Next up in our series of featured MBA bloggers is Devin Giles, a blogger who writes at MBA or Die Trying and a junior in college who plans on making the jump to b-school soon after he graduates. Please enjoy Devin’s insightful answers and use them to help you make your way through the MBA admissions process.
Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself – where are you from, where did you go to school and when did you graduate; and what prior degrees do you hold?
Devin: I am from Austin, Texas. I currently attend Huston-Tillotson University with an expected graduation date of December 2013. My current major is accounting, but I want to shift my focus to consulting when I pursue my MBA.
Accepted: When and where do you plan on applying to b-school? (I see you have a list on your blog, so you can just mention a few or refer people to your list online.)
Accepted: Do you think you’ll adjust your list at all between now and when you apply?
Devin: I’m very sure that my list will change between now and application time. My GMAT score, work experience, personal preferences and future goals will help determine the schools that are the best “fit” for me.
Accepted: In the About Me section of your blog, you say, “This is my opportunity to live the American Dream and achieve something many people with my background haven’t done.” Can you explain that a bit for us?
Devin: I reference obtaining my MBA as an opportunity to live the American Dream of social mobility. I grew up most of my life with a single mother who never attended college but who instilled the values of hard work, professionalism and honesty. There weren’t many people from my neighborhood that attended college, let alone made it to 21 without having a child, law trouble or drug addiction. Obtaining an advanced degree is something that people in my neighborhood and family have never accomplished, let alone pursued.
Accepted: What field/industry do you work in now? Do you plan on continuing with a similar career once you have your MBA?
Devin: I currently work in the convention industry. I do not plan on continuing within the convention industry. I want to make a shift to management consulting.
Accepted: Most people apply to business school with post college work experience of about 5 years. Why do you want to go straight from college to b-school and how are you going to convince the adcom that you’re a candidate worth paying attention to?
Devin: My path to receiving my bachelor’s degree has been different than many college students and I will be 26 at the time of graduation. I will graduate from a small HBCU and I feel an MBA from a rigorous, well-known university will help my transition into Consulting. This will help start me on the path to achieving my goals. Transitioning from college to b-school will also expose me to people, opportunities and knowledge that I otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
I will convince the adcom that my candidacy is worthy because of my GMAT scores, grades, maturity, ability to handle adversity and the diversity and perspective that I will bring to the program.
Accepted: What has the b-school application process so far taught you about yourself?
Devin: The b-school application has taught me to become more detailed with my goals. The creation of detailed goals has helped me to identify schools and potential future employers that are a good fit.
Accepted: Do you have any advice for our readers (your fellow MBA applicants)?
Devin: The advice I have for fellow MBA applicants is to begin as early as possible, honestly evaluate your profile and to continue towards your goals despite any setbacks that may occur.
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