Category: Student Spotlight

Speak With A Current MS Student!

A few weeks ago we introduced you to some of our Full-Time MBA students who regularly communicate with prospective students, and we are lucky to have several MS students who do the same! If you have questions about our Full-Time MS programs in Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, or Marketing Analytics—the work load, STEM designation, the internship/career search, or even something as simple as where to find the best food on campus, feel free to email the current MS students below or any on our website—they are eager to connect with you!

GeeGee Pressley
From: Millford, CT
Academic Focus: MS in Accountancy
Post-MS Plans: Land a job at one of the Big Four companies
Simon Club: Simon Accounting Association

“I chose Simon because it will help me prepare to sit for the CPA exam and earn my license. I believe Simon will help me achieve my post-graduate goals.”

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Parshva Vakharia
From: Mumbai, India
Academic Focus: MS in Business Analytics
Post-MS Plans: I hope to enter the management consultant industry as a generalist and work on a variety of projects in different fields before being able to specialize in a field that piques a passion in me. 
Simon Club: Simon Consulting Club

“I chose Simon for the unique combination of an analytically rigorous curriculum and the corporate-world preparation.”

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Jillan Gunawan
From: Jakarta Indonesia
Academic Focus: MS in Finance
Post-MS Plans: Investment Banking
Simon Clubs: Simon Finance & Investment Club

“I chose Simon because of its sheer strength in the finance program, its alumni network, and the attention it puts towards international students.”

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Karina Vasquez
From: Lima, Peru
Academic Focus: MS in Marketing Analytics
Post-MS Plans: Brand/Marketing Manager
Simon Club: Simon Marketing Association

“Simon is the place where I believe I can holistically develop as a professional and improve my networking and leadership skills.”

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We encourage you to reach out to one of the students above—or any of our other MS students who regularly communicate with prospective students—for answers to your b-school questions.

Best of luck as you prepare for your MS degree!

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!

Andrea Bell is Ready to Take on New Challenges with MBA Specializing in Consulting

The following article was written by Jen Roach, director of internal communications at the University of Rochester, and originally appeared in the UR Newscenter.

Andrea Bell is driven by her desire to solve problems and have a positive impact on people’s lives. After years of working for the federal government, Bell, who holds a master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, wanted to transition to a career in consulting. “And I knew I needed to go to business school to do that,” she says.

Photo courtesy of Andrea Bell.

Bell, who is from Baldwin, New York, graduates this spring from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester with a STEM MBA in consulting, focused on strategy, with a minor in marketing.

She describes her Simon experience as “challenging yet rewarding.” In addition to her work in the classroom, Bell was involved with Simon’s student-led clubs and organizations, leading initiatives around career development, mental health and wellness, and racial equity.

Actively involved in Simon’s Graduate Business Council, she was elected to serve as the vice president of the Benet Career Management Center and Alumni Relations. For Black History Month, she helped moderate a virtual discussion with James Fripp, chief equity and inclusion officer with Yum! Brands, for a candid conversation with students and staff about his professional experiences in the field today. Additionally, she formed and helped lead with classmates a Racial Equity Task Force, which focused on advocating for systemic change and informed the equity, diversity, and inclusion action plan and forthcoming strategic plan for Simon.

Bell was also a coach for a team of first-year MBA students and served as a mentor for a Rochester undergraduate student through the Forté program.

“The opportunities I have had are because of the support I have received along my professional journey,” she says, noting that her goal was to serve as a resource for students as they navigated the hybrid school environment.

Additionally, during her first year in business school Bell served as project manager for Simon Vision Consulting and was a member of the board for Simon’s Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Board, a nonprofit that works to ensure equal representation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in management careers in the US business community. Bell is also a Forté Fellow and an MBA Professional Development Program Fellow through Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national nonprofit that aims to build a leadership pipeline from underrepresented communities.

This fall, Bell will begin a senior consultant position at Kalypso, an innovation consulting firm.

In the future, Bell hopes to empower people to achieve their career goals by opening her own career counseling practice with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues that are encountered by marginalized populations in work environments. She says she would also like to apply the knowledge she has learned about corporate governance by serving on a corporate board.

“Attending business school has allowed me to develop a foundational business acumen, expand my leadership experiences, and hopefully leave a legacy that ties in with the motto of the University of Rochester: Meliora,” Bell says.

Simon MBA Follows His Principles as a Leader Who Benefits Society

The following article was written by Peter Iglinski, media relations specialist at the University of Rochester, and originally appeared in the UR Newscenter.

When looking for a business school, Keenan Heyward was certain of one thing; he wanted a big institution with a lot of people. That was until he paid a visit to the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.

“When I came for my campus visit, I met a tight-knit community where the staff knows everybody,” says Heyward. “I realized this was actually what I wanted.”

Photo courtesy of Keenan Heyward.

Two years after starting on his MBA, as he prepares to receive his during commencement ceremonies in May, Heyward can say that the reality of Simon lived up to his expectations.

“I’m coming out of Simon much more confident in academic areas where I felt good and in academic areas where I needed work,” says Heyward. “But most importantly, I learned how to lead.”

The course that had the greatest influence on Heyward was advanced marketing strategies, taught by Mitchell Lovett, who recently became Simon’s senior associate dean of education and innovation. Working in groups of six, the students competed against each other while running simulated companies, with real-life challenges and crises thrown their way throughout the course. Heyward says the experience taught him to use his entire skill set.

And Heyward will get to put those skills to work immediately as senior specialist on Merck Pharmaceuticals’ global vaccine strategy team. In that role, Heyward will help Merck identify and develop solutions to some of the illnesses that will affect the world in the coming five or 10 years.

His new job will give Heyward the opportunity to fulfill one of his principles. “I came to business school with the belief that I would find a position that allowed me to get up in the morning and, in some small way, benefit society.”

Heyward didn’t simply learn about leadership in his classes at Simon; he learned about it in his many activities at Rochester, which included being vice president of events for the Black Student Alliance at Simon and chief operating officer for the Simon School Venture Fund, as well as doing volunteer work in the community, where he taught sixth grade students about entrepreneurship—all of which put additional demands on his time.

“One of the things I learned at Simon is how to be efficient and disciplined,” says Heyward. “If you hire an MBA, you expect that person to be the next leader of your company. It’s important that leaders understand how to effectively apply their talents.”

Heyward already knows what he’ll miss most when he leaves Rochester with his MBA in hand—it will be the family he developed at Simon. “There’s no doubt that my classmates will be lifelong friends. When looking around a room—even a Zoom room—I think these are some of the most incredible individuals I’ve ever met. This is a once-in-a-lifetime group of people to be around.”