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Mansi Parikh, VP of Admissions

What do you love about SWIB? The camaraderie that the women (and allies!) share. There seems to be a really supportive community, and the emphasis on helping each other succeed is such an amazing thing to be a part of!

Favorite SWIB Memory: The SWIB conference that I attended as an accepted student! It was my first introduction to SWIB and to current club members. I remember feeling so empowered by the women I met, and how engaged and excited they were to be at the conference and working on ways to best support each other personally and professionally.

Favorite Part about Stern: The community. It is unlike any other that I've been a part of (even as an NYU undergrad) and the genuine relationships I've formed with fellow classmates over the past two months have been so incredible. It sounds like such a cliche, but everyone is collaborative, willing to help, and really works to make sure that we all succeed together. I had heard about the Stern community before I started, but getting to finally experience it, and having it go above and beyond my expectations has been the best part of being at Stern. And of course being in NYC! I've been living here for 7 years but the charm hasn't worn off yet!

Advice for women considering pursuing business school: Do it! Pursuing an MBA can be such an amazing opportunity, whether your goal is to switch industries, gain access to a new network, or to explore your career opportunities. I would urge you to visit schools you might be interested in, ask lots of questions, and find a program that aligns with your professional and personal goals. There's always so much talk about "fit", but it really is important to make sure you end up at a school that "fits" your career goals and is a place you'll be happy spending two years. Finally, take a risk! Consider applying to schools that may be out of your comfort zone or in a new geographic location-you might end up finding an amazing program where you can thrive!

Fun Fact: I love photography! I've been to 30 countries and have had the opportunity to photograph the most incredible cities and natural landscapes.