Category: Student Spotlight

Taking Risks and Reaping Rewards

The following blog post was written by Koji Takagi, MBA Class of 2019

I recently took a big risk. I left my comfortable job. I left a familiar place. Most difficult of all, I moved 6 hours and 36 minutes away (by plane) from my wife. I did these things so I could further develop myself by earning an MBA at Simon. Several times a week, I mutter to myself: “why in the world did I do this? My life was so comfortable.” True, my life was comfortable, but that does not mean that I was living up to my potential.

To remind myself that this risk was worthwhile, I want to take some time to number several of the rewards that have resulted from taking this risk:

Koji1) I gained a network of brilliant, kind individuals. I haven’t met someone yet who would not be willing to help me. I have a classmate who took the time to teach me some calculus just because he wanted to help. I have a classmate who, hopefully, will become a business partner someday. I have also met a number of alumni who have taken the time to get to know me and have shared their experiences. These interactions have helped me realize that what I am doing will help me get to where I want to go.

2) I am learning so much. Simon wants everyone to be aware of its reputation: a program that is unabashedly analytical. I can vouch for this 100 percent. Every class takes an analytical approach to learning, which is shoring up my skills in this area. Simon also has world-class faculty. Lectures are engaging, even subjects that I am indifferent to, like accounting.

3) I am having new experiences. I did a ropes course and I went zip lining during Orientation, two things that I would never have done before. By the way, I probably won’t do either again. But, I am happy I tried. I went to New York City for networking events and Philadelphia for a networking conference. So much happens during an MBA.

This list could easily go on for a while, but I think you get the idea. Sometimes it is good to get out of your comfort zone and take a risk. A wild ride and some unexpected rewards are likely waiting for you.

​Cheers.

Intern and Full-Time Business Analytics Student: “One of the Best Decisions I Have Made”

Before she came to Simon, Monica Perez ’17 MS in Business Analytics discovered her passion for providing data-driven insights while she was working as a research analyst at a medical school. The Business Analytics program was a natural fit for Monica, but what surprised her was having the chance to intern as a data analyst while simultaneously managing a full-time course load.

When her Career Management Center career advisor alerted her to an exciting opportunity for Business Analytics students, she never imagined she would have the chance to put lessons in R, SQL, and Tableau from her Introduction to Business Analytics class into practice so soon. She felt well equipped to contribute with senior management and inform recommendations to clients.

Her packed schedule has made Monica a “professional” time manager, and though hectic at times, she knows her efforts have been worthwhile. She sums it up best: “If I had the chance to do it again, I would definitely do it again.”

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What are you capable of? Surprise yourself at Simon.

As you work on your application, we encourage you to attend our upcoming webinar:

MS in Business Analytics Information Session – Thursday, October 19 at 12 p.m. EDT

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the MS in Business Analytics program structure, course offerings, and career outcomes
  • Hear from current Business Analytics students
  • Receive an introduction to the Career Management Center
  • Meet faculty members from the Business Analytics program
  • Receive an application fee waiver ($150 value) if you attend the live session

We hope to review your application soon, and look forward to speaking with you on Thursday!

MS in Marketing Analytics Grad Begins Career in NYC

Darya Benison ’17 MS in Marketing Analytics arrived at Simon with two clear goals: to round out her profile with more technical marketing skills, and to find a position in New York City after graduation.

Academically, Simon offered the courses Darya was looking for to “rewire” the way she thought about marketing. In particular, her Marketing Research Using R class with Prof. Mitch Lovett pushed her outside her comfort zone and rewarded her with a rich portfolio and diversified marketing skillset to continue building upon throughout her career.

In terms of networking, Darya participated in various career days Simon hosts in New York City, frequently kept in touch with the NYC-based Career Management Center staff member who helps students cultivate corporate relationships, and maximized her class-free Fridays by spending long weekends networking and interviewing in New York. Her dedication and laser-like focus paid off: she’s now a data strategist at Codeword in Manhattan.

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You’re driven to succeed. We’re committed to your success. Apply today.

As you work on your application, we encourage you to attend our upcoming webinar:

MS in Marketing Analytics Information Session – Tuesday, October 17 at 12 p.m. EDT

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the MS in Marketing Analytics program structure, course offerings, and career outcomes
  • Hear from current Marketing Analytics students
  • Receive an introduction to the Career Management Center
  • Meet Paul Nelson, faculty advisor for the program
  • Receive an application fee waiver ($150 value) if you attend the live session

We hope to review your application soon, and look forward to speaking with you on Oct. 17!

MS in Accountancy Grad Heads to Deloitte

After graduating with an undergraduate business degree, Kal Tiruneh ’17 MS in Accountancy, managed accounts payable and receivable for two New York City restaurants. This experience helped her realize that she needed a master’s degree to build technical accounting skills. Simon’s MS in Accountancy program was the right fit for her because of its academic credentials (the curriculum satisfies the academic requirement to sit for the New York State CPA exam) and its close-knit, collegial community.

At Simon, she sharpened her accounting knowledge – even auditing a class to strengthen her foundation – and learned how to lead a diverse team of peers, tapping into each person’s unique strength. These are the talents she’ll bring with her when she joins Deloitte as an audit staff member, where she will support the audit team and advise clients on their financial statements.

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Where will Simon take you? Take the first step toward your future and apply today.

As you work on your application, we encourage you to attend our upcoming webinar:

MS in Accountancy Information Session – Tuesday, October 10 at 12 p.m. EDT

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the MS in Accountancy program structure, course offerings, and career outcomes
  • Hear from current Accountancy students
  • Receive an introduction to the Career Management Center
  • Meet Heidi Tribunella, faculty advisor for the program
  • Receive an application fee waiver ($150 value) if you attend the live session

We hope to review your application soon, and look forward to speaking with you on Oct. 10!