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Ms. Middle Aged MBA-er

About Me:

Director in advertising industry. Have developed advertising and media plans for 3 Fortune 50 companies, including Proctor and Gamble. Spent 3 years working abroad in the Middle East on Johnson and Johnson. 12 years of work experience


Undergrad School: Michigan State University

Undergrad Major: Communications

GPA: 3.6

GRE: 323

Age: 34,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Extracurriculars: Cheer Dubai- Co-Founder, Guest Lecturer, Depaul Univ and Columbia College, Mentor, iMentor Program

Work History:

Title: Associate Media Director

Industry: Media

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Media Supervisor

Industry: Media

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

Recruited to work abroad in Dubai, UAE for the Johnson and Johnson account. Rotated (then promoted) to develop media strategy for Proctor and Gamble female beauty products based on outstanding work performance.

Post MBA Goal:

Become a university professor and progress up in my current company to oversee organizational leadership and management


Target School: Ross

Status: Waitlisted

Considering: Yale, Kellogg

Waitlisted: Yale

Accepted: Kellogg


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 44%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    You’re a really compelling candidate and it’s no surprise that both Michigan Ross, your first choice, and Yale SOM have already put you on their waitlists after you applied in round one. I have a strong feeling that you can get invites off the waitlist if you reach out and let Ross know you really want to go there. Given your experience having developed advertising and media plans for three Fortune 50 companies and the fact that you have been a guest lecturer at DePaul and Columbia College, you would bring valuable insights to MBA class discussions. Sure, you’re a older candidate–by seven years–than the average MBA student at Ross who is 27 at matriculation. I bet that’s why you are on the waitlist and …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hi Ms. Middle Aged MBA-er, Julie-Anne Heafey here from mbaMission. What cool work experience you have! I can’t know for sure, but I’m guessing they really hesitated on fit – your age and goals align more with EMBA and PT MBA candidates, and they may have been genuinely concerned about your happiness – will you want to sit in class with a bunch of 25-26 year olds? I worked this year with a guy your age who was a R3 WL candidate from last year who planned to reapply in R1. I encouraged him talk to people, and go to some EMBA presentations, and he came to realize that he would be much happier pursuing the more senior program! (he got in and …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Agree with John that chances of getting off of the waitlist are good, given your Mich connections and solid career in advertising (a plus). If you retook the test and got a 730+, well, that would super work! That’s my bet but that is a lot to ask. 😉 A more interesting question is why you were waitlisted in the first place. “Become a university professor and progress up in my current company to oversee organizational leadership and management”–not sure what the prof part means. Company goals are fine. Age is real high side of normal and possibly beyond that, there are always some 34-35 year olds in 1st year class, but they often have a reason that is clear; pilots, military, etc. …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Ms. Middle Aged MBAer, This is Donna Bauman, Senior MBA Admissions Counselor for Stratus Admissions and it is an honor to weigh in on your profile. You have some very impressive work experience—in an industry where you don’t see as many people in the class—advertising—so your high level international advertising experience would be a plus for any program. Your experience with the media budgets of blue chip CPG companies like P&G and J&J also make you stand out. My biggest question for you is that if your goal is to become a university professor in organizational leadership and management, why not apply to Ph.D. programs for that? I think you’d be an amazing candidate in these programs because of your impressive multinational work experience …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi there, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Firstly congrats on the “wins” at Ross and Yale. You are oh so close and still far and I know that’s a bittersweet feeling. A lot of experts have weighed in already and there is some very good feedback here. Am going to stick my neck out and “speculate” why you didn’t get the admit. At 34, if your long terms are not specific enough and say what you have mentioned – “Become a university professor and progress up in my current company to oversee organizational leadership and management” – chances the schools will become less sure of your need for a full time MBA. I would have preferred to see something on lines of “Lead …

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