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Six Members of Michigan Ross’ Full-Time MBA Class of 2021 Featured As ‘Real Humans’ By Clear Admit



Clear Admit highlighted six students from the Full-Time MBA Class of 2021 at the Ross School of Business in a new “Real Humans of MBA Students” series, which seeks to provide insight to prospective students on the real people in MBA programs.

Besides showcasing the unique perspectives of the students, the feature also emphasizes how the Michigan Ross MBA program is designed to help graduates have a positive impact in the global business environment. 

“Across the world within virtually every imaginable field, Ross alumni have garnered a reputation for taking on positions of significant social and cultural impact. And the Class of 2021 only seeks to perpetuate the Ross legacy,” wrote Clear Admit.

The Real Humans featured from the Ross MBA Class of 2021 are: 

  • Alexandra “Lexx” Mills - a former Fulbright teaching assistant in Malaysia and impact investor from Baltimore, Maryland

  • Arshaq Wazeem Razack - an e-commerce executive from Cochin, Kerala, India who worked at Flipkart (Amazon’s competitor in India)

  • Dave Horvath - a West Point graduate and former special operations troop commander with the U.S. Army serving tours in Iraq, Germany, and Djibouti

  • Ebrar Erdem, a pharmaceutical professional from Istanbul, Turkey, focused on digital initiatives in emerging markets 

  • Iman Shakeri, a consultant at Deloitte from Richmond, Virginia, whose long term goal is to become a professor and teach courses on the “social impact ecosystem”

  • Marcos Coppa Gomes Filho, a tech entrepreneur and mentor for a major business startup accelerator in Latin America 

Each student featured by Clear Admit answered questions about why they are pursuing their MBA at Michigan Ross, their experience in the MBA program, and their advice for prospective students. 

For Erdem, the choice to attend Michigan Ross came down to its action-based curriculum, strong alumni network, and the option to define her own MBA trajectory through the school’s new Pinkert Scholar program, where selected students interested in healthcare business and innovation are supported with a scholarship, mentorship program, and sponsorship for national conferences and workshops. “As a proud Pinkert scholar, I realized how Ross understands students’ interests, customizes its MBA program accordingly, and supports you with various resources,” she said. 

Other students  emphasized the diversity and values of Michigan Ross as why they chose to pursue their MBA at the school.  “Business school is an incredibly challenging environment and witnessing the diversity (in the Michigan Ross program) signaled to me that this was a space where I would be supported and a school that shared my values,” wrote Mills.

Shakeri mentioned one of the most valuable and surprising parts of his experience in the Michigan Ross MBA program to date: “Ross is a small world. Amongst the 420-plus students, you will surely find someone who at some point in time crossed paths with you and you were never able to make the connection. I have come to really value some of those friendships, and it has reinforced the notion that while business school can be stressful, you’ll always have people who can understand where you are coming from and what you’ve done.”

Read more about the Real Humans from the Michigan Ross MBA program and the school’s MBA programs here.