Meet Carnegie Mellon’s MBA Class Of 2018

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Ademola “Demmy” Adeogun

Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am a self motivated, friendly and optimistic person. I believe in God.

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria/Jacksonville, Florida

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am a visual eater. I tend to assume the taste of everything before I put it in my mouth.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of North Florida – Finance

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Convergys Corporation

Senior Operations Manager – Jacksonville Florida

Operations Manager – Wichita Kansas

Team Lead – Wichita Kansas

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Leading a cross-functional team of over 400 employees to successfully launch, grow and achieve exceptional KPI performance for a Fortune top-10 tech company ahead of schedule!

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? First, take a deep breath and jot down your course of action with dates and timelines. Time is of the essence and do not procrastinate. I will recommend that you take a sample GMAT and GRE exam to see on which one you fare better. Whichever test you do better on, create a study plan and sit for the exam. Most schools (if not all) now accept the GRE. In my opinion, your GMAT/GRE score will help you create a list of potential schools by comparing your score to the range of score at the schools.

Secondly, visit the targeted schools on your list and reach out to current and former students at those schools to understand the culture and their ability to help you achieve your goals and check for fit.

Lastly, begin to build your team of recommenders, motivators and essay reviewers. Do not wait until the last minute to write your essays. Good essays take time and multiple reviews to develop. Make it count!

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? I chose Carnegie Mellon for its academic rigor, potential to help me achieve both my short-term and long-term goals, and for its culture. None of the schools that I visited had the friendly and welcoming culture that is at the core of the Tepper School of Business. The faculty, staff and students truly believe that people learn better in a friendly, collaborative and receptive environment.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? My dream job at this point is one that allows me bring my vast business and academic experience to bear in shaping the strategy, achievements and long-term goals of the organization. Also, I want to work for an organization that has diversity at its core and understands that the diversity of experience drives both individual and company success.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I would like them to say I made an impact in areas that mattered – that I partnered with them in further improving how our great school, students and alumni are seen across the globe.