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Speak With A Current MBA Student!

Here in the United States we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday—a time when we pause and reflect on what enriches our lives. One thing we are grateful for now and all year round is the Simon community. There’s a reason why you often hear current students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni refer to the “Simon family.” We all come from different countries and have various backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions, and that diversity is our strength. We care about each other, support one another, and celebrate the successes of friends and peers.

One of the ways our students foster this close-knit environment is by engaging with prospective students throughout all stages of the admissions process. If you’re curious about Simon’s Full-Time MBA program—the work load, the STEM-designated option, the internship/career search, or even something as simple as where to find the best food on campus, feel free to email any one of our MBA students in this post or on our website—they are eager to connect with you!

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Julianne Fiori, Class of 2022
From: Pittsford, NY
Academic Focus: Product Management (specialization); Entrepreneurship and Global Business (minor)
Post MBA Plans: Pursue a career within the tech industry where I am able to influence teams across the globe within the marketing and business development space. As someone who has a strong passion for international business, I plan to take my career global where I will be able to work cross-functionally, not only between teams but also between countries.
Simon Clubs: Simon Entrepreneurs Association (President); Forté; Simon Women in Business; Simon Marketing Association

“I love the diversity that Simon offers its students, not only within its course and club offerings but the classmates within each MBA cohort.”

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Mukund Prasad, Class of 2022
From: Gaya, India
Academic Focus: Product Management (specialization); Finance (minor)
Post-MBA Plans: Product manager in FinTech industry
Simon Clubs: Simon Product Management Club

“I chose Simon because of its strong community, great management support, and lucrative return on investment.”

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Anika Wright, Class of 2022
From: Bronx, NY
Academic Focus: Corporate Finance
Post-MBA Plans: ESG/Impact Investing
Simon Clubs: Simon Black Student Alliance; Simon Volunteers; Simon Women in Business; Forté

“I chose Simon because it was the first school with a STEM MBA for every specialization, and it champions diversity.”

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Please note that our current students will be unavailable November 24–28 due to Thanksgiving break, so responses will be delayed during that period.

These are just three of 17 MBA students who regularly communicate with prospective students—reach out to them for answers to all your burning b-school questions.

We wish you all the best as you prepare for your MBA!

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Happi Christian

In the final installment of the Class of 2021 Spotlight Series, meet recent MBA graduate Happi Christian:

Where have you headed after graduation?
I am heading to Adobe as a senior data product manager in their Engagement and Retention Analytics practice.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Business Modeling with Professor Ravi Mantena. Ravi’s unique approach to teaching was highly impactful. The class has helped me develop a deep and intuitive ability to structurally approach business problems and ideate and develop solutions. Nevertheless, I enjoyed all my classes at Simon. They have all played a part in preparing me for my short- and long-term future endeavors.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Inspired, grateful, and joyful.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
So much. Despite joining Simon with a highly technical background (my degree is in telecommunications engineering), I was lagging in strategy and business skills and experience. Simon has significantly helped me develop these skills, which have complemented my technical skills and positioned me for greater success as a data product manager.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
Orientation week. I enjoyed meeting my classmates from all different backgrounds and cultures across the world. I had never interacted with such a diversified set of people before.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
For prospective students, Simon’s MBA program uniquely positions you to integrate into the US workforce easily and successfully post-MBA. Unlike other MBA programs in the US, Simon’s program is developed with you in mind and tailored to meet your needs. It exposes you to classmates of different cultures across the world, which will significantly broaden your understanding of other cultures. Simon’s small class size helps for a highly personalized learning environment and its STEM designation makes you very well positioned to earn high wages in the job market.

Join us for Diversity Conference October 8–9

Though we are still enjoying beautiful summer weather in Rochester, we’re already thinking ahead to fall—mostly because we are so excited to invite you to campus for one of our signature annual events:

Diversity Conference*
Friday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. – Saturday, October 9, 5:00 p.m.
(plus optional evening social event on Saturday)

*This event will adhere to all current CDC, New York State, and University of Rochester COVID-19 safety guidelines. The event will proceed in person provided local and University guidelines allow.

Simon was recently ranked the No. 1 most diverse MBA program among U.S. News & World Report‘s top 50 business schools—a distinction that underscores our longstanding commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Join us for Diversity Conference October 8–9 and experience our culture of inclusion firsthand.

At this event, you will:

  • Attend a leadership panel of distinguished alumni
  • Interact with faculty, staff, and current students
  • Take a sample class
  • Meet fellow prospective MBA students
  • Experience our #SimonStrong, close-knit community

Even better? Travel stipends are available to help offset the cost of your trip to Rochester. If you have questions, please contact us at events@simon.rochester.edu

We hope to see you on campus in October!

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Julia Myers and Jonathan Eng

Next up are Julia Myers and Jonathan Eng, MS graduates from Simon’s Class of 2021:

Julia Myers (MS in Marketing Analytics)

Where are you headed over the summer?
I am spending the summer with family out on the North Fork of Long Island. I’ll be starting my job as an analyst at NielsenIQ remotely, but I hope to move to NYC at the end of the summer!

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Analytics Design and Application with Professor Mitch Lovett. It gave me an idea of what kinds of analytics techniques are used in the industry and how we could apply them to real world client projects, which is really helpful experience to have as I begin my career!

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

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
I believe that the networking and communication experience that I gained while at Simon will be the most helpful in my career. I’ve learned how to not only communicate my analytics insights effectively but also how to communicate and network with coworkers and industry leaders.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory was our graduation ceremony. It was so fun to be able to celebrate with my classmates, and as a University of Rochester undergrad Class of 2020 graduate who had the ceremony canceled due to the pandemic, it was really special to finally have a celebration on campus.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
My advice would be to take advantage of all the learning opportunities at Simon and get involved outside of the classroom. There are so many clubs, networking opportunities, and social events that can really enhance your experience at Simon and further prepare you for your career.



Jonathan Eng (MS in Accountancy)

Where are you headed over the summer?
After graduation, I’m heading to the DC area! I’ll be working for EY in assurance.

What was your favorite class and why?
Professional Communications was one of the most rewarding classes I’ve taken at Simon. Public speaking was something I really wanted to work on, and this course helped me become more comfortable communicating to and within groups of people.

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

What have you learned that will help you most in your career?
One of the biggest things I learned from Simon is how to take on new challenges. The demands and pace of the program were a steep learning curve, but working through that has equipped me to navigate unfamiliarity in the future.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
One of the best aspects of Simon for me was the admissions process. I felt supported by the admissions staff the entire way, and having that positive experience was a great start to my time here at Simon.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors or Benet CMC advisors! They really do want to get to know you as a learner and as a candidate and are rooting for you to succeed.