Meet NYU Stern’s MBA Class Of 2019

Margaret (Molly) Rowe 

New York University, Stern School of Business  

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Tech savvy entrepreneur and eBay fashionista with a desire to become an e-commerce business founder.

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, CO

Fun Fact About Yourself:  I’ve been fascinated by technology for as long as I can remember and, as a child, dressed as a computer for Halloween one year, complete with a keyboard, a mouse, and even a bug.

Undergraduate School and Major: The George Washington University, BBA in Information Systems and Technology Management

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Stylitics, Operations Intern

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment thus far in my career will be attending NYU Stern. Having come directly from undergrad through The NYU Stern William R. Berkley Scholarship Program, I don’t fit the typical pre-business school mold, but know that being a part of this community will facilitate my growth as a leader and hone the skills I need in order to be successful leading an entrepreneurial venture.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  For the interview, my best advice would be to own your own story and embrace your experience. When I first started applying to business schools, I had this idea of what a traditional business school applicant looked like and worried that because my story and my experiences didn’t fit this mold, I wouldn’t find my place. What I’ve learned is very few have what is considered a “traditional” application, and that the best thing I could do was embrace my life experiences. I also believe that while it’s important listen to everyone’s advice, at the end of the day, it’s your journey and your decision.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? NYU Stern has a collaborative and innovative culture that is perfect for a budding entrepreneur. It is located in the heart of a booming city with access to a great variety of short- and long-term internships which facilitates real world experience while in class. This sets Stern apart from other programs.

Unlike some programs that have a more rigid core, Stern offers the ability to take courses in multiple specializations and has a flexible core curriculum. Stern will allow me to customize my curriculum around all of my different areas of interest and create an education that is tailored specifically to my needs.

Stern also offers a unique scholarship program, the William R. Berkley Scholarship, specifically for students coming directly out of undergrad who would find value in doing an MBA immediately instead of waiting until they’re further in their career. Stern’s rigorous, but flexible curriculum and value placed on developing future leaders in a city with unparalleled access to the business community drove my decision to call NYU Stern home.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success would mean having seamlessly integrated into the Stern community and having developed a professional and personal network of diverse, talented and interesting individuals who I hope will continue to be an important part of my life after I’ve graduated Stern.

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