I have been a member of this community for over 3 years now. I learnt a lot from beatthegmat and gmatclub. I thought that one fine day, I will also write a success story similar to the ones I read during my preparation days and got motivated from. Somehow, applications process got the better of me after GMAT, hefty loaning process got the better of me before joining the business school, and settling up in the USA and performing in the competitive class got the better of me during the first two semesters of my MBA. Having bagged an internship with my dream company and admiring the setup in Seattle, I felt it is high time I shared my story of going from a 730 GMAT to B-school interviews to now finally a Finance Manager intern at Microsoft. If this story can touch the life of even one future aspirant, I will be happy.
I appeared for GMAT the first time and scored a 700. I decided that was a good score but not a great score, so I would write the GMAT again. For 3 months I followed a strict study plan, making sure I did at least 2 RCs, 10 SCs, 10 CRs everyday along with 10-15 quant DS questions. I also spread out the quant PS section focusing on one topic each week. I found my score improve dramatically and I started scoring in the 750-760 range in the Manhattan tests. Being much more confident than last time, I appeared for the test a second time. I had a bad day and ended up with a 730. It was definitely an improvement but I felt I was slated for at least 750. This time too I was not too happy with my score, but decided that I would apply to my dream schools with this score. I took help with my application and applied to the top schools including HBS/Stanford/Duke/Kelley/Ross. I interviewed with Stanford, Duke (waitlisted) and Kelley among a quite a few. Though Stanford and Duke were dings I had great experiences interviewing and competing for the top spots in the world. Kelley was a great fit and the people were amazing. I decided that my MBA career would start in the university town of Bloomington where I had access to the top ranked faculty in the world!
At Kelley I have got the highest quality education and have become a part of a highly talented yet humble community of classmates. The professors here are rockstars and so are the career-coaches who are straightforward, effective and supportive. The great thing about the small class size is that people know you and your story. It’s a big, happy family we have at Kelley! I got personal guidance from second years and career coaches, that helped polish my skills and prepare me for the rigorous interview process for the internship. After tens of interviews with many firms, I finally decided to join Microsoft as Finance Manager Intern.
Through this journey this forum has been extremely helpful and I want to thank the community for providing this tremendous resource. It is always great to find so many likeminded individuals aspiring for similar aim and the energy level in these forums kept me going.
I also want to thank Mr Mayank Srivastava, my mentor at Experts Global training services who supported me, drew my study plan, and coached me through the process to make sure I achieve a good GMAT score and multiple admits. He inspired me to gain another year’s experience and improve my GMAT and profile; in my almost two years’ long association with ExpertsGlobal, I got some effective and result oriented guidance for GMAT Preparation and MBA applications process. It is touching to see a young, Indian company giving world class mentoring in an extremely professional manner. Way to go!
Last, and crucial, I have my family and friends to thank for believing in me and staying supportive as my MBA journey took long to commence. It was nice to see people staying patient and showing faith in me.
My key learning from this journey…
Do not give up or settle for less
It’s all not as difficult or undoable as it is sometimes portrayed to be
Do not hesitate in seeking professional help- be it your gmat preparation or application process. However, ensure you get it right
I was told that the real fight starts after getting the GMAT score. Small correction- the real fight starts after getting into a business school
Just hang in and keep doing your best. Results will follow.
Now I begin my internship and am excited for what’s in store for me. Till my next post, keep rocking!