Kamal Tahiliani’s Story
First-time mom determined to earn KU MBA
Kamal Tahiliani always knew she wanted to earn an MBA degree. She left her home in New York and a 12-year career in banking. The time to go back was ideal - or so she thought!
While attending classes at the KU Edwards Campus, she learned of a pleasant surprise.
"I found out I was pregnant with my first child," says Kamal. "I was taking two courses when I was nine months pregnant and delivered my daughter right before finals."
The decision to continue school was not easy. Kamal says KU makes it possible to be both a student and full-time mom.
"KU offers evening classes that allow me to spend my mornings and afternoons with my daughter," says Kamal. "You have the option of setting your own pace at KU, and you can make your class schedule fit your lifestyle."
The nature of the Edwards Campus is geared for adult learners, and the faculty is willing to work around individual students' situations. On nights when Kamal's husband works late, her professor provides flexibility and convenience by allowing Kamal to bring her daughter to class until her husband gets off work.
"The professors are very supportive of my situation; allowing me to keep my daughter as my top priority."
Kamal says family has been an essential piece of her puzzle in going back to school.
"I have the privilege of living near family, which is a huge help when I need to focus on school. Without the help from my family, I would not be as successful in working toward my degree."
Kamal says she chose KU because it offers two campuses close to home and provides flexibility with the commute. "I started my MBA on the Lawrence campus but found the Edwards campus to be a better fit."
She also values learning from the same professors who teach in Lawrence and feels she has been able to meet new people and network with other young professionals. "I never feel like I miss out by not going to Lawrence," says Kamal.
Kamal hopes to use her MBA in the healthcare industry and eventually manage a children’s charity. She works hard each week, determined to advance her career and reach graduation.
"Getting an MBA allows you to fully represent yourself," she says. "It is the best investment you can make."