Why I Chose Fuqua
I chose Fuqua because of the people and health care opportunities. I enjoyed the nature of the student body which helped create an environment of collaboration and support in academics, the job search, and social life. The ability to meet people before recruiting helped allow for stronger relationships when everyone’s focus shifts to the job search.
The health care opportunities span from the classroom to real world projects. HSM bootcamp provided a strong basis of understanding of the U.S. health care system. In Biotech/Pharma Strategy, the professors were an MD and a former pharma CEO. I was also able to learn from my classmates who had experience in patent law, commercial operations, and wholesale strategy. Lastly, I was able to conduct market sizing for a health tech startup through New Venture Fellows. I was paired with an experienced mentor, and I worked in conjunction with the startup’s CEO to assist driving their company towards commercialization. All these experiences helped me confidently transition from the military to the health care sector.
Five Random Things to Experience in the Triangle
- Carolina Hurricanes Games
- Mac & Cheese at Poole’s Diner
- N.C. State Fair
- Concert at Cat’s Cradle
- Chapel Hill 10-Miler
My Life Before Fuqua
Before attending Fuqua, I was a Special Forces Officer with 7th Special Forces Group. In that organization, I led my Special Forces Detachment through a combat deployment to Afghanistan. Following that role, I was the Battalion Operations Officer overseeing the operations of our 500-person organization throughout Central and South America.
My Life After Fuqua
Following Fuqua, I plan to work in the health care industry. I will be able to blend the experiences (internship, NVF, Nucleate), formal education (HSM & academic courses), and knowledge from my peers to establish a holistic basis of understanding that I can take to my firm.
Health Sector Management (HSM) Fellow
New Ventures Fellow
Duke Armed Forces Association (DAFA)
Health Care Club (HCC)