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“My team has been the bedrock I rely on as I navigate the program. We each have had different experiences, and we’ll go to different places after graduation, so I’m grateful to Fuqua for giving us this unique moment of convergence in our lives here in Durham.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2020
Industry:
Strategy and Management Consulting

Prior Education:

University of Virginia
Economics/English, 2019
Hometown:
Chantilly, Virginia
Nationality:
USA

Why I Chose Fuqua

I was attracted to Fuqua’s reputation as a quantitatively-focused business school. I wanted to build on my liberal arts background and add an analytical edge to it. Fuqua offered a rigorous environment to achieve this. I also liked Fuqua’s strong alumni presence in the Washington, D.C. area, where I want to work. I knew I could leverage this network as I went through recruiting. Lastly, I know I thrive in high-performance environments. I felt confident Fuqua would provide the quality peers and professors to push me to my best.

Before Fuqua

I had two great internships in tax consulting with Andersen in Washington, D.C. I enjoyed researching the ever-fluctuating tax law, poring through the client’s financial data, then tying it all together to draw comprehensive conclusions.

After Fuqua

I’m interested in strategy and management consulting. This line of work gives me the chance to apply my entire toolbox of writing, coding, data visualization, and analytical skills. I’d like to work in Washington D.C. as the city offers unique opportunities to work on both federal and private contracts.

5 Best Date Ideas in Durham

  1. Duke Performances: Artists are always visiting campus. I saw a ballet for $10 at the Bryan Center, now they’re in France performing at a much higher cost. Take advantage of that student discount!
  2. The Streets at Southpoint: Not only does Southpoint have a great theater, a variety of restaurants, and affordable shops, but the mall also has great outdoor spaces just to wander and watch life outside of Duke.
  3. Nasher Museum of Art: Practice your goatee-scratching pose and analyze art exhibits instead of cases for an hour. The exhibits change so you can do repeat visits and it’s free for Duke students!
  4. Free Movies at Duke: Another chance to explore Duke’s campus without burning the budget. There is a great variety of films (including new releases) shown at the Griffith Theater in the Bryan Center.
  5. Duke Gardens: A go-to spot for any couple. It’s also a very serene space for personal reflection.

My Favorite Professor

Professor Luca Rigotti had a great way of incorporating humanity into his quantitative business analysis course. He used his daughter in examples, gave us all M&Ms to demonstrate probability, and played really strange music before lectures. Beyond his eccentricity, Professor Rigotti taught us how to wield econometric analysis software designed by Fuqua faculty. We had the chance to apply our skills through practical cases like estimating real estate prices in Barcelona and predicting Amazon’s stock price.

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%
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