London Business School | Mr. Global Graduate Scheme
GMAT 750, GPA 7.2/10
Harvard | Mr. Aero Software ENG
GRE 312, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Mr. Global Corp Comms
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Transformation
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Lucky Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Honduras IE
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Startup Poet
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
HEC Paris | Mr. iOS App Developer
GMAT 610, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Sailor in Suit
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5

Class of 2015: The World’s Best & The Brightest MBAs

Tim O'Neil of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management

Tim O’Neil of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management

Best of 2015Move over, Dos Equis. You’ll find some of the world’s most interesting people matriculating on business school campuses. Take Duke daredevil Bering Tsang. Last year, he traveled to Chile for a 1,200 mile motorcycle ride through the backroads, mountains, and vineyards. Just one problem: He’d never driven a motorcycle before. Sure enough, this marine quickly figured it, joking that he was flying 80 mph up the highway a few hours after he started. And you’ll find plenty more from this list. Purdue’s Eric Barajas lists one of his hobbies as “extreme camping” (i.e. live off the wilderness for a week).

The University of Rochester’s Kanika Chopra is a Sudoku champion in India. Vanderbilt’s Gina Bruno recorded commercials for Radio Disney as a child. Boston University’s Blair Merlino competed in rodeos as an undergraduate. Ohio State’s John Lockwood helped launch a version of Sesame Street in Pakistan. North Carolina’s Taylor Mallard once changed her name in college on a whim. And Northwestern’s Bruno Valle played in a Green Day and Weezer cover band in high school. Ah, the stories they could tell.

TOP 50 ADVICE FOR THE NEXT CLASS OF MBAS

Indeed, this year’s Top 50 weren’t shy about swapping stories and offering advice to future MBAs. For one, check your ego at the door. “The hardest part of business school is realizing that everything you thought you knew about prioritization, mental stamina and your relative level of intelligence is basically false,” says Texas A&M’s Robyn Peters, who graduated as her program’s valedictorian. She also emphasizes building relationships during the two years. “Your network is your net worth,” she cracks.

Anne-Marie Kruk of the London Business School also warns students to set priorities and limits early on. “The hardest part of business school was saying no to things! There were so many opportunities to get involved in the community and I learnt along the way that it was better to focus my attentions on a few positions and make long-lasting, contributions with impact.”

Even more, Minnesota’s Alyssa Callister, a Goldman Sachs alum who will be joining McKinsey after graduation, implores students to take time to reflect and plan. “Business school is a great time to take a step back and be intentional about the type of employee, colleague, and manager that you want to be. Take the opportunity to create your personal brand.”

Business school is a time of transition, trial, and transformation. It’s a whirlwind of projects, trips, events, cases, and interviews that goes by before you know it. Once you look back on it, one thing is clear. You won’t believe just how much you accomplished in such a short time.

Congratulations, Class of 2015! You’ve earned it.

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