Learn how Samyukta Pareek, President of the Fordham Women in Business, balances her time as an MBA student at the Gabelli School of Business.
- Name: Samyukta Pareek
Business School: Fordham University Gabelli School of Business
Originally From: New Delhi, India
Previous Occupation: MSL Group
Q: How did you choose your MBA program? What are your program’s greatest assets?
A: From the beginning of my search, I knew I wanted to study in New York. As the financial capital of the world and next-big tech hub, NYC offers many opportunities for professionals across industries. I began my research by conducting informational interviews with alumni and attending informational sessions for various schools. The Gabelli School stood out immediately as they offered one of the best learning experiences with a small class size, access to amazing alumni, their business with purpose approach, all of this while in the best location possible: Midtown, Manhattan.
One of the program’s greatest assets are its faculty members, the curriculum design, and the numerous opportunities to learn through practice. Our first exposure to this was during our global immersion week in Gabelli Launch.
Gabelli Launch is a 1 month pre-term starting in early august, where as a cohort, we had the opportunity to travel together to Buenos Aires, Argentina to work as consultants for non-for profits. It was a challenge given the language and cultural barriers, however it prepared us for the rigorous curriculum and experience we were about to embark on. This was a tremendous and unique opportunity that no other MBA program I was looking at offered.
Q: What have been the biggest challenges of pursuing your MBA?
Going into this process, I knew that an MBA would be an investment in my future. My advice to others would to talk to the Admissions officers and ask questions. Learn about the scholarship opportunities they have to offer. The more information you have the better.
I worked with the Career Development Center team to shortlist specific companies I should apply to. It took me about 4-6 months of networking, resume building and preparation for interviews. All the hard work paid off as I was able to land my dream internship at Verizon Wireless for a 10-week summer internship program in the B2B Marketing Operations team.
It was an incredible experience, and I learned a lot. After my internship, I was offered and accepted a full-time position with their Leader Development Program (LDP). I am excited to begin this new chapter in my career post completion of my MBA.
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