After 19 consecutive rejections, Ed Luggen entered Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and graduated top
“I wrote 24 applications in two years and got rejected nineteen times in a row before anyone said yes, and all said-and-done I only got two ‘yes’. I spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars getting in, but was rejected time and again,” says Ed Luggen.
When Luggen applied to an MBA admissions consultancy, Stacy Blackman Consulting, in 2015, he had received more rejections than almost anyone we’d ever worked with. His determination to persevere was a true testament to his character, his resilience, drive and problem-solving ability.
Luggen recently received his MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School, graduating #1 in class. He was on the dean’s list in Goizueta for four semesters and received the most outstanding award for academic achievement. Before joining Emory, Luggen was an associate attorney at Kurtz & Blum in the Raleigh-Durham area for a little over three years. He graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University in 2012 and received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Miami University. He did his MBA internship at Ford Motor Co. in Global Strategy before starting a career with The Boston Consulting Group in July.
This performance was a character test. During his long journey, Luggen has taken advantage of the challenges he faced and the wisdom he gained during the admission cycles to get accepted into Emory GBS, even with a low GPA and a career that MBA admissions likely viewed as unfocused.
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