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Shamama Siddiqui, Rutgers Business School MBA

Age: 27

Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Rutgers University, double major in public policy and political science at Rutgers University

Shamama Siddiqui, Rutgers Business School MBA

Pre-MBA Work Experience: For the past three and a half years, I worked as a project manager at a policy research firm. Most of my projects consisted of global health projects in developing countries.

Why business school? Why now? I was at a point in my career where I felt the need to take out time to gain new skills, especially managerial skills, which is what led me to business school.

Why the Rutgers Business School MBA program? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend? Besides the small class size, the ROI, and affordable tuition, one of the things that really drew me to the Rutgers MBA program was its diverse student body and faculty. Rutgers is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, and I knew this was going to add to both my personal and professional growth.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to your MBA class? Having managed various projects in developing countries, I’ve learned how to efficiently manage teams in a global environment.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application? Toward the end of my undergraduate years, I traveled to remote Himalayan villages to conduct interviews with farmers for a project I was working on. It was one of my greatest experiences and pushed me toward working in international development.

Post-MBA career interests? In the short-term, I want to work in a supply chain role at a healthcare company. In the longer run, I want to work in a management position at a large, international non-profit.

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