N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Harvard | Mr. London Artist
GMAT 730, GPA First Class Honours (4.0 equivalent)
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Pharma Manager
GMAT 650, GPA 3,2
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10
Harvard | Mr. Midwest Dreamer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3

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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