Ashutosh converted two top Global Programa- Stanford, and IIM Ahemdabad.
Directly from the applicant: I was specifically targeting top programs and identified Stanford, MIT Sloan, London Business School and IIMA-PGPX. Jatin and I both were a bit apprehensive about these top-rated schools about whether or not my profile was good enough for them. Jatin warned me that I would have to work very hard if I was targeting such schools. While he said that to me, I knew that he said something similar to himself. We decided to apply only in R1 for all the schools to improve the chances and started the exercise.
For the application, we worked really hard. Many times I got Jatin’s comments (sometimes totally shredding my essays) at midnight within a few hours of my sending the draft. After several revisions, we submitted applications for IIM, Stanford, and London. MIT was a bit far in the process.
London Business School
I got the interview call from London, for which Jatin and I worked for several hours preparing. It was all good, except that I made a mistake of taking the call on my Vodafone mobile connection. After 2 dropped calls, I could sense the frustration in the interviewer and she could very well feel a high level of anxiety in me. My nervousness caused me two mistakes in my response and as expected I was dinged in London. But perhaps, everything happens for a reason.
We worked even harder for the IIM-A interview. Jatin reviewed each and every possible question several times starting from short-term/long-term goal to why MBA / why school etc. My interview with IIM was one of the best interviews of my life.
As expected, IIM-A sent an acceptance letter. A decision from Stanford was awaited at this time.
We were super serious while working on the Stanford essays. We spent hours together on the deadly “what matters most to you, and why?” and other essay questions. That essay is more spiritual than factual. And Jatin asked me to do just that. My God was smiling on me and Stanford sent me an interview invite.
By now we were prepared to handle regular interview questions and also the Stanford and program specific questions, thanks to the timely networking. The interview went very well, and I did not make a mistake to rely on a mobile connection. A few weeks later, December 9th, 2015, I received the acceptance letter from Stanford. It was no less than a dream coming true for me.
I did not proceed with my MIT application after this acceptance.
Jatin knows really well how to bring out the best in people. In addition, he works harder than the applicant, sets an example and inspires applicant to take the plunge. Of course, he is not a magician. But to the applicants, who are willing to give their best, the results are no less than a magic.