Class of 2020 MS Spotlight: Vimel Meng, Lauren Sharpe, and Siddhant Vaidya

Next up in our Class of 2020 Spotlight series are Vimel Meng, Lauren Sharpe, and Siddhant Vaidya, MS graduates in the Class of 2020:

Qinghan (Vimel) Meng ’20 (MS in Business Analytics)

Qinghan Vimel Meng'20 MSBAWhere are you headed over the summer?
This summer, I will be interning as a summer associate on the strategic analytics team at Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), which is my dream company!

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Analytics Design because in each class we learned a different topic in the analytics field, and we had a consultative business case project to practice where we used data and the codes we learnt at class to solve real-world problems.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Challenging, productive, and resourceful.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
I was seeking a career transfer from advertising to data analysis when I came to Simon. The curriculum of Simon is so well planned—it equipped me with analytics skills and tools I need for a career in data analytics. The alumni network definitely helped me clarify my career goal and gain knowledge of the analytics industry. The great career services and different treks gave me the opportunity to get in touch with my dream company and help me all the way from résumé to interview to job offer.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
Being a member of Simon School Venture Fund and working with a wonderful team, the Chicago Trek (where I visited IRI and then got an interview after we came back), networking with wonderful alumni of Simon, and WeWork Fridays in NYC.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Simon provides very rich resources in both academics and career development—make sure you seek them actively. Take advantage of the projects in each course including the practicum, alumni networking events, and opportunities from the career center. Be open to different people and opportunities. Simon is a wonderful school that could prepare you from having no experience to starting a career in analytics.

 

Lauren Sharpe ’20 (MS in Accountancy)

Lauren.Sharpe'20 (MSA)Where are you headed after graduation?
After graduation, I will be working as an auditor at Deloitte in Washington, DC.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Professional Communications because it forced me out of my comfort zone and improved my communication skills immensely.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Transformative, empowering, and hectic.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
During my time at Simon, I not only took quality accounting courses that will contribute to my success as an auditor, but I learned how to be a better teammate. The Simon experience emphasizes growing technical and people skills, which I believe are extremely important in any role.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite memory at Simon was Orientation. It was amazing to listen to guest speakers and meet fellow classmates, faculty, and staff.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
The best piece of advice I have for prospective students is to say yes to the opportunities that will come your way while at Simon or even in your life currently. While it may be uncomfortable to attend an event where you don’t know anyone or take a class that seems challenging, these are typically the experiences that are the most rewarding.

 

Siddhant Vaidya ’20 (MS in Finance)

Siddhant.Vaidya'20 (MSF)Where are you headed over the summer?
I will be a research analyst intern at High Probability Advisors, LLC.

What was your favorite class and why?
Investment Management and Trading Strategies with Professor Daniel Burnside is the best class I have taken! The class has a perfect amalgamation of theory and practice, along with invaluable lessons on life and career.

If you could use three words to describe your MS experience, what would they be?
Solidarity, transformational, and audacious.

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
You can achieve great things in life on your own, but if you seek the extraordinary, you’ll always need a team!

What is your favorite Simon memory?
Fright Night on Halloween! It was my first one here in the US. Costumes, food, drinks, and tons of fake blood—I couldn’t ask for more.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Don’t be afraid to take well thought out risks. No risk, no reward. 

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