Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
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
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)
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 INSEAD’s MBA Class Of 2018

Nourhan Farhat

INSEAD

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A positive, energetic (and sometimes loud) ESTJ, engineer-turned-consultant.

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Fun Fact About Yourself: Was runner-up in a beauty pageant… if only I was few centimeters taller!

 Undergraduate School and Major: American University of Beirut, Lebanon – Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Class of 2012)

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Middle East (from Business Analyst I to Senior Consultant II)

 Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Fast-track career progression in Roland Berger Middle East (5 promotions in 4 years) – was the youngest consultant to reach “Senior Consultant II” position and act as a project manager on multiple projects

 Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?

  1. Essays: Be honest and do not overcomplicate and overthink your essays. The Admissions Committee wants to know the real you, so the best way to do so is to tell it in a straightforward manner.
  2. GMAT: Practice… a lot! Estimate an average of 1-month to fully focus on it, and do not underestimate the English section. Devise a clear and structured daily plan which suits your schedule, and try to get it right from the first time because that 5-hour test and the preparations for it is simply a painful process.
  3. Recommendations: Find a mix of successful individuals, who know you, and can give different points of views about you. This means do not choose the senior guy who has only met you a couple of times, but rather opt for your direct manager or junior client who can describe you well.
  4. Interviews: You are almost there, relax and just be yourself!

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? INSEAD’s strategy earned it the top 1 rank in less than 60 years from establishment, beating records of all other MBA school… where better to learn strategy?

INSEAD’s 10-months program is simply perfect, giving me:

  • a best-in-class education in half the amount of time (pragmatic)
  • the world-renowned and envied close student community in Fontainebleau, where lifelong friendships are forged (social)
  • a proud accomplishment recognized by the top employers worldwide (professional)

 What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Returning as a consulting project manager with a new set of business skills and a long contact list of new best friends!