“Smith invests heavily in their students’ education through graduate assistantships and scholarships.”
Focus Area: Technology, Business Analytics
Hometown: Pune, India
Education: Dr. D.Y.Patil College of Engineering
Before Smith: Infosys Limited
Extracurricular Activities: Professional Communications Club, Data Analytics Club, International MBA Association, Consulting Club
Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?
Outside of the regular research about the coursework, location, and strengths of the schools I was applying to, I also talked to current students to understand how they felt about their school. This was the best way to know about the real culture at schools and Smith stood out as a place where I believe I would have the best time over the next two years and more. Secondly, the proximity to DC was crucial, as I wanted to be as close as I could to the professional world in a major city. Lastly, Smith invests heavily in their students’ education through graduate assistantships and scholarships. Being an international student, this was a big bonus. All put together, Smith turned out to be an obvious choice.
In your opinion, what makes the Smith MBA program unique?
Smith fosters a close connection between the first year and second year MBA students. To me, this is what makes the program unique. Studying in an environment where your immediate guidance is your second-year student group, it just makes it a lot more collaborative. Everybody breathes the motto “Terps Helping Terps” with a lot of zest. It just makes you feel a lot more positive as you know you’re in an environment in which they’ll let you fall, but they’ll also show you how to get back up.
What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?
Most importantly, give a lot of importance and significance in understanding the school and the culture that surrounds it. You’re investing two years of your life and beyond into this culture and you need to be sure in doing it. To do that, talk to as many students as you can. Student perspectives will be different based on when they started their MBA, and you can spot consistencies that will add valid points for you to choose to be part of the Smith family. Last but not least, you’re coming to Smith not just for an MBA but also for undergoing a transformational experience in life. Be positive and look forward to enjoying two years here. We—the Smith family—are waiting for you. Go Terps!