn’t mean you would fail to get an admit from Stanford GSB because that class does include one undergrad from the University of South Carolina and one from Colorado State University. But it tells you that if you come from a public university that is not among the so-called public Ivies–UVA, Michigan, UNC, Berkeley & UCLA, Texas or Wisconsin–you aren’t going to get any credit for that credential at a school like Stanford or Harvard. Now that we got that out of the way, let me say I really like you and think you would be a superb MBA classmate. Anyone who is fluent …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hello Ms. Civil Servant! Krista Nannery here from mbaMission. Thanks for posting!
    A couple of things I want you to know and think about…
    1. Fee waivers! Many MBA programs will give fee waivers to current PC volunteers and/or alumni. If they are offering you a waiver while you are currently in the PC, I think that’s a great sign that they are interested in you NOW even though you may have a bit less experience that the average.
    2. Networking. You have a great network of PC people. Scour LinkedIn and find PC people who have attended the MBA programs you are most interested in. Start collecting information about each program, which will help you judge fit and also make your essays more interesting.
    3. Build out …

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    Certainly an interesting background which will appeal to your schools. I think you should be ready to address two main questions: 1) In undergrad, was there a reason for the lower than average GPA (compared to target school averages)? What were leadership roles? Any involvement in business-related organizations? 2) How serious are you about developing business acumen / skills? Or are you solely hoping to go to school to meet people who will invest?

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