Name: Padmaja Soundararajan, Full-Time Jenkins MBA Class of 2016
Hometown: Madurai, India
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Bachelor of Technology in Bioinformatics, SASTRA University
Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: Think all you want before making a decision, but never, ever regret a decision that you’ve made. If it goes bad, it is a lesson and if it’s good, isn’t that what we wanted?
Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
A: The Consumer Behavior class. It was so much fun learning how people make decisions and are not aware of them in an exact way. The class made us look at the world through different eyes.
Q: What’s your favorite song to cheer you up, get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?
A: Two poems actually make me feel better when I am low: “If” by Rudyard Kipling and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: The art of organizing a desk drawer. Trust me, when you want a file and you know exactly where it is, it can save you a lot of time.
Q: What’s your dream job/career goal? How is the Jenkins MBA helping you get there?
A: My dream job is to start a school for kids who do not have access to amazing education like us. The Jenkins MBA is helping me see how education is perceived by different cultures, and I am sure this will help me take the best of all the experiences of different fellow MBAs here and tailor a good school program.