My name is Vandana. I am from Bangalore, India and I’m applying to business schools this year to be a part of the Class of 2017.
I am passionate about technology and after graduating with a degree in Computer Science, I have been a part of a Fortune 500 company, started my own venture (and failed) and am now a Product Manager in an internet start up. I have 5+ years of work experience. I love to travel and my wanderlust has taken me to 15 countries so far across Europe and SE Asia. I am also passionate about dance – I’ve trained in Indian classical dance for over 12 years, and have learnt various other dance forms such as Salsa, Contemporary and Jazz.
After scoring a 760 on the GMAT on my first try, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how I did it – so I thought I’d start a blog with some detailed advice on how to tackle the GMAT head-on. I’ll also be posting my thoughts and experiences with the applications process and school selection. Being an MBA applicant is tough – GMAT, school research, applications, information sessions and interviews tend to take over your life and through my blog and shared experiences, I hope to help people through their MBA journey.
GMAT – 760 (Q50, V41), IR 5, AWA 5.5
TOEFL – 114/120
Applications Submitted: Kellogg School of Management (MMM Program), Tepper School of Business, UCLA Anderson
I was interviewed at, and admitted to, all the schools I applied to. I applied to Kellogg, Tepper and UCLA Anderson in Round-1, and ISB in Round-2. I was offered sizable scholarships at UCLA and Tepper, but chose to join Kellogg School of Management. This blog documents my journey to business school and life at and beyond b-school.