BTU #8 – Tim Hsia: Boost Your Acceptance Rate to College & Grad School

“Service 2 School is a free service for Veterans; we pair you with someone from your background…and in order to get into best school possible for you, we help you TRAIN: that’s taking you through Test prep, Resume review, Application & essay assistance, Interviewing and Networking.”
 – Tim Hsia

Of every interview I’ve done so far, this it the one I would most recommend to every single military veteran – enlisted and officer. Tim Hsia received his JD and MBA from Stanford after serving as a Captain in the US Army. While at Stanford, Tim co-founded two companies; one sold to the Stanford Daily, and the second is still in operation. This organization – Service 2 School – is a free resource for all veterans to help them get into the best school (college or grad school) for them.

In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:

  • His decision to leave the US Army
  • Why he chose to get two degrees at the same time, and which one he would recommend to other veterans
  • The power of internships to help you find your ideal job
  • How Service 2 School will help you find the right school for you and get in
  • Common misconceptions he sees in veterans when considering schools
  • What his time in the Venture Capital Industry was like
  • And much, much more…

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QUESTION OF THE DAY: How can I make these episodes more valuable to active duty military personnel considering transitioning to the civilian world? Please let me know in the comments.

Scroll below for links and show notes…

Selected Links from the Episode

Show Notes

  • [1:54] Background
  • [3:38] Choosing to leave the Army
  • [5:18] Choosing a JD / MBA instead of directly to Industry
  • [11:45] Getting an internship if you don’t go to grad school
  • [14:55] Taking a long-term view on your career
  • [19:20] Starting Service 2 School to help veterans with college & grad school applications
  • [24:45] How Service 2 School is the best free resource for Veterans on earth
  • [31:57] Most common mistakes / misconceptions that military personnel have in their transition
  • [36:45] Advice on whether or not to pursue education after transition from the military
  • [39:43] Considering an Executive Education Program vs. a Traditional Program
  • [42:11] An overview on Venture Capital from Tim’s internship experience
  • [47:00] The most surprising aspect about the transition from military life