Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Tepper | Ms. Coding Tech Leader
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Impactful Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Engineer
GMAT 720, GPA 7.95/10 (College follows relative grading; Avg. estimate around 7-7.3)
Wharton | Mr. Rates Trader
GMAT 750, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Tuck | Mr. Army To MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 2.97
Columbia | Mr. Forbes 30 Under 30
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB Advanced Analytics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Banker To CPG Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 7.36/10
Ross | Mr. Leading-Edge Family Business
GMAT 740, GPA 2.89
Darden | Mr. Logistics Guy
GRE Not taken Yet, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Desi Boy
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Stylist & Actor
GMAT 760 , GPA 9.5
Columbia | Mr. Ambitious Chemical Salesman
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Irish Biotech Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Cricketer Turned Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 7.15/10
Wharton | Mr. Planes And Laws
GRE 328, GPA 3.8
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Refrad
GMAT 700, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Ms. Product Strategist
GMAT 700, GPA 7.3/10
Columbia | Mr. MBB Consultant
GRE 339, GPA 8.28
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Avocado Farmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.08
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Development Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.9

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.

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