As a member of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Class of 2021, Radhika Gupta, a Master of Science in business analytics and information management student from India, has not had the typical final year or commencement at UD due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gupta, and her entire class, have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered.
Gupta was nominated for this series by UD Professor of Management Information Systems Andrea Everard, who said, “Outstanding student in the M.S. BAIM program. President of the BAIM GSA, she even took on more responsibility when one of the executive members was not being effective in his role. She is always willing to help out with mentoring students in the program and prospective students (those who have expressed interest and would like to hear from someone currently in the BAIM). She has secured a GA position in the Grad Office and has been recognized as instrumental in developing the Grad College Dashboard.”
In this profile, Gupta shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.
Lerner: How do you think you have changed from your first semester at UD to now?
Gupta: I don’t think I have become a totally different person by any means, but I have certainly learned more about myself. I have become a more independent person who prefers to chart her own course than follow the crowd.
Lerner: What is your favorite place at UD?
Gupta: I love UD Creamery!! It is one of my favorite spots and it is worth every calorie. Lots of good choices, generous portions and very tasty.
Lerner: What is the most memorable course that you took at Lerner?
Gupta: I loved all the courses that were offered as every course taught something that I would never forget lifelong. All the professors are great at motivating, supporting, and challenging us to unlock our true potential! They believe in us before we believe in ourselves.
Lerner: What was your favorite signature UD experience?
Gupta: I have loved every UD experience. They are a chance to see how strong the Blue Hen spirit is. Sadly, I haven’t attended an event in over a year due to the pandemic.
Lerner: What does being a “Lifelong Lerner” mean to you?
Gupta: To me, being a “Lifelong Lerner” means that I will always have a network of Blue Hens to look up to and reach out to whenever I need. Lerner will always feel like home!
Lerner: What are your plans following graduation?
Gupta: I am so excited to start working at JP Morgan Chase & Co. as Strategic Analyst from June 2021.