New York University, Stern School of Business
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: An inquisitive Midwesterner with unwavering optimism, frequently found running or reading a book
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Fun Fact About Yourself: I studied jazz and modern dance during my undergraduate studies.
Undergraduate School and Major: Loyola University Chicago, B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
- Google – Data Quality Analyst
- Weber Shandwick – Senior Digital Analyst
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I had the opportunity to hire, manage and train all of the analytics interns over the course of three years at one company. I learned a lot about managing people and tailoring professional development to the varying career goals and learning styles of different individuals. There was something so rewarding about seeing them have those “aha!” moments and grow in their careers, wherever that may have led them. To this day, I enjoy catching up with them and learning about all of the great things they are doing.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Give yourself time and map everything out. It became very easy for me to see the MBA application process as linear and to get caught up in just one component of it at a time, such as studying for the GMAT or writing essays. The moment you begin considering an MBA, dive into what your target schools look for in their candidates. This will help you identify what areas of your application need improvement and will give you plenty of time to adjust. Perhaps you don’t have the strongest relationships with your recommendation letter providers. Maybe you haven’t done much volunteer work or extracurricular activities. The MBA application cycle comes and goes quickly, so the more you plan ahead, the stronger your application will be.
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? The people. Among the top MBA programs, there are a lot of similarities in areas such as course offerings, span of alumni networks, and academic prestige. The most apparent area of differentiation is the school culture. When I visited NYU Stern and met other incoming students and current students, I made an immediate and genuine connection with the people there. I highly recommend taking any opportunity your target schools give to talk with current students. It’ll give you a strong sense of who your classmates will be. Plus the proactive outreach looks great on your application.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? After my first year of business school, I would view success as having challenged myself to take coursework that is outside of my comfort zone. Equally important is landing an internship at a company that emphasizes my career growth and learning opportunities just as much as my professors will in the classroom. To me, that is success.