Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
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
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

Meet IE Business School’s Class of 2016

Michael Arnot

Michael Arnot

IE Business School

Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Undergraduate School and Major (Include Graduate School if Relevant): Deakin University, Law

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, lawyer; Thomson Lawyers, lawyer, Crisp Legal, Lawyer

Recalling your own experience, what advice do you have for applicants who are preparing for either the GMAT or the GRE? Try and time it after a period in which you are not at work (i.e. after the Christmas holiday). It’s a little exhausting and soul crushing after finishing a long day at work to be studying and committing your entire weekend to study.

Based on your own selection process, what advice do you have for applicants who are trying to draw up a list of target schools to which to apply? Reputation is good and it helps you decide which schools you should look at, but it’s not everything. Look into the school, past the marketing propaganda, to identify the comparative differences in each school and find an answer to “why do you want to study at this school” that has nothing to do with ranking or reputation. And have more than one answer. Otherwise you get to the interview stage and it’s hard to get (and demonstrate) enthusiasm for the school and its program.

What advice do you have for applicants in actually applying to a school, writing essays, doing admission interviews, and getting recommenders to write letters on your behalf? It takes A LOT longer than you think.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? The interview. It was easy, relaxed and what was discussed was (being that IE was directed at fostering the unconventional thinker) exactly what I wanted in a program.

What would you ultimately like to achieve before you graduate? Awesomeness. Not even sure that is correct grammar, but it is an apt description. I want to nail the course, nail the extra-curricular activities within the school and nail the experience. I want to graduate knowing I’ve done everything.