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Ms. Non-Quant

About Me:

Born in Hong-Kong and bred in the United States and France, I have studied in the US and in the UK and have work experience in the US, Thailand, China, and the UK. I have a master’s in international affairs and have spent the last 2 years as a research associate and program manager at a top research institution in Washington DC.


Undergrad School: University College London

Undergrad Major: International Business

GPA: 3.86

GMAT: 690

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Masters in International Affairs

School Name: Georgetown University

Extracurriculars: Professional Development workshop for women victim of GBV

Work History:

Title: Research Associate

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Major NGO/NPO

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 5 mos

Title: Senior Editor

Industry: Education

Company: Other

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Participated in a global dialogue and conferences on the future of Asia as a speaker. A career change to social science research from business. Moving to and living in 5 countries in 6 years.

Post MBA Goal:

Career pivot: build stronger financial modeling skills to apply my research skills and international experience to social and environmental impact investing. This would involve getting professional experience in finance in the short-term.


Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Ms. Non-Quant,
    This is Debbie Choy, GSB alum and Senior Consultant at mbaMission. Your international background is a plus! This is a strength for many b-schools that are looking to bring an international perspective into the classroom. Apart from that, you come from a non-traditional industry, which also helps you stand out from the crowd. That said, it’s important to clearly articulate your future career goals and why you are passionate about social and environmental impact investing. And what transferable skills can you bring from your past/current experiences to make you a better investor in this area? I imagine your research skills and international experiences will help you there. Separately, your GMAT score might be a concern for Columbia. Have you looked into the GRE …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Ms. Non-Quant – Thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions at Stratus here.

    There is a lot to like about your profile – strong undergrad performance, global experience.

    To land a seat at CBS or Wharton, you need to explain why you need another master’s degree and how it will set you up to make the impact that you would like to make moving forward. Perhaps there are things that you have observed from doing qualitative research that have raised your awareness about the importance of understanding the financial side of decision making.

    While your GMAT is below the average and towards the low end of the range at both CBS and Wharton, I think you can present yourself as someone whose …

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