Shantan Sawa

Master of Science in Information Systems

Current MS Program: Master of Science in Information Systems

1st or 2nd Year: 1st year

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Undergraduate University and Major: VIT University, Computer Science and Engineering

Are you a member of any student clubs or organizations? Smith Masters Student Association 

Shantan Sawa

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

Boasting one of the top faculty the country has to offer, coupled with the sheer reputation and quality of education, the RH Smith School of Business is one of the best universities in the country. The Smith community provides its student with the perfect platform and exposure to the corporate sector through its curriculum and activities that facilitate the smooth transition into the business world. What really solidified my stance to attend the Smith School of Business is that the program of Information System is consistently hailed as one of the best programs in the United States, offering such an intricate and comprehensive curriculum, giving me the opportunity to take courses and electives where my interests lie. With the Smith community’s seemingly endless resources, strong network and the school’s location, there are many career opportunities. The school is grooming and guiding me to pursue my career objectives.

In your opinion, what makes your Smith MS program unique?

In this modern age, where most of the organizations are run on numbers and data generated, there is a rising demand for people who can analyze, interpret, and act on the information curated from the data. Information Systems serves this very purpose. The objective of the program is to groom the candidates, not only honing their technical skills, but also inculcating the necessary soft skills required to lead organizations in this digital world. Information Systems is a very flexible and malleable program in which the graduate student can apply the knowledge in any field or industry, providing them with a myriad of career opportunities. Information Systems bridges the gap between the two seemingly independent verticals of technology and management.

What advice would you give to a future candidate?

I would advise the future candidate not to be afraid, hesitant, or apprehensive. Look forward to this brave new world and grab the opportunity and make full use of it. Time management is of utmost importance. The candidate must invest his/her time smartly for all of their activities, but not at the expense of fun. Finally, do not be afraid to reach out to your peers, faculty, seniors, or the administration. Everybody at the Smith School will try their best to make you feel comfortable and assist you. And if you have anything on your mind, pertaining to studies or logistics, or you simply want to relax and have fun, you can always reach out to me. Cheers, and congratulations.

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