Student Spotlight: UC Riverside, Manpreet Kaur

Posted by The MBA Tour on 21 February 2019 / 1 Comment

Manpreet Kaur, who serves as an AGSM Ambassador, shares her experiences as an MBA student at UC Riverside School of Management.

Q: How did you choose your MBA program? What are your program's greatest assets?

A: I chose this MBA program because it felt like the most perfect fit for me. Throughout the whole application process, I felt like I was most supported by this program and as If I already belonged. The school is growing in rankings and I feel that the school really cares for it's students and their success. One of the greatest assets of the program is it's diversity and inclusion factor. There are a mix of different backgrounds, ages, cultures, nationalities and that is truly what makes this experience that much more valuable due to this different type of exposure within a cohort that is large enough to get to meet many different people but also small enough where we can truly get to know our colleagues.

Q: What activities are you involved in outside of class?
A: Outside of class I am involved in various activities such as serving as an AGSM Ambassador. In addition, I am the teaching assistant for the UCR SB/BCOE Consultancy Program, which is a program that connects business students consultants to work with senior design engineering projects aiming to create startup businesses. Lastly, I am the CEO of a UCR MBA Strategy Competition team where a team of six students manage a firm in a simulated strategy game against other MBA programs around the world.
Q: What has been your favorite classroom experience?
A: My favorite classroom experience thus far has been the group work and a sort of camaraderie. Due to the cohort being not too small and not too large, we are really able to get to know each and everyone on a different level and comfort. Through this opportunity I am truly able to get to know other people and their experiences.
Q: How did you decide that an MBA was the next step for you?
A: After working at Vanguard for 3 years, I truly got to learn about what I enjoyed and did not enjoy as much. This was in terms of type of job I liked, the environment that I thrived in, as well as what impact I wanted to make. Through these experiences, I knew that the next step for me was to pursue an MBA. I thrived in being able to lead a group of people and truly help in their growth as well as being able to make that impact over the company as a whole and the macro side of things.
A: In order to finance my MBA, I had saved some money prior to starting school from working. I also have taken student loans and this was possible by completing the FAFSA form. My advice would be to start planning when to start paying chunks of the loan before interest builds up and it ends up becoming much more expensive. If you are able to work, I would work part time while in school and consider opportunities such as becoming a TA. This will all help keep the loan balance under control.
Q: Do you have or plan on having an internship during your MBA experience? How will this internship relate to your future career goals?
A: I plan on having an internship this summer as it is also a requirement. Internships are very important because they give students the opportunity to try out a workplace and add on skills and experience that they might not have had before. I am currently applying for internships and the way that they will relate to my future goals is that I will be looking for something that aligns with my strengths as well as weaknesses. I want to build on my strengths and use them to their fullest potential as well as work on my weaknesses and learn something new that I was not as skilled in before.

Interested in receiving an MBA or Business Master's Degree? Check out UC Riverside's website to learn more about their graduate business opportunities!

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