Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
MIT Sloan | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT 690, GPA 7.08
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
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Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Indian IT Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8

Meet The Top First-Year MBAs From India


Saumya Jain

The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Engineer, entrepreneur. At 22, founded a non-profit K-12 school for less privileged kids in India.

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Fun Fact About Yourself: I love to sing and backpack!

Undergraduate School and Major: BTech and MTech in Biochemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: JLJ Concept School – Founder and Director

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Being able to make my venture self sustaining. It’s on the path to grow forever while I can study and work on my next big dream!

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? I started my GMAT preparations with a diagnostic test from GMATPrep (the official test makers). It helped me figure out two things. First, I knew I had to work on my time management strategy. Second, I could quickly draw up a list of topics that needed work. I studied and took a test every week or two until the official GMAT, working on my weak topics as I went along. I advise most people to follow a similar strategy. It will allow you to improve your performance quickly and with the least amount of effort.

Writing the essays is a long drawn out process. I started with thinking about my life events and identifying moments that ignited my passion. I thought about what mattered to me and about my life goals. One key advice – believe in yourself and your story. Everyone is different and wants different things in life. Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t try to benchmark your goals against that of others. That said, do share your essay drafts with students and alumni from your target schools as soon as possible. Getting perspectives helps a lot, but remember that it has to be your story.

When it comes to interviews, the only preparation that you need is to know yourself well and to know what you want from an MBA at your target school. Remember that it’s a two way fit! Be yourself and if you make it, you know you’ll fit well with the school culture. If you don’t make it, you know that you’ve probably been spared two years of frustration.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? When I drew up my list of target schools, there were many things about Wharton that attracted me, including a truly bicoastal footprint and growing entrepreneurial opportunities. In addition, a large class size lets you choose your peer group and ensures that any course that you want is available to take.

When I met my TBD group, I knew that Wharton is the place to be for unique and passionate individuals. And being a data-driven school, it allows you to complement your ambitions with hardcore business skills.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? Wharton is a place that opens doors. And since I’m only starting here, I’m open to a multitude of opportunities – including working with tech companies or consulting firms and potentially working on my entrepreneurial ideas during school. I’m excited about working with Wharton Career Management to narrow down my career choices based on my interests, motivators, and skills. And I hope to pursue the Semester at San Francisco program to expand my entrepreneurial network.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I would like my school peers to remember me as a helpful friend and a driven professional.

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