Meet The Rochester Simon MBA Class Of 2018


Modhurima Khan

Simon Business School, University of Rochester

Describe yourslf in 15 words or less: Keen traveler, striving continuously to learn and grow by stepping out of my comfort zone.

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fun Fact About Yourself: I met the King of Nepal when I was 14.

Undergraduate School and Major: National University of Singapore – Electrical Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Credit Suisse – Analyst

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I took some time off between work and business school and spent a couple of months on a pro-bono consulting stint at Save the Children International. I worked on a technology-based urban development project with the goal of creating a comprehensive information repository and job portal for slum residents in my hometown of Dhaka. The project became more meaningful to me as I navigated the slums and interacted with the residents to find out about their needs, goals and dreams and realized the scale of the impact such an initiative would have on their lives. It was a very personally rewarding experience for me and it opened my eyes to a whole new avenue of opportunity.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? “Be yourself!” – that’s the biggest advice I would give any business school applicant because it’s the only way to determine if you and your target school are the best fit for each other. Look carefully at all the aspects of the school, especially the characteristics of the student body and faculty because these are the people you will spend two years with and they will make up the biggest (and best) part of your experience.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Simon is known for its strong quant and analytics based curriculum, which was exactly what I was looking for. Another deciding factor for me was the class size – roughly 100 – which makes for strong camaraderie and a close knit community.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? The dream is to be a consultant focusing on technology, with the ultimate goal of setting up my own consulting practice in the long run. I would also like to work on technology-aided social development initiatives as a way of fulfilling my commitment to society. A more personal dream is to open a shelter for stray animals.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I would like them to remember me, first-and-foremost, as a good friend. Overall, I hope the Simon community will remember me as someone who added value to my class and school.

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