Ruchir Rahul: Experience diversity and academic rigor at the University of Dallas
UD’s highly diverse campus makes it an ideal match for international students.
The University of Dallas (UD) is a private, Catholic university in Irving, Texas in the United States. The university is ranked as one of the top regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, and its campus is located in the centre of the Dallas/Forth Worth metropolitan area, with downtown Dallas only a 15-minute drive away.
Ruchir Rahul graduated from the University of Dallas’ MBA program in the spring of 2016. SchoolApply caught up with Ruchir to find out more about his experiences and what he has been doing since graduation.
UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS
Location: Irving, Texas (USA)
Student Name: Ruchir Rahul
Graduation: May 2016
Favourite class: My favourite class was Global Strategy. It had an online simulation game which was played on a global level. The best part about this class was learning to trust your teammates and complementing each other’s skillsets.
Favourite Event: My favourite school event was always the happy hour meet and greet, after new student orientation. I was always able to meet so many new people and catch up with the old ones at this event!
Five words that best describe University of Dallas: Enriching, Rewarding, Global, Inclusive, Real.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your school experiences before joining University of Dallas.
I grew up all over India as my father worked in the army and was posted in various places across the country. Because of this, I had the opportunity to study in some smaller towns like Udhampur and Faizabad, and some of the bigger metropolitan cities of India, like Kolkata and Delhi. I have always enjoyed traveling, but the only countries in which I have lived in so far are India, Australia and here in the United States.
Before coming to UD, I had been working in India at a multinational company. Prior to that, I had graduated from one the most recognised schools in the country, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. There I completed my undergraduate degree with a major in Marketing. As I was constantly moving around, I was used to meeting new people, being the new kid in school, and adjusting to the social norms of each city.
How did you hear about University of Dallas and what made you decide to study there?
I had always wanted to pursue my higher education in the US and experience the lifestyle there. One day, I was discussing my plans with my school counsellor when she happened to tell me about the University of Dallas. UD had come to our school in India a few months prior, and they had formed a partnership. The more I read about the school, the more intrigued I became. It was just what I wanted. The school had a large international population which made it cosmopolitan and gave me the chance to interact and work with people of many cultures. That was the biggest draw for me! It didn’t hurt at all that the faculty and program were excellent too.
What did you study at University of Dallas?
I pursued my MBA here at UD. I had always known that if I went back to school for a graduate program it would be for a management degree. Choosing an MBA over other degrees was a natural and easy decision for me. I knew I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself and I believe that the best way to do that was with a general MBA.
The school is a melting pot of cultures and people of different origins. There was always something to do, someone new to meet, some new things to learn or some new place to explore.
What were your first few days like at University of Dallas?
I didn’t stay on campus; I roomed with my cousins a few miles away from school, so I didn’t get to experience on-campus living first-hand. But I did make many friends who lived in the student residences. The atmosphere at UD was always very inclusive - I did not experience a sense of alienation during my time there. My first few days of classes were all about meeting new people, learning new names, and figuring out what to do and where to go. Thankfully, it is a small school filled with very helpful people.
What was your experience like as an international student, both academically and socially?
As an international student at UD, my experience was very enriching. The school is a melting pot of cultures and people of different origins. There was always something to do, someone new to meet, some new things to learn or some new place to explore. The city of Dallas has a lot to offer and students can experience the best of two worlds - a laid back feel for those who love the quiet and calm, and also, a faster pace for those who choose to seek and experience big city life. Academically, I found the courses challenging and rewarding. I never had a class that was boring or straight out of a textbook. The fact that many of the professors and teachers had a corporate background made the classes so much more real, interesting and informative.
Did you take part in any extracurricular activities at UD?
I was always a part of some extracurricular activity. I was a member of the International Student Association and was also the President of the Management fraternity, Sigma Iota Epsilon. I went on trips to other cities to participate in events on behalf of the fraternity and I took part in and hosted events at school for other various students associations.
I also worked as a Graduate Assistant and then I did an internship with Southwest Airlines. The on-campus job was a great way to meet students and faculty. It always kept me up-to-date on what was happening at the school, and it came with many great networking opportunities.
What have you been doing since your graduation from UD?
I have been working with Tata Consultancy Service as a Project Manager for my client, Neiman Marcus. The courses and hands-on learning that I experienced at University of Dallas helped prepare me for the professional world. I gained essential knowledge, insight, and confidence during by time at UD.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at University of Dallas?
Many of my memorable learning experiences were from outside of class. My social skills improved tremendously while at university, interacting with different people from different cultures taught me a great deal on how to handle myself in the workplace.
The university’s greatest strengths are its global student body, comprehensive MBA course and the dedicated faculty and staff.
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