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Bihag Karnani

Bihag
Second-Year MBA Student
India

Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?

If someone is looking to learn about how the world of business works and also how the world does business, Krannert is the place to be. I believe, prospective students look for a school that provides them more than just an academic perspective of business. The Krannert School and the Purdue University are renowned globally for their strong academics and their rich cultural diversity. Here at Krannert a budding business leader gets an opportunity to work with, network with, learn from and learn with people from all parts of the globe. To prospective students who want to expand their network globally, I say I “Wish you were here!” 

What extracurricular clubs are you involved in at Krannert and how have they contributed to your experience?

I’m a member of the Operations Club, the Purdue University Consulting Club, Student Managed Investment Fund and the Krannert Cooking Club. As a member of the Operations Club, I got an opportunity to visit an Amazon location in Indianapolis. This experience really helped me when I applied for an internship opportunity at Amazon and I was subsequently offered that position. The Purdue University Consulting club organized a talk by Marc Constantino, the author of the renowned book Case In Point, which I was fortunate to attend. I got an opportunity to learn how to approach case studies and case interviews from the most coveted authority in the field. As a member of the Student Managed Investment fund, I give recommendations to the board on which stock to buy, sell or hold. It’s a unique experience as I’ve never managed stocks before, and I learn from my peers about how best to do this. The Krannert Cooking club is one I cherish the most. Quite literally as the food we all cook together is really amazing and well, who doesn’t like food!! 

How would you describe the Krannert faculty?

In two words: reliable and approachable. I dreaded some finance-based subjects before I came to Krannert. The faculty understands that people from various backgrounds are in the same class and teach in a way that most people understand. Faculty always welcomes queries and concerns, and addresses them all at top priority.

Your classmates come from a variety of work background. What have you been able to learn from them?

“The people around you will be your greatest strength”. These were the words that Mr. Tad Brinkerhoff, the Director of Admissions at Krannert, said when he addressed us for the first time. It became clearer when I worked in various groups for team assignments, case competitions and club activities. The greatest takeaway has been to learn and understand the different perspectives people have because of their vast experience, and to leverage your peers’ best skills and knowledge as a team.

How has the Krannert School helped develop your leadership skills?

Krannert has a culture and focus of leadership. The entire induction program, the team based assignments, the volunteering opportunities, club activities, everything has been designed in a way that students get maximum exposure and leadership development opportunities. I’ve learned that there is no right or wrong way of leading. There is just your own unique way, which you need to discover during all the experiences, and since I am still early in to the course, I’m still discovering mine.

How would you describe living in West Lafayette?

I am having one of the best times of my life here! People are friendly and accommodating, all the facilities are nearby and everything has been designed for the comfort of students. The transition from India to Indiana has been smooth and comfortable. There are always many fun events happening at Purdue and you can never get bored!

Away from Krannert, what do you do for fun?

Usually I have fun with my classmates. At the recreational center, at parties, at potlucks, over coffee, at Harry’s Chocolate Shop across from Krannert or while playing different sports in the university recreational center. I also read for pleasure, and I’m currently reading 3 books. 

What do you like most about the Krannert School and Purdue?

The amazingly high positive energy that I see in people! It motivates me, drives me to work harder, be a better person, learn more and strive for more in life. There’s never a dull moment. Here I learned to work and enjoy continuously and this makes me a better person and professional too. 

How have you been assisted in your job search?

Even before the program commenced, a career coach was assigned to me by the Krannert Professional Development Center. My career coach guided me in everything about a job search from resume reviews, mock interviews, companies to look out for, to how to research for companies and draw my own personal roadmap to success. The Krannert Career Fair gave me an opportunity to look for internship opportunities and, as I previously mentioned, I did get an internship offer from Amazon.com. There are almost unlimited resources and tools to help optimize a candidate’s job search and the staff is always ready to guide.

When we catch up with you in 10 years, what do you expect to be doing?

I expect to be involved in critical decision making of a Multinational firm along with being a Purdue alumnus and ambassador. I intend to share my experiences and knowledge with the community and focus on growing together. One of the things I see myself doing after 10 years is to have friends in every country of the world and visiting their homes at least once.

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The MBA at Purdue University is more than just a degree; it’s a journey. It’s a journey of re-discovery for me to understand my strengths and weaknesses better, to experience what all the world of business has to offer and where do I fit in, to communicate with and enjoy with people from 23 different countries that are represented here at Krannert. So far my journey has been enriching, fulfilling and exciting. I look forward to learning and growing each day and becoming a better Boilermaker!