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Student Spotlight — John Kang: Army Officer, Aspiring Product Manager, New Dad

Posted in Student Resources on March 8, 2011 by

In this week’s Student Spotlight, meet John Kang, a former Knewton GMAT student who took the big test in August 2010 — just one month before his wife gave birth to his first son, Isaac. Luckily; the stress of impending parenthood didn’t seem to affect John’s GMAT skills; he managed to increase his score by a whopping 150 points! Learn more about John’s current job and future plans below.

John, wife Susan, and son Isaac (born 9/14/2010)


John Kang


Beaverton, OR

Current job?

Engineer Officer in the US Army

Why do you want to get an MBA?

I would like to transition from the Army into a high potential role at a technology oriented firm.

What’s your dream job after b-school?

Product manager at a large technology oriented firm (Amazon, Google, Dell, Boeing, etc..)

Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?

I took 6 months and studied primarily by sitting in on the Knewton classes and finishing all of the homework. I found it challenging to find time to finish all of the homework while working... The [Knewton] teachers were great and very responsive to questions.

John and Isaac

Lightning Round: Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

I like Data Sufficiency MUCH more than Sentence Correction.

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Bill Gates

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter