Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Elise Rose

Class of 2010

The combination of top-tier athletics and academics creates a unique connection amongst all Duke students. The MMS program not only offers this unique academic experience, it opens up the doors to a network of fellow students and alumni, all of whom share this connection.

Deep Duke Roots

I've been a Duke girl my whole life. Both of my parents, my stepmom, and my grandfather went to Duke. In fact, my grandfather graduated from Fuqua in '71 with a master's in hospital administration (now it's considered an MBA) and Duke Law in '82.

I've been a Duke fan since I was 3 ... I grew up going to every Duke basketball game that was ever played in Chicago. My dad and I never missed a game on TV, and we attended 5 straight ACC championships, all of which Duke won. He used to quiz me on the starting lineups and average statistics of the players. Being a Duke fan wasn't just a mindset, it was my identity to all those who knew me growing up. I attended Duke Soccer Camp for many years, and I remember knowing at that young age that Duke was in my future.

Cheering on the Team

My gymnastics background and diehard Duke spirit helped me make the Duke cheerleading team. The 4 years I spent cheering will forever remain in my heart. I got to be part of a great tradition and watch Duke basketball from the best seat in the house, Coach K Court.

I will forever be honored and humbled by the fact that the Cameron Crazies used to actually count the number of flips my teammates and I did down the court during timeouts. My cheerleading experience embodies the camaraderie between my teammates, fellow athletes, students, and fans. Being a Duke cheerleader was more than entertaining the crowd, it was 4 years of passing onto others the passion I have for Duke.

We've Got Spirit

Being a Duke student is awesome. There are so many activities like Campout, basketball games, comedy shows, dance shows, and concerts. Athletic events are a great outlet for socializing and taking pride in the university. Everyone embraces the school spirit and loves Duke—there's so much to be proud of in Duke Athletics.

This Duke pride also applies to academics. The combination of top-tier athletics and academics creates a unique connection amongst all Duke students. The MMS program not only offers this unique academic experience, it opens up the doors to a network of fellow students and alumni, all of whom share this connection. Duke pride lasts forever, and sharing this with others opens the door to continuous career opportunities and relationships. This year, I saw MMS students from other undergraduate institutions immediately become Duke fans—that is what sets Duke apart.

Landing the Job

After college, I felt like I was in limbo until I saw information about the MMS program. I had never done a real job search before, and given the economy, I wasn't confident that I would get a job I really wanted. I went to an MMS information session, and it was like my saving grace. I knew it would be a great program to prepare me for a job in business.

I got the first job that I interviewed for during the MMS program. I think it was due to a strong interview (and maybe a little bit of luck). I went into the interview really prepared—I had done mock and video interviews with Fuqua's Career Management Center (CMC). Based on what I learned by working with the CMC, I knew how to leverage my past experience and skills, including coaching. The interviewers liked the fact that I had been a coach and was used to being in a team environment, both on and off the court.

Down the road, it's hard to predict what will happen. I want to be a mom, I want to have a family, and I also hope to get an MBA because I've found that business is something that I'm good at.