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Amy Vasunia, Luxury & Retail MBA 2024

*NYU Stern's Fashion & Luxury MBA program was renamed to the Luxury & Retail MBA program.*

Amy Vasunia
  • Pronouns
  • Hometown
    Mumbai, India
  • Undergraduate
    University of Exeter, UK
  • Pre-MBA Employer
    Otto International
  • Specializations
    Luxury Management
  • Clubs/ Involvement
    Luxury & Retail Club

Why did you decide to pursue the focused one-year MBA program?

I chose the one-year Fashion and Luxury MBA because it aligned perfectly with my career goals in the industry. This program allowed me to gain the necessary knowledge and skills without taking a two-year break from work, ensuring I could quickly apply what I learned to my career.

How did you find a sense of community and support within Stern?

The intensity of the summer semester, with its rigorous classes and demanding schedule, played a pivotal role in bringing our cohort closer together. We quickly realized that we were all in the same boat, facing similar challenges and deadlines. This common experience created a strong sense of camaraderie and mutual support.

The feeling that "everyone has each other's back" was not just a sentiment; it translated into a tangible support system within our cohort. We often found ourselves collaborating, studying together, and sharing resources to help one another succeed. This sense of unity not only made the academic journey more manageable but also enhanced our friendship.

As we faced academic and personal hurdles, the bonds we formed during the intense summer semester became a source of strength.

How would you describe the culture and community within your class?

From the very beginning, I've noticed that my classmates have gone out of their way to build connections and foster a sense of belonging. We not only work together on academic projects but also genuinely care about each other's well-being. This sense of camaraderie extends beyond the classroom and academic pursuits, and it's not uncommon for classmates to offer assistance, whether it's with coursework or personal challenges.

What was your favorite class at Stern?

I’ve enjoyed the class Retail Strategy and Analytics with Prof Jack Hanlon. His way of explaining concepts and discussing case studies with us is truly insightful and keeps us all engaged.

What has been a highlight of your Stern experience?

Becoming a GA and getting to meet so many prospective students and let them know about my experience at Stern!

Why did you choose NYU Stern?

I chose NYU Stern for several compelling reasons. Firstly, its location in the heart of New York City provides unparalleled opportunities to engage with a wide range of industries, making it an ideal environment for networking. The school's belief in the value of EQ in addition to IQ is something I greatly appreciate. It's evident in their approach to education and the emphasis they place on fostering well-rounded, emotionally intelligent professionals.

Moreover, Stern's commitment to this balanced development is reflected in its world-class faculty. The faculty members at Stern are not only experts in their fields but also mentors who encourage personal growth and development, promoting both EQ and IQ. This comprehensive approach to education was a significant factor in my decision to choose NYU Stern for my academic and professional journey.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Don't underestimate the significance of the friendships you cultivate in business school. Many of these connections have the potential to become lasting friendships that extend well beyond your time in school. It's essential to allocate time and effort to develop these relationships because they can provide valuable support and contribute to your personal growth and sense of camaraderie.

How has Stern’s location in NYC impacted your experience?

As a Stern student, being in New York City holds immense advantages for you. The city, renowned globally for its business and innovation, provides a diverse array of opportunities that range from internships to jobs and networking events. This rich diversity not only enhances your experience as a student but also exposes you to a multitude of perspectives, both within and beyond Stern, giving you a broader understanding of the business world.

Moreover, being situated in the city offers you the chance to immerse yourself in its vibrant culinary scene and explore numerous entertainment options. This means there's always something captivating and culturally enriching to discover and enjoy, adding a unique dimension to your time as a Stern student that extends well beyond the classroom.