Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Regulator To Private
GMAT 700, GPA 2.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Consumer Sustainability
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Ms. Retail Queen
GRE 322, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. Saudi Engineer
GRE 312, GPA 3.48
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Mr. Health Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
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Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Ms. Tech Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.53
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Engine Guy
GMAT 740, GPA 7.96 Eq to 3.7

From North Carolina To Russia, Would-Be MBAs Descend On CEIBS

CEIBS boot camp participants on a visit to McKinsey & Company in Shanghai     - Ethan Baron photo

CEIBS boot camp participants on a visit to McKinsey & Company in Shanghai – Ethan Baron photo

The 68 participants in China Europe International Business School’s 2015 Shanghai boot camp came from all over: the U.S., Canada, Guatemala, Peru, Jamaica, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Bhutan, Mongolia, and China. For five days they sat in on lectures with some of CEIBS’ most popular professors, visited Shanghai offices of multinational companies McKinsey, Henkel, Morningside, and Fosan, and engaged in career development and recreational activities in their off-time.

Some of the participants had already decided to pursue an MBA, others were still considering it. All had an interest in Asia, and some had experience there. Some were determined to work in the region, others hadn’t considered it until attending the boot camp.

In the city of 24 million, they went sightseeing and dining out (and, of course, some went drinking). They visited the second-highest building in the world, the $3 billion, 127-floor, 2,000-foot-tall Shanghai Tower, and heard from CEIBS EMBA alumnus Jianping Gu, president of the Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Company.

Over the five days, participants took in a massive amount of information about doing business in China, and the Chinese economy and markets. CEIBS pitched China hard as the land of opportunity, and the lectures and company visits made it difficult to disagree. While how many participants will enroll in the CEIBS MBA program as a result of the camp is unknown, all who attended came away with a wealth of information about possibilities in China.

Connected to each other, on the school’s advice, via wildly popular Chinese mobile app WeChat, the boot campers not only coordinated social events on the fly, but built networks, and friendships, over the course of the camp. Poets&Quants caught up with six boot campers from a variety of backgrounds. Here are their stories:

Irina Kobelyatskaya, Russia

Irina Kobelyatskaya of Russia         - Ethan Baron photo

Irina Kobelyatskaya during a boot camp night out at a seafood restaurant in Shanghai          – Ethan Baron photo

Irina Kobelyatskaya, head of digital and social media marketing for a Moscow PR firm, looks at the $90 billion in trade between Russia and China and sees opportunity – and a reason to get an MBA in Shanghai.

“It’s obvious for me that this is a convergence between our countries,” says Kobelyatskaya, 30. “I can assume that maybe in the near future I’ll get more opportunities to be in the center of these cross relationships. Many big or not so big Russian companies will transfer their headquarters to Shanghai and vice versa. Maybe the most important thing is to find a job which will give me real pleasure, and for me it doesn’t matter where the office is located, whether in Moscow or Shanghai.”

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