Student Spotlight: Kanika Chopra, 2015 MBA Candidate

Business school is different, and in a good way!

chopra_kanikaEven before the first week of starting classes, I felt a mix of excitement and anxiety. It’s a different atmosphere to adjust to, but you can look forward to new experiences every day!  Now it has been 3 months since I started my MBA courses, and each experience has taught me new things.

Yes, I felt lost for the first week of school, and you will too.
Yes, I found it difficult adjusting to studying again after a break from the classroom, and you might too.
Yes, I spend lots of time completing assignments and sitting in on team meetings. You will too.
Yes, I panic at least once a week about the next steps needed my job search. You will too!

Seems bad? No way…

Being new is so much fun around here. You can explore things in a way that will help you in the coming years here at Simon. Everyone is so helpful and approachable, for example Student Services is there to help with anything and everything for classes, clubs, and life in Rochester. Second year students are like living Wikipedia to help advise you on what to do and what not to do while going to school at Simon. You will even be personally welcomed by a dinner at the Dean’s house.

Additionally I am enjoying the diversity in my class and what each student can offer. The first week here, all of us were just learning how to pronounce each other’s names correctly, which was an amazing way to break the ice! On a regular basis I am in the company of a person who worked at a nuclear power plant, someone who was a meteorologist, and someone who is fresh out of college!

It’s been a wonderful experience for me as I am doing all the things that I thought I would in business school, and also new things that were unexpected. A new student asked me the other day how to prepare for classes, and explained that he was worried about the free time that he is going to have.

My response was just this: “Go with the flow!  You will never have to worry about free time as you will have none.” And that’s true.

When you start your b-school study, I suggest not restricting yourself to classroom participation. Explore things around you and be a part of them. Make your presence felt here in the Simon community. Indulge in all the activities that you are interested in learning more about.

Since starting at Simon, I have explored the opportunities around me. I am a member of the Graduate Business Council, Simon Language Exchange, Simon Women in Business, and Simon Ambassadors Club. Does it seem like too much on my plate? It doesn’t feel that way, I have been managing it and enjoying it- and many other students do as well!

The driving force for me is to make the most out of every minute I spend here at Simon. I constantly focus on moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things. And this is what I would encourage you to do as well.

Stay tuned for highlights about clubs, the job search process, and other Simon activities in the next blog. Till then, keep up the excitement for Simon!

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  1. Hexiang Zhang says:

    Well said, Kanika. Go Simon!~