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Rahul Rathore, MBA 2018

“At the beginning of my application process, I had reached out to only one Smith ambassador. By the time I was done with my essays, a total of 9 current students had volunteered to get in touch with me.”

Focus Area: Consulting & General Management
Hometown: Indore, India
Education: Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
Before Smith: Chiu Teng Group, Singapore
Extracurricular Activities: International MBA Association, Consulting Club, Net Impact

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

My first reason for selecting the Smith MBA is the very distinguishing feature of the program—the Smith Experience. As a civil engineer, I have observed and learned that, even when I know all the formulas or procedures of how to design a structure, until I can translate a theoretical design into an actual object, I cannot call myself a good engineer. The Smith Experience does the same for an MBA student.

Within the Smith Experience, I am especially interested in the MBA Consulting Practicum because it will provide me with an immersive experience in consulting. I will be able to apply my learning to a real world business problem.

The second reason is the Centers of Excellence at the school. The very foundation of my career goal is to create social value using business practices so that I can empower individuals in India, and hence I am very much interested in the Center for Social Value Creation and the electives it offers. The center creates the same positive change that I want to achieve post MBA and hence is one of the main reasons I chose the Smith MBA.

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

Although there are many, one unique attribute of the Smith MBA program that stands out most is the collaborative culture. There is no doubt that the application process is extremely exhausting and stressful for most MBA candidates. As an applicant I found students at Smith very helpful in clearing my questions about the program. Through them I got information that I would have not been able to gather on my own. At the beginning of my application process, I had reached out to only one Smith ambassador. By the time I was done with my essays, a total of 9 current students had volunteered to get in touch with me. As a construction professional I knew that collaboration is key to success of any project, but at Smith I felt the power of collaboration at a whole new level.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

A lone wolf is not the mighty one.

Although it is good to be confident of one’s abilities, over reliance on them is certainly not the best strategy. One must understand that sometimes reaching out to the people is of great importance, be it in your work place or the MBA application process. Reaching out to the current students and faculty will give you insights and inside information about the program that you will not get otherwise. So leave aside any hesitations, articulate your thoughts and questions well, draft an email and send it to current students, alums or faculty, and we will be happy to help.