UR Simon Weekend Reflections

The following blog post was written by Akshatha Kumar, MBA Class of 2021

UR Simon Weekend was an incredible experience that gave me a preview into what my life at Simon would be like. The chance to have an up-close interaction with my future classmates, senior students, and the faculty was one that I definitely did not want to miss. In all honesty, I did have admission offers from other schools, but the warmth of the Simon community and the feeling of being a part of a collaborative and cohesive environment was what cinched the deal for me!

Akshatha with friends and family at UR Simon Admit Weekend 2019.

Me, Khushi Vijaykumar, my mom, and Vanessa Li at UR Simon Weekend 2019.

I traveled to the United States from India with my mother for the weekend. I was under the impression that my mother would probably be in the hotel room all day while I was at school attending the events but we were surprised to find an itinerary waiting for her! Simon had organized separate events during the day for partners and families while the students were at school. This was amazing because my mother got a chance to explore Rochester and the University of Rochester campus through guided tours and see what life would be like for her daughter, who was moving away from home for the first time!

The events organized for the students throughout the weekend had a perfect balance of learning and fun. Interacting with stalwarts like Kathy Waller ’83 (MBA), former CFO and president of enabling services with Coca-Cola, helped me gain a deeper insight into the legacy of the school and the pedigree of its alumni.

This is a group of us on our visit to Goler House to look at housing options. Sanjan, a second-year MBA was kind enough to show us around his house!

A photo from our visit to Goler House to look at housing options. Sanjan, a second-year MBA was kind enough to show us around his house!

I have two favorite memories from this weekend. The first is the Mock Career Fair, where we have one minute to give our pitch to alumni from different walks of life, and they in turn gave us constructive feedback. This exercise was great for an international student like me as it gave me a flavor of what job recruitment would be like in the United States. My second favorite memory was the ‘Amazing Race,’ where we were divided into teams and we ran around the school completing one task after another! The race showed how much Simon values teamwork and it helped me get to know my future classmates better—getting to explore the school was an added benefit!

I fell in love with Simon Business School during UR Simon Weekend! Every minute on campus felt surreal (it still does!) and I started school later in the year with a happy heart knowing that I had made the right decision.

UR Simon Weekend is April 3–5, and offers programming designed to lay the foundation for your internship/career search before you begin your first class. We are also thrilled to announce that Kathy Waller ’83 (MBA) is returning this year for a Fireside Chat! If you’re beginning your full-time MBA or MS degree at Simon this summer, visit the Admitted Student Portal to register for UR Simon Weekend today—and don’t forget to inquire about a partial travel stipend!

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