Meet The MBA Class Of 2025: Priyanka Gupta, UNC Kenan-Flagler

Priyanka Gupta

University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School

“A kaleidoscope of curiosity, crafting dreams into reality, orchestrating a symphony of ideas in motion.”

School: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Fun Fact About Yourself: I once hiked up a mountain backward just for the thrill of a new perspective.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Delhi, Economics Honours, (India)

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Kroll, Analyst II

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Kenan-Flagler’s MBA curriculum or programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you?

I was drawn to UNC Kenan-Flagler’s robust leadership development program, which focuses on cultivating well-rounded, adaptable leaders. This emphasis on leadership is crucial as it will equip me with the skills to navigate complex business environments and drive positive change.

What has been your first impression of the Kenan-Flagler MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far?

During UNC Kenan-Flagler’s vibrant two-week orientation, my first impression of MBA students and alumni forms a vibrant mosaic of diversity and ambition. Amidst team-building quests and networking sessions, a standout memory glimmers: during a “Legacy competition,” our team’s synergy crystallized into an emblem of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s collaborative spirit. This snapshot reflects a promise of an extraordinary journey ahead, where shared laughter, intellectual fires, and generous insights will converge into a symphony of leadership and excellence.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at Kenan-Flagler?

The Global Immersion Electives and global programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler are undeniably the most exhilarating and captivating offerings. Enveloping one in a tapestry of cultures, perspectives and business environments, these programs transcend traditional learning boundaries. Guided by seasoned professionals, I’ll learn to navigate international markets and witness firsthand the intricate network of global commerce. Whether immersing myself in the bustling streets of Shanghai or dissecting strategies in the heart of London, these experiences are a thrilling launchpad for personal growth and professional evolution, cementing my status as a global business leader.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:

Securing admission to one of the esteemed top 20 MBA programs in the USA after earning my CFA Charter stands as my greatest career achievement. This accomplishment carries even deeper significance, as it marks my transformation from a nondescript village to the forefront of academic excellence.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

After graduation, I aspire to channel my skills and passion into the dynamic realm of investment banking. I am eager to immerse myself in the intricate world of finance, where I can leverage my education and experiences to analyze market trends, devise strategic financial solutions, and contribute to the growth of organizations. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, I look forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities this field offers, and ultimately making a meaningful impact.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program?

 To enhance your chances of securing admission to UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA program, prioritize showcasing your strong leadership experiences, collaborative nature, and clear post-MBA goals. Authenticity is key—embrace your unique qualities and community engagement. Highlight your global perspective and research the program thoroughly to tailor your application. Choose recommenders who can provide concrete insights into your abilities. Craft compelling essays that reveal your personality and values. If invited to interview, express your enthusiasm for UNC Kenan-Flagler’s distinctive offerings. This holistic approach will greatly elevate your application’s appeal and potential for acceptance.

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