Pia Shetty

Program of Study: BA in Communications, completed May 2011. Currently pursuing MBA in Marketing

Home Country: India

Date of Graduation: May 2014

Activities: Student advisor for SPECTRUM, Student Government Association, President of Communication Honor Societ, University Honors Program.


Why did you decide to study in the U.S.A.?

I believe that the United States truly values a good education. Students are treated with high regard and are encouraged to succeed in their studies. Emphasis is placed on a balance of practical and theoretical knowledge which prepares students to be progressive members of a global worforce.

Why did you choose FDU? 

I came to FDU in Fall 2007 for a BA in Communication. I really enjoyed my years here and immersed myself in the active student community. In my opinion, FDU’s true strength lies in its diverse student body. I have friends and classmates from over 30 different countries. Besides the diverse student body, the professors are resourceful and in some cases, very entertaining. I continued on for my MBA because our business school is AACSB recognized adding great value to my degree.

What do you like best about FDU?OIGA Pia Friends HALF

The people make the place and I absolutely love the people (students, faculty & staff) at FDU who really made me feel like I was at home here.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my family, but I am very thankful to them for giving me the opportunity to be here.

What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education?

The two-way communication and close relationship between students and professors was a new concept for me when I got here initially. It was different compared to what I had experienced in India.

...your biggest disappointment?

Online classes. I am a big fan of the traditional classroom environment where there is live exchange of ideas. Distance learning is not as productive.

How have you handled:

...Language differences?

I studied English throughout my school years so it was not very challenging to communicate with people here.


My parents helped my with tuition throughout my undergrad. During my undergrad I worked at WFDU - our on campus radio station and as a tutor. During the summers I worked as an orientation leader and a senior program assistant. I currently work as a Graduate Assistant in the Academic Resource Center.

...Adjusting to a different educational system?

The educational system here demands high levels of interaction and self study. The MBA program is rigourous yet enjoyable and the professors I've studied with so far really know their stuff.

OIGA Pia Honors HALFWhat are your activities at FDU? 

I am currently the student advisor for SPECTRUM. I have served on the Student Government Association for three years. I was the President of the Communication Honor Society for my senior year and also a member of the University Honors Program. The Honors Program at FDU is fantastic - While in program, I presented papers at three Northeast Regional Honors Conferences. I also acted in a play titled "All the Great Book - Abridged" presented by the University Players.

How easy or difficult is making friends?

Making friends is challenging at first but the easiest way is to participate in the various student organizations and the activities they offer. I made some really great friends at FDU and have learned a great deal from them.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy watching movies, writing poetry and going on roadtrips.

Do you go into NYC often?  

Not often enough. When I'm in the city, its usually to meet friends, or for chicken and rice.

What is your favorite spot on campus?  

I really enjoy a meal at Jeepers. Its bright and has an awesome view of the river. Its a great place to go write a paper or chill with friends

What has been your favorite class?  

My undergraduate advertising classes were amazing mainly because I absolutely loved my instructor, Professor LoPonte. Her classes were highly interactive and we created some great campaigns.

What are your career goals?

I want to work as Creative Director at an Advertising Agency. I think with a background in Communication and an MBA in Marketing, I will definitely be ready on the right path to achieving this goal. The US education has improved my communication and leadership skills. I feel a lot more confident presenting my thoughts and ideas to the world.

What is your advice to other students who are considering FDU?

FDU is a great educational institution with lot of resources at your disposal. Just step out of your comfort zone and seize every opportunity to do new things and meet new people. Get involved with campus life and student organizations.