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Ms. Latin Diplomat

About Me:

I’ve worked and lived in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and I speak 4 languages. I currently work for a big international organization (think World Bank, United Nations) on evaluating more than $500 million dollars on emergency funding to natural disasters and displacement aid projects that focus on saving lives.


Undergrad School: Northeastern University

Undergrad Major: International Affairs/Economics

GPA: 3.2

GRE: 320 (estimated)

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino

Other Degree/Certification: Impact Investing Certificate

School Name: Oxford University

Extracurriculars: Teaching Assistant, Volunteer at an Orphanage, Teacher of Language, and Latin dances

Work History:

Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 5 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I grew up in a poor rural area in Latin America and received a scholarship to study in the US. Despite financial constraints, I was able to finish my studies and pass a civil servant exam to work in a big international organization. I was sent last year to Africa to create 10 villages for 8000 people after a hurricane destroyed an entire region.

Post MBA Goal:

I am passionate about development and inequality reduction. In the short term, I want to work with social enterprises and help them grow. In the long term, I want to create my own social venture that invests in socially and environmentally responsible companies in Latin America.


Target School: Wharton

Status: Open

Considering: Chicago Booth, Tuck, Duke Fuqua


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 33%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 25%

    Ms. Latin Diplomat: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. Having served as an Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School and application evaluator at Wharton, I know top schools will value your professional experience in various parts of the world and with a social enterprise focus. Your 3.2 will hurt you so you want to aim for a GRE higher than 320 to try to offset the GPA that top schools will see as below their average accepted student. Your diverse background will add much to any MBA class. I recommend fully fleshing out your goals in social enterprise: what kind of social enterprise would you look to join post MBA? If you’re currently doing this work, why is …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi Ms. Latin Diplomat! This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. Your work sounds super impressive and very important. I think you have a powerful story to tell about your own journey and it’s admirable how you’re using that success you’ve had to help others during times of massive upheaval. I can see the makings of some great MBA essays! On top of that, your experience in both Latin America and Africa will be very attractive to your target schools. My previous clients with experience in those markets have done well, because they are still not as represented as other regions. I encourage you to get more specific on your goals – how will you work with social enterprises, as a consultant, or some other …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Wow, Ms. Latin Diplomat, I can imagine you have been very busy these days given what’s going on in the world these days. I am Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions, formerly a Sloan Adcomm member. I agree with my peers about your stats. Given your dual major I just want to make sure you have taken calc and/or stats. If you haven’t already applied and haven’t taken those classes, you might want to consider it.

    Your experience bootstrapping your way out of poverty will certainly resonate with admissions officers and rightly so. I love your work experience and definitely would want to know more specifics on your role, especially the rebuilding of the African villages. Were you a planner/strategist? How were you …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 25%

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  • 40% | 2 years ago

    Great background with international experience. Would be a real plus in a Wharton class.

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