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Raunak Sharma

Raunak Sharma

MBA for STEM Professionals

Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?

Prospective students should choose Krannert because they will get an opportunity to work with students and faculty from different parts of the world and with different cultures. I personally believe that the experience I will get from Krannert will help me to be successful in my career.

What are you enjoying most about the One-Year MBA for STEM Professionals?

I think the class discussions of the accelerated MBA for STEM professionals is very rich and informative. The class has students from different STEM backgrounds and with different experiences. This program not only helps you leverage your STEM knowledge with the business understanding, but also prepares you for your next job.

How would you describe the Krannert faculty?

“Friendly” and “Open to discussion” – Krannert faculty encourage students to participate in quality discussions which helps in building the business concepts by listening to other students in your class. They have a very unconventional way of teaching students here. This methodology keeps the course interesting and, at the same time, challenging.

Your classmates come from a variety of work backgrounds…what have you been able to learn from them?

Working with highly experienced classmates from diverse industries helps you to understand different perspectives of the business world. It helps in understanding the common thread underlying each industry. Also, if you are planning to switch industries, your classmates can be your greatest resource.

How has the Krannert School helped develop your leadership skills?

All the students in Krannert have unique leadership qualities. Collaboratively working with your peers over a period of time helps in building various leadership skills. Krannert itself offers its students various areas (such as Krannert business clubs, case study competitions, etc.) where you can showcase and improve your leadership skills

How would you describe living in West Lafayette?

West Lafayette is a very peaceful and friendly college town. People here are more than happy to help you and they always love to have short conversations. In short, it is a “home away from home” and somewhere where you will never feel out of place.

Away from Krannert…what do you do for fun?

I usually go to the recreation facility at Purdue and play basketball or badminton. Apart from that, I also like to hang out at Harry’s which is located opposite to Rawls Hall.

What do you like most about the Krannert School and Purdue?

“People”– I like the people here at Krannert and Purdue. Be it faculty members, career coaches, or your peer group, all of them stand by me and help me achieve my goals. It is a great experience for me to talk to and learn from such a diverse group. I strongly believe that my greatest resources at Purdue are all of these folks and I hope to maintain lifelong relationship with them.

When we catch up with you in 10 years, what do you expect to be doing?

To be honest, after 10 years I am sure I will be working on multiple assignments and making critical decisions for a company. I also believe that in 10 years I will be a strong alumni of Purdue and will be coming to Purdue often to give my own presentations and hire MBAs.

Please share what you’d like about your Purdue experience.

I come from India and for me getting into Purdue’s MBA program was a big achievement. Since I arrived, I have enjoyed each and every moment here. I have enjoyed doing case studies with my study group, SOCIAL hours at RAWLS Hall, mock case competition, and career fairs. The list goes on and on.