Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business Student Donovan Spearman
“Through classes and the Fuqua experience as a whole, my understanding of what it takes to be a good leader has improved, and I feel like I have become a better leader. The class material has aided in this transformation, but more than anything else, just continuously working in a team environment on assignments and cases has been the most impactful.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2022

Prior Education:

Dartmouth College
Environmental Studies, 2021
Gardena, California

Why I Chose Fuqua

As a track & field athlete, coming out of my undergraduate studies, I had extra eligibility that I could use to attend graduate school. I knew a few students in Fuqua’s MMS program and spoke with them and the admissions team about the program and experience. I received a lot of positive information about how Fuqua helps to develop a strong foundation of business skills and knowledge, and that was exactly what I was looking for in a graduate school.

Before Fuqua

Prior to joining Fuqua, I interned at a few startup companies in operations and marketing roles, and since May 2020, I work part-time as an operations associate for a marketing consulting startup company. I knew that the MMS program would strengthen my business knowledge which is important for any career path I pursue.

After Fuqua

While I am not entirely sure what career I want to pursue once I graduate, I want to do something where I can combine my problem-solving and leadership skills in an effort to help others and society. I know that Fuqua has prepared me for whichever career path I choose to follow.

5 Best Places to Eat in Durham

  1. Dame’s Chicken & Waffles: My personal favorite, I could eat here all day. A must try in Durham.
  2. Juju Durham: It’s a pricey meal but always worth it. They serve Asian fusion and tapas in small but sharable portions and every single dish they have is a hit.
  3. PRESS: Their specialty is crepes but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Their seasonal drinks are always very refreshing as well.
  4. Bull McCabe’s: All I have to say is their fries are unreal!
  5. Monuts: Really great breakfast and they rotate donuts and fancy coffee flavors around. Possibly the best pure breakfast spot in Durham.

What I Love About My Classmates

I am amazed every time I meet a new classmate. Many of us come from different backgrounds, cultures, and regions and are able to have fun and enjoy our business school experience together. Being from the United States, I particularly love speaking to my classmates who are international students and learning about their life, experience in Fuqua and Durham, and their goals. I’ve been able to learn a lot about the world and different cultures through these conversations and I plan to take these friendships and lessons with me into the next part of my life.

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


Average Work Experience

6 months or less

Countries Represented


Non-US Citizenship



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MMS: Foundations of Business

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MMS: Foundations of Business

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MMS: Foundations of Business

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