The insider's guide to the Jerome Fisher Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Why I Love M&T: Ikshita Singh and Jeff Kessler

IkshitaIkshita Singh, M&T Class of 2017

M&T is one of the most competitive, academically rigorous programs in the country, providing its students with unparalleled access to a vast network of alumni, incredible recruiting opportunities and an unsurprisingly prominent entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no question about it: M&T is an amazing, world-class program. But if I had to pick out reasons I love M&T, it would come down to the people I am surrounded by every day—the M&T family. When I was in high school, I loved having a close-knit group of equally motivated, intelligent friends who were passionate about math and science. I knew when I picked M&T, that I would be able to have a smaller community within the broader Penn landscape who were just as or even more bright, capable, curious, and excited about the intersection between engineering and business as I was. Many of my closest friends are in M&T and the M&T office (with its endless supply of free coffee, candy, and printing) is my second home. While the program has been small enough for me to feel comfortable reaching out for career advice or problem set help, it’s also felt large enough for me to meet new people and learn something interesting on a regular basis. M&T offers so many resources to its students, but the reason I love M&T is the family it gives me on campus. With everyone as warm and welcoming as they are, there’s no reason not to love them.

Ikshita, from Plainsboro, New Jersey, is currently the President of the M&T Student Board. She studies Biomedical Science within Penn Engineering and has yet to declare her concentration in the Wharton School.

JeffJeff Kessler, M&T Class of 2016

As a senior preparing to graduate from Penn, whenever reflecting on my college decisions, I could not have been happier in joining the M&T Program. The M&T Program at Penn has been a phenomenal home over the course of the last four years and offers strengths beyond that to which I was initially attracted. What drew me to the M&T Program was the incredible opportunity to simultaneously study both business and engineering in an unparalleled program. Over the course of the past four years, I can certainly say the program has been rigorous but that I have learned highly-applicable and practical skills across both the technical and business sectors. With such a great educational foundation, one might naturally be inclined to assume this is the highlight of the M&T Program. It’s not. Instead, the best part of the M&T Program is its community of individuals.

Aside from the jovial camaraderie shared by all, most amazing is the diversity of interests within the self-selective pool of individuals. Specifically, M&T student interests are much more diverse than simply “business and engineering.” It’s the only place I know where a musician, an aspiring lawyer, and a transportation enthusiast can debate the prospects of various tech ventures. (This, and similar dialogues, are all a part of regular conversations that occur in the M&T office on a daily basis.) M&T students and alumni alike are always willing to help each other, provide their assistance, and share their expertise on a regular basis.

All in all, the M&T Program has been amazing and has provided more than I could’ve imagined. To those given the opportunity to join such a special community, I highly encourage you to do so. Come for the education, stay for the people.

Jeff, from Voorhees, New Jersey, is currently the Alumni Advisor to the M&T Student Board. He studies Systems Engineering within Penn Engineering and Behavioral Economics in the Wharton School. Next year Jeff will pursue a Systems Engineering Masters from Penn Engineering and a Policy & Technology Master in Law from Penn Law.

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