I'm a 26 year old, white male (applying for MBA starting in '10)
West Point Graduate, majored in Mechanical Engineering.
3.4 GPA, 3.7 in my major
Rock climbing team and basic intramurals during college
I'm currently a Aviation Captain. I've been a leader for a platoon of maintenance guys (15-20 people). From there I have been in charge of moving a battalion of aircraft/parts from Germany to the States for a base change. After that job, I became the logistics officer in charge of eqeuipment moves, budget, and purchases for a 600 person organization. During that time we built up a brand new organization with 24 additional aircraft and associated people and parts added to our outfit. I was also once again tapped to move the unit from the states to Iraq.
From there, I've moved to what is the equivalent of a secretary's role under the boss for our aviation brigade here (1200+ people). I didn't ask for this job and it's definitely not leadership enhancing nor does it lend it self to great amounts of responsibility. I'll have another year before I apply to do something else, but I'm stuck here for the time being.
I have a 700 GMAT score.
Not much in the way of extracurricular. Church group, golfing... mostly hobbies and studying Finance/Accounting books to prep basic skills I didn't pick up as an engineering grad.
I'm looking to apply to HBS, Wharton, UChicago, and possibly Kellogg or Columbia.
Thanks for your time. The list doesn't look impressive, but I've talked to various HBS/Wharton guys from the military that don't seem to have much different backgrounds. Wanted a second opinion.
Sorry for the delayed answer. You have a good profile but not one that I would consider to be in the HBS, Wharton, Columbia, or Kellogg territory. Maybe Chicago? The lack of another dimension outside of your current aviation work--which is definitely an asset for you--hurts you IMO. I recommend spending the next year eliminating that weakness by seeking a serious, people-leading extracurricular.
Hope this helps,
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