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Ignited Minds on LEAP: Raina Ginella Dsouza

Ignited Minds on LEAP: Raina Ginella Dsouza

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We are proud to present success stories of students who, armed with their dreams and passion to reach for the stars, aim to achieve excellent scores in tests like GMAT, GRE, SAT & LSAT by using the learning and preparation tools on QS LEAP. We hope that their stories motivate you, and make you believe that you too can challenge the best in the world.

Today’s story is about Raina Ginella Dsouza .

Tell us a bit about your background: city, school and college you went to, work experience if any.

I am from Mumbai, India, though I completed my schooling and college from Mangalore University. I started my career at Dell as a customer service representative and worked there for 7 years. I was a quality coach when I left Dell to join a startup as an Executive assistant to the CEO of the company. After working there for 15 months, I moved on to assist the former MD and president of Time Inc. India for about a year. I’m currently married and settled in the US.  🙂

What are your aspirations for the future?
I have always wanted to become a doctor. Unfortunately, I did not study well enough to get good scores in my 12th standard and in turn settled for a Bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry. Since I have a lot of free time in hand now, I want to pick up where I left off. Having realized that studying medicine might be time consuming, MS in health care was my next choice. For me, it was always about taking care of patients; I could either do it as a doctor or as a Healthcare Administrator. I chose the latter.

How has QS LEAP helped you in the past weeks/months towards your preparation?

Math & Physics have always been my pain points. So when I started to prep for GRE, none of the questions made sense to me. Though the math here involves nothing but basic high school geometry, algebra, number properties and permutations, I could never move past my fear for numbers. I tried various available websites to make things easier and fun, but nothing seemed to work. Then I came across QS LEAP. What I liked about this website was that the solutions explained were simple to understand for a mathematically challenged person. To summarise, this website is not only designed for mathematical pros but also for a person like me to whom numbers make no sense at times. It helped boost my confidence tremendously. What I also like about QS LEAP is the presence of mentors on the platform, who respond to queries instantly and are always eager to help.

What I also like about QS LEAP is the presence of mentors on the platform, who respond to queries instantly and are always eager to help.

What would be your study/prep tips for fellow candidates on QS LEAP?

Never give up. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” (Philosophical, I know, but I think it’s true.) 🙂


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