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Real Humans of Emory Goizueta’s MBA Class of 2024

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emory mba class of 2024Shweta Agrawal, Emory Goizueta’s MBA Class of 2024 

Age: 31
Hometown: Delhi, India
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Institute of Technology & Management Haryana India, Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science Engineering;
Post-Graduation Institution and Major: Master’s of Science in Information Systems Management Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): Five years in the Audit & Assurance Industry focusing on audit analytics & digital transformation, two years in the Product Service Operations improving client retention and growth rate

Why did you make the decision to attend business school? Why now?
In the last two years as an APAC Strategy Operations Manager, I have observed how the impact of the pandemic has provoked new business rules. The sudden shifts in the market drivers required the business to evolve the service model to address changing client needs and priorities. Understanding the importance of a resilient business model in the face of economic disruption, I considered getting an MBA. It is the next step to provide me with the actionable guidance I need for strategic and visionary planning to be nimble in business. 

Having a safety cushion being in a school, I can test my decision-making in various situations while being open to critically listening to opposing views. It allows me to reformulate my learning from previous work experience within an organized framework, which could become the starting point of my post-MBA journey.

Why did you choose Emory Goizueta? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
One thing I learned from last year is that choosing the right business school is both art and science. I wanted to join a community where I could share space with a diverse cohort in smaller class sizes. And I love that Emory Goizueta has an intimate learning environment with a high personal touch. My decision was strengthened after speaking to both second-year students & alums, who enthusiastically talked about their invaluable academic experience in a team-centric culture. The entire experience of applying to Emory stood out in a way that it will be experiential learning enhanced by more profound connections. There was an instant sense of belonging. From a location standpoint, it was easy to fall in love with Atlanta’s abundant green space and warm hospitality culture. This city has so much to offer.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2024?
I am incredibly proud to be a part of Emory’s Class of 2024, where everyone strives to bring out the best in everyone. My experience in both working & leading cross-functional multinational teams in conflict time zones around the globe has helped me acknowledge and communicate across the differences. I identified approachability in my leadership style, conveying openness and driving empathy in my interactions. This exposure to thoughtful leadership differentiates the perspective I bring to the class of 2024.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that didn’t get included on your application:
I am a coffee napper; yes, coffee naps are real.

Post-MBA career interests:
Management Consulting/Strategy Consulting

Advice for Current Prospective Applicants:
–What is one thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Have fun writing essays. Bringing my story to life and connecting all the pieces gave me a stronger sense of who I am as a person beyond my academics and professional experience.

–What is one thing you would change or do differently?
Stress less & enjoy the wholesome experience of applying to business schools. Create a low-stress environment by speaking with other students in the same boat through MBA discussion forums.

–What is one part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
Initially, I created a long list of people who could be my recommenders. Because I was hesitant to ask the same people for different school applications. But people who invested their time in writing the recommendation letters became my strongest cheerleaders and offered to help with all the universities I was applying to. It’s not just about familiarity but having stronger relationships.  

What is your initial impression of the Emory Goizueta students/culture/community?
Emory Goizueta community walks the talk regarding its core values (courage, integrity, accountability, rigor, diversity, team, community), and everyone knows everyone. Since day one, I have felt that the Emory Goizueta community is uplifting and champions a sense of belonging and fairness for all.

What is one thing you have learned about Emory Goizueta that has surprised you?
The presence of a wide variety of academic and cultural groups piqued my interest. There is something here for everyone, which is not just limited to the students. I have signed up my husband to participate in the GBS Partners Club.

What is one thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
Adapting to a classroom setting after adjusting to a corporate environment for the last few years is a significant shift. There are many opportunities to participate & this is all about prioritizing and not feeling the fear of missing out. 

What is one thing you are most excited about in your first year?
The first year is like a simulation game in a new environment where you run all kinds of what-if possibilities. You win some and lose some, but there is a constant learning curve.

Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your personal application or admissions process in any way? If so, how?
I have been fortunate not to get affected in any way during the application and the admission process. The school has proactively shared the latest news on any Covid-19 updates with us. 

Christina Griffith
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