Meet Yale SOM’s MBA Class Of 2019

Ha-andza Young

Yale School of Management 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Persistent, confident, disciplined and adaptable to life’s offerings.

Fun fact about myself: I am writing this from my second honeymoon (same marriage) in the Seychelles

Hometown: Giyani, South Africa

Undergraduate School and Major: Texas Tech University, BS Petroleum Engineering

Graduate School and Major: Stanford University, MS Petroleum Engineering

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation

Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA)

  • Graduate-in-Training
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Reserves Manager

Aera Energy LLC

  • Production Engineer

Looking back on your experience, what’s the one piece of advice you would give to future business school applicants? Allow yourself to be a beginner. When in doubt, ask.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your fulltime MBA and why was it so important to you? The discussions around my aspirations with my interviewer were constructive, and given that I am switching from engineering to finance, I wanted a school that fosters an environment that would allow me to learn in a very collaborative atmosphere.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? I am a work in progress and I am looking forward to learning more about myself. If I can learn something new about myself, or discover more effective ways of addressing different situations, that would be a successful year.

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