Lerner Graduate Student Stories: Tanya Tewari

Tanya Tewari, a native of Newark, Del., is pursuing her master’s degree in business analytics and information technology, and is expected to graduate this December. She shared why she chose the Lerner BAIM program and her future plans.

Lerner: Why did you go back to pursue your graduate degree? Why did you choose the Lerner College for your studies?

Tewari: I wanted to complement my business skills with advanced technical skills to achieve my career goals. Rapid advances in technology have made it necessary to incorporate data-driven analytics into businesses to keep up in the race of digital transformation. Therefore, I believed that possessing technical skills in analyzing data and managing information is essential to understand the client’s business and address its pain points. This motivated me to join the reputed BAIM program at UD that not only helped me enhance my skills but also allowed me to network with diverse minds and talent across the globe.

Lerner: What did you learn through this opportunity that you wouldn’t have learned anywhere else?

Tewari: Coming from a business background, I needed to establish a strong foundation in data analytics and advance my technical skills. UD played a pivotal role in my academic journey. The concepts taught were easy to grasp and hands-on projects helped in applying the theoretical knowledge to practical settings. Apart from being a student, I also got an opportunity to work as a GA for Professor (Roger) Geertz that allowed me to assist students in their learning journeys.

Lerner: Please share an example of a course or concept that you were able to apply directly to your life and/or career.

Tewari: A dashboard design and storytelling course helped me in developing my skills for effective storytelling. I successfully completed the Alteryx designer core certificate along with the qlik sense business analytics certificate as a part of this course. It boosted my confidence in analyzing large datasets and conveying a data-driven story.

Lerner: Describe an important connection you have made through your graduate program (personal, professional, peers, mentors, professors, etc.)

Tewari: “Your network is your net worth.” I am a firm believer of this phrase. The Lerner graduate program helped me network with peers, professors, mentors and professionals.

As a part of Lerner Executive Mentorship Program, I had an opportunity to be paired with an amazing mentor who helped me in navigating through various challenges that a graduate student faces while transitioning from academic to the corporate world.

Lerner: If you were to describe your classmates in one word, what would that be and why?

Tewari: It’s difficult to describe in one word but the classmates from diverse backgrounds, experiences and cultures came with unique perspectives, knowledge and expertise in different areas. This diversity enriched the learning environment, fostered a vibrant exchange of ideas and created a well-rounded educational experience.

Lerner: How do you balance your career with your studies?

Tewari: Balancing a career with studies can be challenging but with proper planning and organization, it is possible to manage both effectively. I followed these steps throughout:
1.         Create a schedule for the week ahead of time
2.         Prioritize assignments and coursework
3.         Network
4.         Maintain a healthy lifestyle
5.         Be flexible
6.         Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if needed

Lerner: Fill in this sentence: “My graduate program helped me become…”

Tewari: More confident and skillful.

Lerner: What was the most impactful hands-on project or case competition that you were able to participate in?

Tewari: I enjoyed case studies in database design and implementation course. This hands-on experience was crucial in developing a deeper understanding of how databases are designed in real life.

Lerner: What are your plans or next steps for the future?

Tewari: I want to build expertise in my field and then move on to senior leadership roles and continue making a positive impact. My quest to learn won’t end with the graduation program, it’s just the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

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