Pranshu Maheshwari

Class Year: 

2015
Hometown: Chennai, India

School: 

Sishya, Chennai, India

Language: 

Spanish
I’ve made friends from all around the world and have learned so much from simply talking to them. My perspectives have widened and I feel I have a much better understanding of the world that I live in thanks to the community.

Why Huntsman?

Growing up in India, Pranshu was eager to study somewhere where students could choose courses across subject areas and not be restricted to a single subject for the duration of one’s university years. Pranshu sought a holistic education, one providing greater opportunities for personal development. He specifically sought an education combining the best business and liberal arts studies, “an intellectually satisfying education alongside a professional degree.” These reasons, among others, made the Huntsman Program Pranshu’s top college choice.

Life at Penn Thus Far

Pranshu has been widely involved in the Huntsman community, as well as the larger Penn community. He was chair of the Wharton Leadership Ventures (WLV) advisory board for 2014, directed and acted for various theater organizations, and occasionally performs standup comedy.

Pranshu's concentration at Wharton is statistics. He also has minors in Math and Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences. He finds the opportunities offered to him as a student in the Huntsman Program incredible. He initially applied to the program with Hindi as his target language, but he decided to switch to Spanish to enhance his experience. He first spent 6 weeks in Alicate, Spain after his freshman year to work on language studies. After his sophomore year, he spent 10 weeks doing an internship in Santiago, Chile, after which he spent his semester abroad in Madrid.

His favorite course to date is History 107, Comparative Capitalist Systems. “I had never taken a course like that in school in India, a class in which participation and critical thinking were important.” For Pranshu, the class was one of the highlights of his first semester at Penn. “For the first time in my life I felt like I was truly enjoying my academics. It was difficult to choose courses each semester. I feel like four years hasn't been enough to learn all that I could learn here.”

Pranshu admits he had chosen the program purely out of academic and professional interests, but now he sees the community as the best part of the Huntsman experience. “I’ve made friends from all around the world and have learned so much from simply talking to them. My perspectives have widened and I feel I have a much better understanding of the world that I live in thanks to the community.”

After graduation, Pranshu will be working on his own startup, called Prayas Analytics. He began working on it during his junior year, and has received great support from Wharton and Penn at large for his venture. He feels his international experience was crucial in helping him decide his post-graduation plans. "Living abroad gave me a much better understanding of myself, and what I truly enjoy. I'm sure my choices today would have been different had I never come to Huntsman, and never spent time in Chile or Spain."