Category: Student Blogs

Watch: Navy Veteran Leverages Data, Leadership with Gartner

As a veteran of the United States Naval Reserve, Justin Lewis ’19 (MBA) was no stranger to leadership and pushing his limits. Looking ahead to the next step in his career, he knew pursuing a STEM-designated MBA at Simon would build on his strong foundation, allowing him to focus on finance and learn how to analyze data to drive decision-making.

He’ll be doing just that in his full-time role as a strategy consultant with Gartner.

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Where will a Simon MBA take you? 

Get ready to submit your application by attending our “Preparing to Apply & Common Mistakes to Avoid” webinar on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. EDT. You will learn about what is required in each section and how to prepare the strongest application possible, as well as get insider tips straight from the Admissions Committee. Plus, if you attend the live session, you’ll receive an application fee waiver worth $90. We hope to connect with you soon!

If you’re looking to learn more about life as a Simon MBA student, we encourage you to visit us in Rochester and try it out for yourself. Register for Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference on October 11-12 to experience our culture of inclusion firsthand. 

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) 

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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!

Trista’s Tips: Housing Search and Life in Rochester with Wallace Gundy ’20 (MBA)

Current MBA student Wallace Gundy joins this edition of Trista’s Tips to share information about how she selected her graduate school housing and her favorite things to do in the city. If you’re preparing for your move to Rochester, we highly recommend you tune in!

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As always, if you have questions about the admissions or enrollment processes, please reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu.

Moving to Rochester? Current Students Are Here to Help!

Picking up your life and moving to another city to begin a graduate business program is a big change. One of the things you’ll need to check off your “to-do” list is finding a place to live. But where should you begin?

We have you covered! Current students answered a few questions about their homes in Rochester to help you figure out what option is best for you.

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Wallace Gundy ’20 (MBA):

Where do you live?
I live in the Park Avenue Neighborhood in the Whittier Building on South Goodman between Monroe and Park. It’s owned by Hannah Properties.

How did you make your decision?
I am a super social person so I wanted to live alone to balance that. I was looking for a managed apartment complex in a walking neighborhood and wanted to be in close proximity to restaurants and coffee shops. I was also on a budget, and this was an affordable option that met my wants and needs.  

What is your favorite thing about living there?
The proximity to everything in Rochester. I feel very centrally located and can be virtually anywhere on foot, in my car, or via Uber ride in a short period of time.

How do you get to campus?
I drive in a carpool with four other classmates—it’s super fun and eco-friendly!

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are considering living off campus?
Covered parking is HUGE and something I didn’t even realize was a luxury until I had it. You don’t want to be cleaning snow off your car in the morning before 8:30 class!

 
Jessica.HalladayJessica Halladay ’19 (MBA):

Where do you live?
I live with two classmates in a house downtown, close to East and Alexander where there are lots of restaurants and bars.

How did you make your decision?
I lived in grad housing (Goler House) during the first year of my MBA and wanted to try living off campus this year to experience more of Rochester.

What is your favorite thing about living there?
I like being close to bars and restaurants. It’s easy and quick for me to go out and meet people. 

How do you get to campus?
I either take a University of Rochester shuttle (the Orange Line), or if the shuttle is not running, I grab a city bus (which takes me to College Town).

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are considering living there?
Try living off campus. It’s pretty easy to get around Rochester, even without a car, so branch out and try to get out into the Rochester community. Also, talk to as many current students as you can—many of them will have tips about areas to target and areas to avoid.

 

Karthik.KrishnamoorthyKarthik Krishnamoorthy ’19 (MBA)

Where do you live?
I live in Goler House, one of the on-campus graduate housing options.

How did you make your decision?
I chose Goler because it is the most convenient way to get to campus during winters. You can also take the tunnel through the medical campus and get to campus whenever it is snowing outside.

What is your favorite thing about living there?
The people. Many of my classmates live here and it becomes super comfortable during exam times to study with friends.

How do you get to campus?
Two campus shuttles run to Goler House: the Blue Line and College Town express come every 20 minutes.

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are considering living there?
It is an amazing place and you feel like a family, with all friends around. Choose this place—Goler is the best during the winter months in Rochester.