Evening MBA student, Manjul Sharma, shares how he takes advantage of Booth's flexible curriculum and develop as an effective leader.
- September 14, 2021
- Chicago Business Fellows
I want to ensure that every project and every entrepreneur that deserves funding receives the capital they need no matter their background or place of origin. So, I aspire to continue in the path of becoming a sophisticated financier and play a role in fostering innovation around the world. I am originally from Nepal and I am eager make capital accessible to companies in developing countries like Nepal that don’t have an established capital market. An MBA from Booth allowed me to take classes like International Corporate Finance with Professor Raghuram Rajan and Emerging Markets Finance and Entrepreneurship with Professor Emanuele Colonnelli that taught about how deals in foreign markets can be structured to make it attractive for all parties involved. Those classes also provided the opportunity to hear from high profile guest lecturers from the World Bank and other international organizations.
MBA students have the most varied backgrounds and prior work experiences. I think the flexible curriculum at Booth is critical to letting an individual take classes to fill your specific knowledge gaps. For example, as a software research analyst, I found myself constantly trying to understand how exactly a company can do what it does. I had only taken a few computer sciences classes as an undergrad. Taking the ‘Application Development’ class with Professor Raghu Betina not only enabled me to create my own app but also enabled me to better understand the technology used by companies under my coverage at work.
In a world that emphasizes fitting in, Booth teaches you how to stand out. In a workplace that is getting increasingly diverse and dynamic, it is important for leaders to be aware of the power of situation and use it to foster creativity by removing barriers. The LEAD course at Booth is designed to help an individual understand your strengths and weakness as a leader so you can actively work on becoming an effective leader.
The Booth community is incredibly supportive, and I have benefitted from it in different aspects of my life. My wife is a current Booth student and going through the MBA journey together has been an amazing experience. I have also participated in several alumni dinners and gotten to meet people who are willing to make time in their busy schedule to talk to a fellow Boothies and help us out. Once a fellow conference attendee noticed my Booth luggage tag given to me by Professor Ginzel and started a conversation that made the whole travel day fun. In all, the Booth community has made Chicago feel like a second home for me.