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“Working in teams and being in class with students from backgrounds very different from my own has helped me push outside of my comfort zone by forcing me to reexamine my ways of doing things and to think more unconventionally.”

MMS: Foundations of Business

Class of 2020

Prior Education:

Cornell University
Human Biology, Health, and Society, 2019
Pleasanton, California

Why I Chose Fuqua

I was drawn to Fuqua for the chance to learn from world-class faculty at a well-renowned business school. I want to pursue a career in sports marketing, but I realized I didn’t have the hard skills necessary to succeed in the business world. The MMS program seemed like a perfect way to fill that gap. I was also drawn to the collaborative aspect of Fuqua because I felt like it best simulates the real world and would allow me to learn the most from my peers.

Before Fuqua

At Cornell, I ran cross country and track and interned as a strength and conditioning coach. Having this experience helped me realize my passion for athletics, as well as working with people and helping them achieve their goals. Currently, I’m working part-time with Blue Devil IMG Sports Marketing.

After Fuqua

I want to blend my passion for athletics and people by going into sports marketing. I hope to gain experience in the industry by working at a sports agency.

5 Best Places to Eat in Durham

  1. Hutchins Garage — This is the best place to go for pizza and craft beers in a casual atmosphere.
  2. Nosh — This place is really close to Fuqua and has amazing breakfast options.
  3. Gonza Tacos y Tequila — The best place to go for Mexican food and the spooky décor makes the dining experience even more incredible.
  4. Fullsteam Brewery — This is a great place for a casual bite to eat and craft beers and it’s located central to nightlife in Durham.
  5. Eastcut Sandwich Bar — They have an amazing selection of sandwiches and fun events, like trivia night. This is located a little farther from Fuqua, but it’s worth the drive.

My Favorite Professor

Few can command the attention of a class and make their points stick as Professor Mark Brown can. His business communication lectures are a live example of the content on public speaking he is delivering and he makes every session engaging. I also appreciate how he doesn’t shy away from giving you honest feedback and genuinely wants you to grow as a person.

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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