Paridhi NadarajanM.S. Information Management ‘11
New York, NY
I am from Pune, a city in western India where I was born and brought up. I completed my undergraduate education in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Pune. After graduation, I worked for Infosys Technologies, an IT services firm, for three years.
I enrolled in the School of Information Studies masters in information management because of the school size, breadth and depth of the curriculum, and opportunities to engage with students and the community through several initiatives on campus. I was also impressed with the emphasis on experiential learning offered by the school through initiatives like CCENT (Center for Convergence and Emerging Network Technologies) and What’s the Big Idea, an entrepreneurial class that focuses on developing new businesses.
During my time here at the iSchool, I have been a part of several on-campus initiatives such as iSchool Graduate Organization (iSGO), BLISTS Leadership Program which promotes leadership skills amongst high school students and Women in Information Technology. I also had the opportunity to work with Prof. Martha Garcia-Murillo and engage with prospective students in order to make it easier for them to make an informed decision about enrolling into the iSchool.
In my second year, I worked as a graduate assistant for the Information Technology and Services (ITS) department on campus. Not only did this give me a chance to apply my classroom learning to real life projects, but it also gave me the opportunity to be a part of the team that develops applications and platforms for the SU community.
Apart from imparting a great education, the iSchool has provided me with resources to apply my knowledge to the professional world. I landed a summer internship with JP Morgan Chase and I received a fulltime offer from Deloitte Consulting where I will be working as a business technology analyst in their New York City office. I am thankful to the iSchool for giving me the platform and resources to confidently step into the professional world.
My advice to prospective students would be to do their research well and connect with as many current students, faculty and alumni as possible. To current students, I would say- Don’t restrict yourself to the classroom. Take advantage of the myriad of extracurricular opportunities and be pro-active about applying your knowledge in projects outside of the iSchool.
I would be happy to offer advice regarding the iSchool, programs or life at the iSchool and SU. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com .