Cartha Siddiqui, Admissions Counselor

Cartha Siddiqui

Academic Background

Texas A&M University, BA
Harvard Business School, MBA

Area of Expertise

Consulting, banking, engineering, and international backgrounds.

Work Experience

Cartha has worked extensively with MBA applicants since leaving her consulting career with McKinsey & Co. in their New York and Houston offices. At McKinsey, her primary area of focus was Oil and Gas however she also completed many projects in the Financial and Insurance Group. After leaving the firm to travel the world with her family, she continued her relationship with McKinsey & Company as a professional resume screener for post-MBA job applicants.

Prior to McKinsey & Co, she earned her MBA at Harvard where she was a member of the Harvard Oil and Gas Club, Boat Club and Investment Club.

Her experience pre-MBA includes both reservoir and operations engineering for Mobil Oil Corporation focusing on South Texas and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University where she graduated magna cum laude.

A little more in-depth

What I like most about being a Stratus MBA Admissions Counselor:

Having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life via their application process. I love getting clients to think about what they really want and brainstorming the best way to get them there.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to business school:

Start early! I’d recommend keeping a journal or notebook handy to jot essay ideas down well before the applications come out. The prompts change every year, but your ideas are YOU!

3 Random Facts:

  • My husband and I were admitted to HBS as one of three married-to-each-other couples in our class.
  • I’ve lived in Holland, Norway, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, and Saudi Arabia (plus New Orleans, New York, Boston, Houston, Midland, Seminole, and Anchorage domestically). I’ve visited nearly everywhere else, but we keep going back to New Delhi, where my husband’s family lives. Dubai was my favorite adventure with Hong Kong following as a close second.
  • I LOVE ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, coffee, praline, cookie dough, rocky road….). I love ice cream so much that even my ranch property is minutes from an ice cream factory!

Blogs by Cartha

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