ROHUN RANGNEKAR, CLASS OF 2004
Rohun Rangnekar graduated from University High School in 2004, and he earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Indiana University. He is currently working as a project manager for IU Health. Below Rohun answers a few questions about his college experience and how University prepared him for life at IU and beyond.
What have you been up to since leaving University?
After graduating from University, I went to Indiana University Bloomington and majored in finance and entrepreneurship and minored in nonprofit management. I was heavily involved with the Kappa Sigma fraternity, where I served as vice president, and the Student Athletic Board, where I was director of football and mens tennis.
After finishing my undergraduate degree in 2008, I joined health care distributor Cardinal Health in their financial leadership program. I was with Cardinal for four years working on cost accounting in Fort Mill, SC, operational excellence in Columbus, OH, and financial planning for our Environmental Technologies business unit in Chicago, IL. At that time I knew I had gained a lot of experience but I needed a change, so I went back to IU to get my MBA in management with a minor in data analytics. I graduated from the MBA program in 2015, and I was fortunate enough to get a job back home in Indianapolis, on the provider side of health care with IU Health. I am currently in a job I love as a project manager, working on a wide variety of strategic projects ranging from supply chain to post acute care.
How do you feel University best prepared you for college?
The quick answer is academically. The rigor of classwork we experience at University sets us up for success in college. I remember during my first semester at IU, I was thinking many of my classes covered the same material as we had at University, but it was just faster paced. That being said, University prepares students for college beyond just academics. At University we are encouraged to get involved in anything and everything. Having the opportunity to play sports, act in plays, and be on Stewardship Council was not only great leadership experience, but it was also great time management practice. Through mentoring and close interactions with faculty, I felt like I was prepared for meeting with professors on a regular basis and building those relationships that can help you through your classes. And finally, through small class sizes, community meetings, and the core values, I think we really develop an understanding of who we are and develop a comfort level with that. And in college, with so many things pulling you in many different directions, understanding who you are and what you stand for is helpful.
Do you see that the core values you learned at University still apply to your life now? How?
[I see this] all the time, and I feel the meaning of the core values has evolved for me as I have moved on from University. I can think of numerous examples of striving to do my best, thinking outside the box, blending different points of view, treating others with respect, owning my actions whether they were good or bad, and not being afraid to step up and take charge to make a difference. After a while those core values become second nature, but it’s nice to take a step back and realize how they were developed at University.
Please share your best University memory.
I have many great memories at University. Right now, this probably sticks out more than others because I am answering this in March, but I look fondly upon my three years of high school basketball. High school basketball is a big deal in Indiana, and I am always grateful for the opportunity University gave me to play. It’s not just the games either. More than the games, I miss practicing with the team, hanging out with the team outside of school, running out during the fight song, and joking with teammates on the bench. It was a wonderful experience.
Do you regularly volunteer or do service work? If so what do you do?
I try to be involved in some type of activity at all times. When I lived in Chicago, I was a big brother in Big Brothers and Big Sisters. During grad school and now, I serve as the alumni advisor for the Kappa Sigma fraternity. I think it is always good to give back, and finding those organizations that are meaningful to you make it even more worthwhile.