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Shruti's Story

"One of my favorite class memories is my marketing project on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. It was my first brush with real-world learning and working in a culturally diverse team during my MBA. My learning was tangible and meaningful, and prepared me to be a more effective leader."

 
Vital Statistics

Full Name: Shruti Koneru
Graduating Year: 2011
Hometown: Visakhapatnam, India
Undergraduate and Previous Work Experience: Bachelor of Engineering, Andhra University, India; Tata Consultancy Services
MBA Focus: Operations Management
Internship while in the Program: Supply Chain Intern, Medtronic
Position upon Graduation: Healthcare Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Extracurricular Activities: Vice President of Events – Merage Toastmasters Association; Vice President of Technology – Women in Business Club
Just for Fun: Dancing of any kind—from Indian classical to swing; playing board games (organized Game Nights at school); reading books; traveling (dream location – Tuscany)
OC Favorite Places: Laguna Beach; Main Street in Fullerton; Mama D’s in Newport Beach; Irvine Spectrum
 

  Right at Home at the Merage School

Orientation was an unforgettable and exhilarating experience for me, from the team-building ropes course to the MBA Intensive (the program's first core course). It was the first time I met all of my classmates, and I found myself exposed to the unique perspectives of a global student body.

Despite being an international student, by the end of Orientation I felt very much at home at the Merage School. I couldn't have asked for a better start to my MBA experience.
 
Knowing Faculty on a First-Name Basis

Coming from India where the education system and student-teacher interaction is completely different, it was a pleasant surprise to call my Merage School professors by their first names.

In addition to the professors' accessibility, I was amazed by the enthusiasm they have for their subjects, and the fact that they go out of their way to help students. Professor Rick So, an award-winning Professor of Operations Management, took the time to help me prepare for my supply chain internship interview with Medtronic; he presented issues that the organization might be facing, and using a research paper on the “bullwhip effect” in supply chain, we discussed possible solutions. His encouragement and support made a real difference in my performance.
 

How many MBA programs can boast that every student personally knows each classmate?"

 

  A Global Class, a Close-Knit Culture

I applied to a number of other business schools, but the friendliness of the staff and the second-year students during Admits Weekend convinced me to join the Merage School MBA Program. I wanted to feel part of a community. Everyone was open, informative and eager to help, which gave me insight into what my life would be like as a student.

The supportive and open nature of the Merage School community has allowed me to form lifelong friendships with my classmates. How many MBA programs can boast that every student personally knows each classmate?
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