Class of 2019 MBA Spotlight: Prateek Bhatia and Thea Le

Next up in our Class of 2019 Spotlight series are Prateek Bhatia and Thea Le, MBA graduates in the Class of 2019:

Prateek Bhatia ’19 (MBA) 

Prateek.Bhatia '19 (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?
Credit Suisse, Investment Banking Associate

What was your favorite class and why?
Business Modeling, as it allowed me to understand how to structure problems and map out solutions before acting on them. Entrepreneurial Finance would be a close second. 

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be? 
Transformative, Rewarding, Fun

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Leadership skills that I have learnt not only through team activities but also during my stint as Simon Finance & Investment Club (SFIC) president will definitely help me as I step into my new role.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
It’s tough to pick one, but it’s between hosting the SFIC Investment Conference as president, the ski trip in winter 2019, and the Simon Diwali celebrations.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Do some self-reflection on what your expectations are from the degree. The more honest you are with yourself, the easier it will be to navigate through the program. Also, reach out to as many people as possible to get their insights regarding the school, the program, and anything else that is on your mind. It will help solidify your perspective and also help create a network of professionals which you could tap into.

 

Thea (Thao) Le ’19 (MBA)

Thea.Le '19 (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?
General Mills, Associate Marketing Manager

What was your favorite class and why?
Business Modeling—it’s one of the first quant-heavy classes I took at Simon, and I remember how mortified I was just by looking at a complex Excel file before taking this class. I thought I would struggle a lot and would feel miserable, but it turned out to be one of my favorite classes. Yes, I think business modeling is challenging, but Prof. Ravi Mantena made it a very engaging and interesting experience. I acquired new analytics skill, but more importantly, I realized that there’s nothing I can’t learn as long as I put in enough efforts and have a good instructor.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Life-changing: the MBA program helped me to start my career in the US and greatly enriched my exposure. Connection: I made countless connections—professional and personal—and built my own network.
Rollercoaster-like: there are plenty of ups and downs—crazily busy times but also crazily fun moments.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
How to balance the data-driven analytics with guts and feels from business sense.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
I threw my 30th birthday party at my place with some of my classmates; we had lots of fun, and I felt like I just turned 21.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
The MBA is a life-changing experience. It’s not an easy path, but it’s an amazing journey. Before packing your bags, think about what you can and should do to make the most out of your two years because, believe it or not, it isn’t that long. Carpe diem!

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