University of California, Santa Barbara
Environmental Studies, 2010
Why I Chose Fuqua
When initially considering an MBA, I excitedly visited a few campuses, yet walked away crestfallen. It was difficult to identify role models in the greeting groups, investment in student culture seemed perfunctory, and opportunities for leadership development were cursory. Gaining a global, ethical MBA mindset mattered as much to me as the requisite curriculum. I had heard Fuqua had just such a program, yet I remained skeptical as I set foot on the Duke campus for the first time.
I found classmates discussing unlimited staff support for their nontraditional paths, leaders relaying the resiliency and reflection motivated by purposeful peer support and feedback, self-aware Fuquans ruminating on the application of business strategies to improve society at a global scale...I saw myself in these students, and was in awe of the growth potential possible at Fuqua.
5 Tips For Maximizing Your Time At Fuqua
- Academics: We have six-week terms, which is meant to force you to rely on your first-year team, get smart about how to prioritize classes and assignments, and know when to let things go. Consider what your priorities are so that you can communicate and take lead on that which matters most to you.
- Professors: Our faculty is exceptional and accessible. Go to office hours, have coffee chats, and get to know these phenomenal researchers and teachers.
- Professional: Recruitment is insane, and the good news is that’s largely because you have so many options while here, so you have to be smart about how you spend your time. I had to think through various scenarios to ascertain which roles and internships I should investigate and was helped in that process by our Career Management Center and the pay-it-forward culture of our second-year class.
- Leadership: Opportunities abound here, don’t feel the need (like I initially did) to sign up for ALL THE THINGS. Be intentional and wait for the roles that speak to you.
- Social: Your peers, professors, deans, staff, all are amazing. Make time to go to Fuqua Friday for free food and a beer with the whole school, or put a calendar hold on for your section’s Thanksgiving celebration. Make time for fun, and for the people who will support you, buoy you up, and continue to be your friends and coworkers in the future.
My Life Before Fuqua
As a Teach for America teacher and then as a Fulbright grantee in Madrid, I improved the odds of success for students. In the Bay Area, I managed a legacy program at the California Academy of Sciences and established a makerspace in Silicon Valley in partnership with an education foundation and the 49ers.
My Life After Fuqua
My career plans are fluid; at Fuqua, I am being exposed to and preparing for a variety of internships and roles. I’m recruiting for consulting, marketing, and leadership development programs for the summer. I believe I’ll end up in consulting post-Fuqua, but I’m going to explore options en route!