Interview With Himanshu


Can you tell us more about yourself?

I am a photonics engineer and I graduated from the University of St. Andrews with my MSc. During my studies I must say I had excellent programs at the University of Ghent and the University of St. Andrews. After getting my masters I worked for 4 years at Barco launching virtual reality systems. Last summer I completed my summer associates internship at Bain & Company in New York.

What prompted you to do an MBA?

When I was a child I was fascinated with science and technology, particularly in photonics. Therefore studying 5 years at some of the most reputable engineering schools in India, the UK, and Belgium, as well as working for Barco, one of the world leaders in optics engineering, was like a dream come true. However, I felt that my education limited the progression of my career and I felt it was time for me to move to another sector. Since my education and career was in optonics, further studies were definitely necessary.

Why an MBA at NYU Stern?

I wanted to study in the US and got accepted to several Ivy League programs. However, NYU Stern was my first choice because it is based in NYC. The school has an incredible network, and it is very diverse in an international surrounding. NYU offers outstanding social activities in which I am very interested; for example I am a member of VP Casing Initiatives, the Management Consulting Association - VP Cultural Trek, South-east Asia Business Society - VP Technology, and Student Government.

How did the MBA Center help you?

I believe I was MBA Brussels’ first student, and still the support was tremendous. I attended the class for over a year, and got continuous support reaching a 750 on the GMAT. It was the least I could do being Dr. Hubert Silly‘s student; he got a perfect score. MBA Center was instrumental in my school selection, preparation, and interviews. I have recommended them to my community of friends who have also all been happy with their services

What advice would you give to someone applying to a top MBA school?

It took me 1 ½ years to prepare, so I recommend patience. Second get to know as much info as you can about the universities and the assets between universities as they can vary a lot. I believe we can all get 700+ if we take enough time, but of course the support of the MBA center was a big plus and of critical importance to my personal accomplishments.