University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Aspiring Jack-of-all-trades. Life offers numerous opportunities, trying to experience them all
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have participated in pretty much every sport possible. From In-line Skating to Squash to Hockey to Boxing to Fencing. I have played them all (at least at club level).
Undergraduate School and Major: Finance and International Business, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
Founder, gabilife.com 2010-2017.
Founder, www.boxershorts.co.in 2015-2017.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My Biggest accomplishment has been getting selected for the Indian version of Dragon’s Den (The Vault) from over 10,000 entries and being only 1 of the 13 to receive a funding offer.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? The one piece of advice I would give to future business school applicants is to network as much as possible with admissions representatives. When I started looking at business schools, I was unsure where to begin. I chose 10 schools that interested me and e-mailed them requesting a meeting when they were visiting India. Five replied with meeting times and I pounced at the opportunity to get one-on-ones with them. It was during my meeting with Rotman, that I was captivated by the offerings of the school and the attitude with which they approached students. The tete a tete gave me a great perspective about the program, immediately making Rotman my first choice.
Furthermore, the ease with which I could chat with the admissions team and the rapport we formed made me extremely comfortable during my formal interview. I felt like that allowed me to be my best self and my chances of being accepted into the program exponentially increased and it allowed Rotman to appreciate that I would be great fit for the school as well.
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? At a time when the world is getting increasingly segregated and climate change is a worldwide epidemic, I wanted a program that values diversity and focuses on global positive social impact. This led me to choose the Rotman MBA and the Sustainability major in particular. Canada is known as one of the most encompassing nations and Rotman as the number one school in the nation, offering this niche major, made it the clear choice.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Keeping in line with my sustainability goals, I want to work in or create a business embedded with a double bottom line principal. If, by the end of my first year, I have recognized opportunities with this concept and how to adopt them efficiently, I will consider my program a success.