Shana Shwetangi

The more I learn about Banking & Finance, the more excited I get about my career prospects as an investment banker.
Discover SIM GE By the Singapore River in the heart of the banking and trading district, SIM Economics Society president Shana (third from left) and her vice-presidents (from left) Lien Zhou Han (marketing & communication), Shradha (operations) and Kendrick Tay Chew Beng (research & editorial) SHE WANTS to know how money makes the world go round. To put it in academic terms, Shana Shwetangi studies Economics, Finance and related subjects to understand their roles and impact on human life and activities across the globe. In particular, she likes Microeconomics and Corporate Finance, both foundational subjects in her BSc (Hons) in Banking & Finance, University of London programme. Shana Shwetangi, 20, who hails from Mumbai, India, graduates in mid-2016. In the beginning, she had problems understanding various Microeconomics concepts. “I then realised my approach was wrong. I was trying to answer questions mechanically, solely out of the knowledge I gleaned from reading my notes. I figured later that the key was logic. And once I did that, I fell in love with the subject. I would spend hours solving Microeconomics problems without getting bored.” Excited About Banking Shana admits her aspiration is a career in banking. “I was first introduced to this profession by my father who has been working in the banking sector for almost three decades. I understood his work and helped him during my free time. This led me to choose the Banking and Finance programme. The more I learn about this field, the more excited I get about my career prospects as an investment banker,” she says. “After I graduate, I would like to pursue a Master's in Finance. This will give me additional insights into the area and will help me specialise further.” Leading The Economics Society In February 2015, she became president of the Economics Society, a group of students who are not only enthusiastic about this rather difficult subject, but want to spread Economics ideas and knowledge on campus. Her previous roles were as Chief Editor of the society’s publications in 2014, where she led a team of writers producing contents for newsletters and the information panels in the exhibition. She contributed an interesting article on the Hemline Index which says that when times are good, women’s hemline goes up and shorter skirts are evident, but when times are bad, it goes down and women dress more conservatively.   As president, she directs and supervises a large team of 18 executive committee members (picture above) as they plan and manage the many different activities and events of the year. The most important is Economics Week in November 2015 when the capacious atrium in the main building was lined with text and infographics panels that explain the mysteries and dark secrets of this dismal science. Explaining is never easy, even for seasoned business and Economics reporters and columnists, much less student writers. The theme for the 2015 exhibition is on Singapore’s economic sectors, for instance, on how free trade agreements (FTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnerships benefit Singapore. The Assistant Managing Director (Economic Policy) and Chief Economist of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Edward Robinson, was one of the key speakers. He explained how monetary policy in Singapore is centred on the management of the exchange rate. Summer Abroad At Berkeley In the summer of 2014, Shana spent six weeks at the University of California, Berkeley, studying behavioural Finance and Investments, and being awarded full credits in both modules. “These subjects deal with emotional and other so-called irrational factors that influence real-life decision-making,” Shana explains. Another CCA that she is involved in, is the Toastmasters’ club. Shana won Best Speaker in her very first Toastmasters session, and was First Runner-up in the Junior League in January 2015, and Second Runner-up at the International Speech & Table Topics contest the following month. In December 2014, Shana served as one of SIM GE’s Student Representatives in its outreach programme to schools. Passion For Travel, Books Outside the classroom, Shana is passionate about travelling and exploring different places and learning different cultures. “Travel fascinates me to no end,” she says. “I started travelling by myself in that year (2014) when I attended Berkeley. It was a learning experience. It taught me life lessons that no books could have provided. I promised myself there and then that I will continue to travel and add to these experiences. “I went backpacking in mid-2015 to Thailand. I went alone, interacted with the locals and tourists, tried different foods and survived a sudden storm at the beach near my hotel. The wind was so strong I was almost blown away,” she says. “I am a very big fan of the ocean and enjoy swimming, sea kayaking and sailing. I love trying new cuisines and am fond of food and cooking in general. I also enjoy writing. It makes me understand myself better.” Her favourite non-textbook author is Khaled Hosseini, known for And the Mountains Echoed, The Kite Runner  and A Thousand Splendid Suns, which she has all read. Other books that she feels deserve “honourable mention” are Mayada, and the Princess trilogy, both by Jean Sasson, The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Inferno by Dan Brown. She also enjoys re-reading Freakonomics (about Behavioural Economics, which “fascinates and excites me”), Angels and Demons (it transports me to the Vatican each time I read it) and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. - Posted 09 December 2015