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Ms. Strategic Photographer

About Me:

Photographer turned marketer! First female business owner from a conservative family. Ran a boot-strapped business where I up-skilled myself in other domains such as Management, Marketing, etc. Broke even but un-sustainable, I picked myself up and became a full-time marketing associate. I also contribute my time volunteering to help educate children.


Undergrad School: Sathyabama University

Undergrad Major: Visual Communication

GPA: 3.68

GRE: 318 (to retake)

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: B.Sc (Ranked 3rd in Class)

Extracurriculars: Volunteer and part of core-team for a Non-profit organisation that helps with education and social mobilisation of orphaned children

Work History:

Title: Marketing Assosiate

Industry: Marketing

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

– Class Topper (Ranked 3rd) – Photographed Several National Advertising Campaigns – Won Awards in Photography – Recognized by the Photography Community – Executed video projects for a wide range of clients which led to more than $20 Million USD in sales revenue – Developed Branding and Digital Marketing strategy for a Greenfield University

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to work in Product Management. I would want to be a Product Manager or a Product Marketing Manager. I also continue to serve on the boards of NGOs, and create greater social impact.


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Invited to Interview

Considering: Berkeley Haas, Tepper, UCLA Anderson, Rice Jones

Invited to Interview: Rice Jones


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi Ms. Strategic Photographer! This is Kate Richardson with mbaMission. Straight away, I like your creative background and entrepreneurial spirit — less typical, especially for someone raised in a traditional family. I think those are mostly positives, but remember that that’s a less typical pre-MBA path, so you have a challenge in proving you’re serious about this next step, have enough leadership experience to contribute to the classroom, and have the quantitative skillset to handle the curriculum. Hopefully you were able to prove those points through your essays. I think a higher GRE would be ideal, especially on the quant side, and especially for Haas and Kellogg. The fact that you got an interview with Jones is a good sign that your profile is resonating, …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Ms. Strategyic Photographer – thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera here from Stratus.

    Your background is definitely different from most profiles schools will see from Indian applicants. Congrats on being invited to interview – this is a great sign that Kellogg and Rice Jones want to learn more about you.
    I think you would be well served to tighten up your goals. What industry do you see yourself working in as a product manager? Perhap it is something that aligns with photography (a camera company?) or other experiences you have to date.

    I’m a bit unclear about your work experience. It is showing jus 6 months which is well below the average of 4-5 years at most of the programs you listed. Perhaps I am missing something …

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