ProfileFull Time MBA, 2015
What factors led you to choose your program at the University of San Diego?
I'm originally from San Diego, and was initially attracted by the location and overall reputation of USD. After additional research, I was further impressed by the small MBA class size (meaning specialized attention from professors and career services), emphasis on Corporate Responsibility, and strong Marketing and Finance departments. After visiting campus and attending a sample class, the warm rapport between students and faculty solidified my decision to come to USD. I wanted to be in an environment where I could thrive academically and professionally, but also make life-long friends and mentors.
What do you like best about being a student in your program?
The best thing about getting the program are the people that I have met not only in my cohort, but also the professors and career services and MBA program directors. The MBA program is supportive; we're not competitive with each other and everyone works together to help each other succeed. The first semester is very work-intensive, so it's nice to go through the challenges with such a diverse and interesting group of people.
How will your business degree and experiences with USD help you succeed?
An MBA from USD will help me build a broad array of leadership skills that will help me succeed at the next level. I will gain the confidence to address diverse business issues by utilizing my experience in the classroom, with group projects, and case studies and contests. Additionally, USD's strong network will help me realize my Marketing goals.
What motivated you to continue with higher education?
I want a long and thriving career, and an MBA will not only give me a specialized edge professionally, but help me become a more well-rounded person in general.
What advice do you have for students entering your program?
Attend every networking event that you can. You never know who you will meet, or the connections that you might make, socially or professionally. Put yourself out there and make an effort to get to know not only your cohort, but students in the other cohort and professors and USD alumni as well. The bigger your network, the more opportunities you will have.