An interview with Shafini Saedon, from Mumbai, who is a candidate for an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) with concentrations in marketing and finance, from the University of Findlay in Ohio.
How did you choose your university?
The University of Findlay’s 125-year history and established reputation appealed to me. I felt”at
home” as soon as I arrived on campus. People here always lend a helping hand. Everyone is willing to
help… It warms your heart.
How will your studies affect your career plans?
Much of what I’ve learned about American culture comes from my experience working in the UF Office of
Grants and Contracts Administration. I have researched opportunities for funding and opportunities for
projects that could help UF faculty and students.
My life changed after I got the opportunity to be a research assistant. The Director helped me to grow
both as a person and as a professional, encouraging me to take advantage of experiences and activities
Can you tell us about your activities?
I participated in International Night and EKTA (Indian Student Organization) events, and volunteered
to help at the president’s picnic held each fall on campus. I also visited Cedar Point amusement park,
went bowling, attended ice cream socials and carved a pumpkin at events sponsored by the Office of
International Admissions and Services.
If there is anything happening, I want to be part of it.
What did you like best about your program?
An Economic Summit, organized by the College of Business, was a benefit. Being an attendee of the
Economic Summit was absolutely amazing. The presenters spoke well and spoke to the needs of students
How will you use your U.S. degree when you go back to your country?
I plan to complete optional practical training (OPT) in the U.S.A. after graduation. I recognize the
challenges of finding an internship in a competitive and unstable economic situation.
I may try and fail, but I will not fail to try. I want to live up to Mahatma Gandhi’s words,”Live as
if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,” and continue this learning process
all throughout my life.