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Student Spotlight — Rajalakshmi Muthukumarasamy: IT Programmer, Aspiring Entrepreneur, and Steve Jobs Enthusiast

Posted in Student Resources on March 15, 2011 by

In this Student Spotlight, meet Raji, a current IT programmer and aspiring entrepreneur originally from Madurai, India!


Rajalakshmi Muthukumarasamy [I know it’s hard to say :-). People call me ‘Raji’]


Madurai, India [Now in Colorado Springs, CO]

Current job?

IT Programmer

Why do you want to get an MBA?

To know the nuances of Business and Management to become a successful Entrepreneur

What’s your dream job after b-school?


Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?

I invested 14-16 hours a week before the exam. I completed all the practice exercises and tests in the GMAT books – Kaplan/Princeton/GMAT Official Guides. On the whole, I took 6 online GMAT tests before the exams. I went over few materials that I had downloaded from different websites and also the strategies/tips offered in Beat the GMAT community. I was able to crack almost all the questions on time but some times I ended up choosing the trap answer. That was a real challenge for me! From my experience, I feel two techniques are very important in GMAT: applying the strategies and time management.

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

Rich Zwelling – His way of teaching, an in depth analysis, the tips and intricacies of arriving at the correct answer is outstanding!

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

When you smile, I smile with you…

Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

Data Sufficiency since that’s tricky!

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs – My inspiration!

Harry Potter or Twilight?

I prefer Wizards over Vampires. So, hands up for Harry Potter!