The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Adi Rajapuram 

UCLA, Anderson School of Management 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A  philosophical day dreamer  navigating a pragmatic world, working to turn her passions into reality

Hometown:  Lafayette, CA

Fun Fact About Yourself: I can communicate in 7 languages, including Kannada, Hindi, English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese (though it has been a while since I practiced my Mandarin!)

Undergraduate School and Major: Baylor University 2013

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Oracle (from latest to oldest):

License Divisional Process Lead, North and Latin America

License Subject Matter Expert, North America

Global Financial Operations License Deal Manager

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I am most proud of my volunteer work with the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio to launch the “Start by Believing” campaign, inspiring rape victims to come forward and encouraging the community to embrace them. From designing the social media campaign to representing the organization at local health fairs, I saw the direct impact my words and actions had. I am able to educate others, inspiring hundreds of people to pledge their support in believing sexual assault survivors.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? My number one tip for business school applicants is get to know the programs front-to-back. Limit your list to a reasonable number where you can research all of them in-depth by attending all of the school’s local admissions events, talking to multiple students, and reading everything available on the website. By the time my interviews rolled around, I could tell my interviewer so much about the school’s unique programs, its resources through special on-campus academic centers, and what I would change about an on-campus club that it felt I could have been representing the school myself!

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you?  While the beautiful weather certainly didn’t hurt in making my decision, I chose Anderson for its people. I wasn’t looking for a network of students who could help me find a job. I was looking for a class of individuals with whom I could form my own company. I sought a group that would push me to embrace new perspectives and challenge my current beliefs in a collaborative and laid-back environment like Anderson.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? I define success as change in beliefs. I hope to complete my first year pursuing new passions, refining old ideas, and embracing friendships with people I never would have been exposed to but for Anderson.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.