Photo of Ana Carolina Mejia
“Fuqua is one big support system where everyone is rooting for you. We celebrate our cohort’s successes as our own. We help each other achieve goals from job hunting to understanding difficult concepts in class; someone is always there to offer their help.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2021
Industry:
Strategy Consulting

Prior Education:

The University of Tampa
Government/World Affairs, 2019
Hometown:
Panama City, Panama
Nationality:
Colombia/Panama

Why I Chose Fuqua

When I came to visit, I felt very welcomed. I met many students with unique backgrounds. Dean Boulding spoke about the support Duke gives to the international student community, both in and outside the classroom, which was very important to me. I also appreciated the importance given to DQ (decency quotient). I think schools should teach values like that at all levels of learning, and I am happy to be part of a community that shares that belief. I also love Fuqua’s location in Durham. It has been an adventure for me to move to North Carolina, and I have enjoyed it very much.

Before Fuqua

I worked as a paralegal for one year. While I worked in law, I realized I enjoyed the operations, management, and marketing part of the firm more than the practice of law itself, so I decided to pursue a business degree.

After Fuqua

I plan to work in strategy consulting to learn best practices in a general scope. Ultimately, I want to join my passion for government and development with my business knowledge to work in political consulting and social impact. I also want to work alongside my country’s government using data analytics to create better social and educational policies.

5 Random Things About Me

  1. I played golf competitively during my senior year of high school.
  2. I have lived in five different countries; Colombia, Panama, U.S., Costa Rica, and Spain.
  3. I walked the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards in 2013. Sixteen-year-old me was living her dream.
  4. I was a staff writer for my college’s newspaper; the opinion section was my favorite because I felt like it gave me a voice and outlet to express my thoughts that I never had before.
  5. I enjoy social media content creation. I love making videos, taking pictures, and watching other creators. I even took a course on it while staying in during the 2020 pandemic.

My Favorite Professor

My favorite professor is Inês Black. In her Principles of Strategy course, we used case studies to learn about successful and unsuccessful strategies, and she would explain in-depth the theory behind each case. Even while learning in a virtual classroom, I felt that her class was engaging, and I could participate and learn as if I were in person. I learned so much during her course, and I know that it will be useful in my future career.

Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business

Undergraduate Majors

Liberal Arts (33%)
Business/Accounting (24%)
Engineering/Natural Sciences (18%)
Economics (17%)
Other (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
MMS: Foundations of Business

Average Age

23

Average Work Experience

6 months or less

Countries Represented

27

Non-US Citizenship

43%

Women

49%
Lindsey Walker
MMS: Foundations of Business

Lindsey Walker

Class of 2018
Photo of Stephen Irving
MMS: Foundations of Business

Stephen Irving

Class of 2021
Photo of Rishabh Poddar
MMS: Foundations of Business

Rishabh Poddar

Class of 2021
John Patterson's Gallery Image
MMS: Foundations of Business

John Patterson

Class of 2020