Female Chinese Applicant Wins Admission to HBS, Wharton and Columbia

Angel was born and raised in China and moved to the US by herself when she was 18. She worked as a Senior Associate at Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab. She also created a non-profit to help women finance and invest in their careers. Upon receiving offers from HBS, Wharton and Colombia, she accepted the offer from HBS.

Applicant Stats


  • Undergraduate Institution
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Financial Services
  • Career Goals: 
    Support Women and Minority Entrepreneurs
  • Admitted At:
    Harvard, Wharton, Columbia
  • Coach:

Highlights From Angel’s Story

#1 Getting Into the Best Schools

Angel loved her job and knew that she would only consider giving it up for the best schools, which is why she sought professional help to guide her through the possibilities and help her stand out to the admissions committee. 

#2 Brainstorming Ideas

As an indecisive person, Angel enjoyed working with Menlo Coaching and bouncing off ideas with her coach, David, who stayed open-minded to her input and gave his best ideas, pointing her in the right direction.

#3 Don’t Focus On Being Perfect

If she could do anything differently, it would be to focus on making her points concise and structured, rather than trying to sound polished. Interview questions are aimed at understanding who you are and how you think, not trying to determine whether you are perfect. Angel’s advice is to relax and really be yourself. 

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