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“The discussion-based teaching approach at Fuqua has taught me to analyze and think holistically about business problems and their implications, which has led me to respond more effectively and to ask the right questions.”

MQM: Business Analytics

Class of 2020

My Program Track:

Strategy
Industry:
Energy/Automotive/Technology

Prior Education:

University of Cape Town
Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Hometown:
Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality:
South Africa

Why I Chose Fuqua

I wanted to attend a business school where I felt I would fit in yet also be out of my comfort zone through new challenges and experiences. At Fuqua, we all come from different demographics, backgrounds, and experiences, but we all share the same values. This culture of excellence through collective diversity is what attracted me here the most. Furthermore, access to the world-class faculty, career prospects, and alumni network solidified my decision to come to Fuqua.

Before Fuqua

I was a management consultant in Deloitte’s Johannesburg office. I was part of engagement teams delivering client projects and supporting organizations to develop and implement their strategies. Through this role, I realized the importance of data as a lever to unlocking business value.

After Fuqua

My ideal career would be in corporate development or operations. I’m excited to leverage data analytics to drive business decisions such as strategic initiatives, product portfolios, growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and operational excellence.

5 Activities You Need To Do

  1. Hiking at the Eno River State Park is a must, especially when the weather is slightly cooler. There are many trails to choose from and the views are worth it.
  2. Downtown Durham has a lot to offer with historical landmarks, incredible restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. Make sure to check out the 21c Museum Hotel based in a historic art deco building.
  3. All the breweries. Fullsteam is a must-visit if you are looking for a cool spot to hang out with friends.
  4. Head to Raleigh and Chapel Hill every once in a while, there’s so much to see in the Triangle area.
  5. Live music can be found all over. Attend shows at the Pinhook or the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke.

My MQM Track

I’ve always been interested in learning how strategy and operations are interconnected and how they can be leveraged to improve organizations. The strategy track courses teach us how to ask the right questions when it comes to complex business problems. We are taught to understand causality between different variables, optimize operational metrics, and outline strategic priorities.

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MQM: Business Analytics

Zoey Hart

Class of 2020
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MQM: Business Analytics

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Class of 2019
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MQM: Business Analytics

Summer Fu

Class of 2020
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MQM: Business Analytics

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Class of 2019