2020 Best & Brightest: Sachit Grover, University of Michigan (Ross)

Sachit Grover

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

“I am extremely Filmy, Extra, Fun, Comedic, Hardworking, and Bollywood-Obsessed.”

Fun fact about yourself: I make YouTube videos in the Hindi language. Link to channel here.

Hometown: Novi, Michigan

High School: North Farmington High School

Major: Business (Emphasizing in Marketing & Strategy)

Minor: Minors in Acting and Performing Arts Management

Favorite Business Course: Social Media Marketing

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

  1. C.K. Prahalad Award Recipient
  2. Summer in South Asia Fellowship Recipient
  3. BBA Mitchell Award Recipient
  4. Leo Burnett BBA Award Recipient
  5. Foreign Language and Area Studies Recipient
  6. Ross Entertainment & Digital Media Club President (2019-2020)
  7. Image of Identities Improv Group- Member
  8. LDRx (Ross Leadership Experience Club) President (2018-2019)
  9. BBA Ambassador (give tours of the Ross School of Business)
  10. Teaching Assistant (Fall 2018)

Where have you interned during your college career?

  1. NBCUniversal; New York City; Ad Sales Intern
  2. Eros Now; Mumbai, India; Marketing Intern
  3. Arbor Opera Theater; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Sales Strategist Intern
  4. Alta Business Group; Troy, Michigan; Marketing Intern

Where will you be working after graduation?  TBD – Choosing between taking a gap year to pursue acting and working full-time at an Entertainment firm.

What company do you admire most? I really admire Disney for their continuous efforts in pursuing innovation and high-quality content. Disney places an immense effort in everything they venture into.

Who is your favorite professor? My favorite professor is Pinderjeet Gill because I have had her for three semesters and she has been extremely encouraging for my YouTube channel. She also helps me improve upon my Hindi and gives me extra articles outside of the required course curriculum. Basically, she goes above-and-beyond to consistently help me.

What did you enjoy most about your business school? I really enjoy the alumni network that the business school has to offer. The business school places a great emphasis on allowing the students to connect with alumni. Last summer, I interned in Mumbai, India and was able to utilize the Ross Entertainment network to obtain an internship at a reputable entertainment firm there.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I learned from studying business was to focus on improving myself and I also learned how to brand myself. Before business school, I was very shy and never went out of my comfort zone; however, coming to business school, I decided to work on creating an image that reflects my interest in acting.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? I would tell that student that individuality and learning to be yourself can take you a long way. When you are networking, looking to improve yourself, among other things, being yourself can take you a long way.  

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? I am really surprised by the vast opportunities that are available. I thought I would only be doing one specific role, but I feel like majoring in Business, and especially being at Ross, has allowed me to understand that there are many options in the real-world with a business degree.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of receiving the Leo Burnett BBA Award because I am happy that my internships and efforts into studying marketing have been acknowledged and appreciated.

Which classmate do you most admire? I really admire Avantika Bagri; she is one of the hardest-working students I know. I met her in New York City this past summer and she has been extremely supportive in my business career as well. She is a friend and someone I can go to for advice.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I really want to thank my close friend, Nidhi Kanchan. She has been so supportive in my business and acting career and she has also helped me grow my YouTube channel. I also have her proofread emails and essays for me before I send them to individuals of higher status at companies.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?

  1. Working on creating a campaign for a Bollywood film (start-to-finish)
  2. Creating interactive advertisements on a streaming platform

What are your hobbies? I really enjoy making YouTube videos, acting in plays and YouTube videos, working out, swimming, and writing short films.

What made Sachit such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2020?

“The first time I became aware of Sachit as being a stand-out student was during his selection of his minors. In the Office of Undergraduate Programs, we often talk about how business skills can enhance effectiveness in any field. We also are proponents of exploring other disciplines by course sampling and minors. Having two minors in the arts makes Sachit a wonderful example of a student pursuing his personal artistic interests with the Ross BBA.

This year, a form with Sachit’s name on it crossed my desk. He was applying for an arts-related opportunity in India and I took this opportunity to meet with him on multiple occasions. Getting to know Sachit was energizing. His sincerity and personal drive are models for other students. He is a quiet leader among his peers, and I am not entirely sure Sachit is fully aware of this. His confidence in his pursuits and his exceptionally welcoming communication style help other students succeed.

Sachit’s focus on marketing and acting make his career pursuits a bit unexpected at Ross. Therefore, his certain success will prove to be an example for many students in subsequent years. Sachit’s willingness to consider a postgraduate gap year to pursue his passion is another reason he is an example for young people driven by personal development and serving others.”

Paul Kirsch
Managing Director
Office of Undergraduate Programs
Michigan Ross

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