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I think it is important to showcase one’s individual strengths as opposed to trying to figure out what MBA programs are looking for in candidates. Instead of shying away from those things that may make you a non-traditional candidate, I would urge you to lean into them and own them since those same experiences have likely had an outsized impact on your character.
Hi all, my name is Rodrigo González Castellanos, and I am excited to help you navigate your career.
I was born and raised in Mexico City and came over to the U.S. via Puerto Rico during middle school. I graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2015 thinking I was going to be a diplomat but life had other plans. I joined an investment firm after graduation where I invested in alternative asset classes, mainly private equity funds. This job helped me realize that asset management was where I wanted to spend the rest of my career. Additionally, during this time I became interested in how technology companies were disrupting business models and fueling innovation.
Knowing I wanted to stick with asset management as a career but was also interested in technology, I decided to pursue an MBA to pivot to venture capital where I felt I could apply my investing acumen to fund visionary founders. However, applying to top business school programs was much more difficult than I originally thought. After several months of preparing to take the GMAT, I failed to achieve the scores that I thought were necessary for a strong application and as a result had to postpone my MBA for one year.
Every cloud has a silver lining and it was at this time that I found Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and joined their MBA Prep program, which is designed to help underrepresented students enter top business schools. After consulting my MLT coach, I decided to stop studying for the GMAT and switch to the GRE to see if that was a better test for me. After months of waking up early and staying up late working out GRE problems before and after work, I achieved the score that I knew would make me a competitive candidate. This was an important emotional victory for me because it was the culmination of months of hard work sacrifice, and a milestone on my journey to obtaining my MBA. I am now a second-year MBA student at Wharton who just finished his summer internship at a venture capital firm and will return full time next year ready to fund transformative companies.
Everyone’s career path is challenging in its own way but with teamwork, introspection, and grit you will be able to set clear goals and achieve them.