Viplove Prakash, MBA 2018

Focus Area: Data Analytics
Hometown: Patna, India
Education: B.M.S. College of Engineering
Before Smith: IBIBO Group Pvt. Ltd.
Extracurricular Activities: Finance Association, Data Analytics Club, Toastmasters, Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business?

The Smith School of Business is a top-ranked program with world-class faculty and a large alumni network & community. I knew that the small Smith MBA program (with exactly 99 candidates in my year) would provide a personal and impactful learning experience for me. I also knew that the program’s well-developed core curriculum and a wide-range of electives would give me expertise in one or more functional areas of business, hone my management skills, and help me achieve my career goals and aspirations.

In your opinion, what makes the Smith MBA program unique?

The Smith Experience program provides students with real-world learning opportunities and real-life scenarios. As a first-year student, I’m really excited about the Smith Experience program, especially the Mayer Fund and Google Challenge.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

The Smith MBA program will start sharpening all your skills even before you actually join the program. It has all the right tools you need to succeed in both your personal and professional life. You will have the opportunity to learn from your peers, alums, and faculty. My advice is to always be open to new ideas and take advantage of all the learning opportunities. Go Terps!