Category: 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

We hope to see you on campus in October!

A Sneak Peek at 2022 Application Requirements & Essay Prompts

With a month until Simon Business School’s full-time application for Fall 2022 entry launches, we wanted to provide you with some additional information so you have everything you’ll need to apply well before our first deadline (October 15).

First, if you didn’t attend live, be sure to view this excerpt of our recent webinar, Applying to Simon: How to Prepare Your Best Application, to receive advice directly from members of Simon’s Admissions Committee.

You’ll need the following to complete Simon’s online application:

  • Transcripts (undergraduate as well as any graduate transcripts)
  • GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment* (EA is for MBA only)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test* (international applicants only)
  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Optional: Video Essay
  • Two References
  • $90 Application Fee
  • Optional: InitialView (MS Only)

*Waiver available.

Our application has two mandatory essays. When you are preparing your responses, make sure you fully answer the question, stay within the word count (250–500 words), and run your responses by a friend or family member before submitting—if they can guess what the prompt was, chances are you did a great job addressing it! The essays for 2022 entry are as follows:

Essay One:

  • Describe your short-term and long-term post-graduation goals.
  • Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable.
  • How does your past education and experience support your career objectives?
  • Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study?

Essay Two:

Simon’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion has been long-standing and demonstrated by our diverse student profile. An essential part of our mission is to foster diversity of thought throughout our wide breadth of curricular and co-curricular activities in order to help develop students into global business leaders. In recognition of this, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Simon as the most diverse MBA program among its top-50 business schools. As a Simon student, how will you contribute to Simon’s pledge to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access?

We encourage you to fill out our application interest form if you haven’t already so you can receive application tips from the Simon Admissions Committee and updates regarding the opening of the 2022 application. If you have any questions, reach out to us at

We wish you all the best as you prepare for business school!

Class of 2021 Spotlight: Andrew Datu and Shruti Mishra

Next up in our Class of 2021 Spotlight series are Andrew Datu and Shruti Mishra, MBA graduates in the Class of 2021:

Andrew Datu ’21S (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?
I’m headed to New Jersey for a marketing manager role at Verizon.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was easily Professor Mitch Lovett’s Advanced Market Strategy course. We simulated running a company and delegating roles, and we then dissected the simulated data to inform our decisions against other companies.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Collaborative, challenging, and self-driven.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
The most important thing I learned is to trust my own decisions. Throughout my student experience, I’ve had to write reports, do my research, provide the evidence, solicit opinions, and then synthesize my findings into a digestible conclusion. I’ve learned to value my insights and ability to add value to my teams and organizations.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Visit different campuses, talk to students from different schools, and ensure that the curriculum and opportunities provided at those schools are in line with your goals. You’ll know what fits when you find it. 

Shruti Mishra ’21S (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?
I’m joining HP Inc.’s Strategy and Business Development unit in Houston, Texas. As a part of the Digital Transformations team, I’ll be identifying optimization opportunities within HP’s Go to Market processes and leading the implementations of machine learning-based solutions.

What was your favorite class and why?
I’m split between Managing Digital Products and Platforms taught by Professor Ravi Mantena and Digital Business Strategy taught by Professor Roy Jones. Both the classes were very engaging and informative, and I came out having learned things about business practices that are definitely going to help me in in my current role.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Unpredictable, challenging, and rewarding.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Simon’s focus on analytics helped me develop a very strong set of skills that I was able to utilize during my internship, and I believe these will also come in handy for my full-time role. Also, the compassion and generosity I’ve experienced during my time here has made me a better person, and I think that will help distinguish me from my peers more than any other skills.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Work hard, remain true to your goal, and don’t be afraid to take chances.