Adeetya Vikrama Tantia
The Summer School experience
Why did you decide to study your Summer School course and why did you choose to study with Imperial College Business School?
I realised that I had no formal education in Finance or Business. This made me look up Summer Schools around the globe. I chose to study at Imperial College Business School because Imperial is known for its world class education and innovation which I believed would surely help me learn and grow.
What made your Summer School experience unique?
Spending three weeks in the financial capital of the world learning from the best professors at one of the most reputed and exceptional colleges is definitely an experience to be savoured.
What aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
Our instructor, Jeremy Fernando was very engaging. He would go slowly during the difficult topics, and make sure there were enough exercises so that we had understood the topics well enough.
What was the most challenging part of the course?
On the course we had to come up with a business idea for our final project. This was certainly challenging as the time was limited and we had to work in groups. It helped to perfect my team-work skills and also creativity skills under pressure.
What was the most rewarding part of the course?
The syllabus was quite big so completing everything in time was a bit challenging.
Imperial places a large emphasis on group work. What inspires you the most about working in this type of environment?
Imperial correctly transfers the corporate environment into its learning. With more and more emphasis being placed on group working environments, Imperial trains its students well enough to transition to the real world quite quickly.
How would you describe your Summer School class?
A cross section of the world. All my fellow classmates were from different countries, had different backgrounds and had different thinking processes. This helped all of us learn approaching the same problem in different ways.
What parts of the social programme did you most enjoy?
All the social events were meticulously planned and were chosen wonderfully. I enjoyed the most the trip to the Harry Potter Studios and the musical – “Mamma Mia”. The Boat party was a lovely addition and helped us to meet people from the other courses.
A wealth of opportunities
What has been the greatest opportunity during your summer at Imperial that you don’t think you would get anywhere else?
After my summer at Imperial I now have access to an amazing network which consists of people from different walks of life – some entrepreneurs, a few who are working in the industry now, others about to start their careers soon, and some like me, who are still in the middle of their education and will be entering the industry soon.
What are your future career goals and how do you think your time at Imperial will help you achieve these?
My future career goals include going back to Imperial, for the MSc Investment & Wealth Management programme. Following which I’d like to work at a sovereign fund and hopefully set up a new independent Sovereign fund on behalf of India, when the time comes.
Living in London
Where did you stay in London and why did you choose to stay there?
I stayed at Pembridge Hall in Notting Hill Gate which is one of the Imperial Student accommodations provided. The reason I chose to stay there, is because it is just a good 15 minutes from Imperial itself.
What can a weekend in London look like for a Summer School student?
There are tons of things to do in London. Being a history buff, I visited the Imperial War Museum, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast – all must see places for history buffs. I also hopped on a train to Cardiff to see the Doctor Who Experience one last time before it closes later this year. Then a quiet drink with your classmates ends the evening on a perfect high. So, what you can do on a weekend is only limited by your imagination.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in London?
I visited the Buckingham Palace State Rooms, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament all in one day. That day was a triple dose of history and a remarkable experience.
Advice for future students
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about applying for the Summer School?
Go. Just Go. It is an experience you will not get anywhere else. You will learn new things, meet new people and explore a new city. It’s literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience. Seize it!!