Spotlight on…Adi Sahani

This week Adi Sahani ’15 shared her reasons for coming to CBS and why being a Peer Advisor was her most memorable CBS moment so far.

Why did you choose to come to CBS?
The first time I visited CBS, I loved the campus and Patricia, a J-term student, spent half a day telling me about her experiences and what the CBS community meant to her. I also had the opportunity to hear a CBS Matters presentation that completely blew me away. So, my decision came down to a great program with close-knit community of amazing people in one of my favorite cities!

adi sahaniWhat has been your favorite moment at CBS so far?
It’s hard to pick one because there are so many. I have to say being a Peer Advisor is truly a learning experience I hope everyone goes through. Welcoming a class of 500+ first year students and being responsible for shaping the culture of a cluster with 70 students has a lasting impact. What is shocking is that many times you are working with classmates whom you barely know to create this magical experience. A moment that sticks to me is at the end of PA week, there were more than 400 of us who willingly took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.

What has been your favorite class or professor at CBS to date and why?
I took a block week course in January that was taught by Deepak Chopra, a famous Indian author, speaker, and motivator. I have seen his books at my house growing up, so taking a class taught by him was surreal. The course was called Just Capitalism & Cause Driven Marketing, and focused on how for-profit businesses can progress substantially by giving to social causes. The class had incredible speakers and I highly recommend it.

What does being a CBS Woman mean to you?
Being a CBS woman is about being myself and cultivating the community around me by being authentic and not fitting in a mold.

What woman (CBS or not) inspires you?
A woman that has inspired me since my time at EMC is Linda Connly, Senior Vice President of Sales. An Enterprise technology sale is a rough career path for women for many reasons. The first time I met Linda was when I asked her to speak at an event I was planning, and she talked about her list of 10 leadership principles that she lives by. What I admire about Linda the most is that she is authentic, soft, and so down-to-earth yet commands respect in a way that makes others want to work with her.

What will you be taking away from CBS?
A really close circle of friends that could not be more diverse both in terms of where we come from and who we are as individuals. I also feel very lucky to have so many opportunities to meet classmates in different settings outside of the classroom that has really strengthened my relationships. Memories that will last a lifetime include singing karaoke at the Israel-Syria border on top of a mountain late at night, dancing with over 150 classmates to Bollywood songs in Low Library while celebrating Diwali, and deep and meaningful conversations with friends about our lives.

What’s something most of your CBS classmates would be surprised to know about you?
I am very passionate about education of children and feel strongly that good education should be a right for all rather than a privilege. I taught high school students in Rwanda entrepreneurship for a weeklong boot camp in a small village. It was one of the hardest yet most rewarding experiences thus far.

If you could be anyone other than yourself, who would you be?
I wouldn’t want to be anyone other than myself because I wouldn’t be good at it. I would love to get into the minds of certain people, just because I’m fascinated and would like to understand how they think. One of them is definitely Steve Jobs.


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