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Richard Cheng

MBA Admissions Consultant
Academic Background

Northwestern University, BS
The Wharton School, MBA
Harvard Kennedy School, MPA

Work Experience

Richard earned his BA in Neuroscience and Psychology at Northwestern. During his time there, he was an Evanston Youth Basketball Coach and a member of Pre-Med Club.

Richard joined Teach For America as an eighth grade science teacher at Trailblazers Academy in Stamford, CT. After teaching, Richard co-founded Domus Academy New Haven, an alternative middle school for at-risk youth, and served as one of the school’s inaugural principals.

While completing the Wharton MBA (Entrepreneurial Management)/Harvard MPA (Social and Urban Policy) joint degree program, Richard gained management consulting experience in education and healthcare private equity, as well as continued his entrepreneurial path through business development roles for various EdTech startups. In addition to his coursework, Richard served as the President of the Basketball Club and social chair of the Asian American MBA Association.

Richard also has deep industry experience in the payments space, particularly in payment technology innovation as well as financial inclusion for the global underserved populations.

Area of Expertise

Interview preparation, admissions essay structuring, Mandarin (fluent), de-shelling Maryland Blue Crab, and maneuvering onto crowded subway cars around the world.

A little more in-depth

What I like most about being a Stratus Prep MBA Admissions Counselor:

Matching the level of enthusiasm, intensity, and effort of each client with whom I work.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to business school:

I like to advise applicants that the most important and transferable qualities to convey to an admissions committee are not individual accomplishments or achievements, but rather those underlying thought processes and rationales. The “How” and the “Why” shed a lot more depth on candidate quality.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus Prep:

After six months of hard work, frequent conversations, and in-person meetings, a client called me in disbelief at being accepted to four out of six top MBA programs, and asked me to help him craft a story to reveal the results to his parents, who raised him in very humble beginnings as first generation immigrants.

3 Random Facts:

– I have never learned to ride a bicycle.
– In high school I wrote a symphony and performed with the school orchestra.
– A timing error awarded me a false Ohio state youth swimming record that stood for 3 years.