Case Study- A Reapplicant’s Journey to 5 good MBA Programs with Scholarships
Although every applicant has specific concerns about their chances of admission to the top business schools, their apprehensions multiply manifold when they have already faced rejection once. Nitish's application got rejected by Rice and ISB last year, but this neither dampened his spirit nor deterred him from applying the following year again. MER worked with Nithish on 4 schools and helped him in creating an application that helped him fulfill his dream of securing a place in five top 30 business schools, three with generous scholarships. Nithish decided to attend Rice Jones business school that offered him 75% scholarship.
And now presenting Nithish:
Academic: Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering
Institute: National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
Industry: Oil and gas
Work Experience: 5 years
With a degree in Chemical Engineering, Nithish started his career as a Graduate Trainee at an oil and gas service provider. He worked his way up and was promoted as Process Design Engineer after three years. As a Process Engineer, he worked on Sohar Refinery Improvement Project, a 2.3 billion USD project in Oman. Working on this fast track project, he faced numerous challenges and saved millions of dollars for both his client and the company. With five years of experience in the energy industry and the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) business, he gained both technical knowledge and an understanding of project execution.
In college, Nithish volunteered for CRY, an NGO that works to protect the rights of underprivileged children. He provided financial help to ten mentally challenged children to support their good education and vocational training. Nithish loves to undertake treks to mountains, indulges in adventure sports such as Kayaking and rappelling; he plays football and loves to solve puzzles.
Nithish felt that his career had hit a plateau, and he needed training in business and leadership to assume the role of a manager in the growing energy sector. Nithish's post-MBA goal was to work with one of the leading organizations in the energy sector for infrastructure development, including new oil and gas plants, refineries, and pipelines to meet the world's growing energy demand. He was keen to make a difference in the energy sector and believed affordable energy is essential to our society.
To gain an in-depth understanding of his profile, we first administered a questionnaire of 20 questions about his background, values, professional career, accomplishments, leadership stories, career goals, extra-curricular activities, and interests. After scrutinizing all his personal and professional stories, we started working together on his application to showcase his candidacy for his four target business schools - Rice, UNC, McCombs, and Mays.
Some of the key highlights of our work together are:
Nithish received admit offers from Rice, Mays, UNC Kenan Flagler, Kelley, and ISB. Kelley offered a $30,000 scholarship and allowed him to work within the campus. MAYs offered him a $15,000 scholarship and in-state tuition, which also became a $30,000 scholarship. Rice specially offered him a 75% scholarship. Nithish had targeted schools in and around Texas since he wanted to work in Houston, in one of the major oil companies. Therefore, Rice and Mays were on the top of his list. Nithish finally selected Rice for its ranking in the top ten schools in entrepreneurship, excellent career prospects, and a strong alumni network.
MER was delighted to work with a hard-working and accomplished professional like Nithish. He came across as a person with strong technical knowledge and a positive frame of mind. His 'never say die' spirit impressed us. His positivity, focus, diligence, and perseverance to realize his dreams despite all odds bore fruits and won him seats in 5 good business schools, 3 with scholarships. MER revels in his success and congratulates Nithish on this stupendous success. We wish him good luck in his future endeavours!
In a video interview with MER, Nithish shares his story of determination and strong will and the resulting success.
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