Meet Yale SOM’s MBA Class Of 2019

Britt Milano 

 Yale School of Management 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Friendly, intelligent, outgoing, curious, kind, and very efficient, but loves a good Netflix binge.

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have never watched a horror film. I’ve tried twice, but couldn’t get through them.

Undergraduate School and Major: 

Colgate University ’13; Philosophy and Psychology

Yale Law School ‘19

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Teach for America 2013 Corps

Third Grade Teacher at Leadership Prep Ocean Hill

Associate Director of STEM Content Development at Uncommon Schools

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In my second year of teaching, my co-teacher and I led 100% of our students to proficient or advanced scores on the New York State Math Test. Our students worked incredibly hard all year to master the academic skills and knowledge necessary to pass the state test. Their excellent results helped to build a foundation of success that will sustain them on their path to high school, college, and beyond. There is no better feeling than knowing that I played a role in inspiring that hard work.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? When you are writing your application essay, choose a topic that is meaningful to you. I was told by multiple people that I shouldn’t write about TFA because it was overused and cliché. The reality is, however, that my years in TFA at Uncommon Schools were some of the most formative of my life. I tried writing about several other topics, but the resulting essays all felt disingenuous. Ultimately, I chose to submit my law school and business school application essays about TFA, and I think that I was successful in the process because I was sincere.

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? Yale SOM was an easy choice for me, as I was already pursuing my JD at Yale Law School. Still, I feel especially lucky to be at SOM because I think that it is an exceptionally unique and vibrant business school. I feel particularly connected to SOM’s culture of social responsibility and its mission to educate leaders for business and society.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? I will feel successful after my first year of business school if I have a better grounding in the perspectives and considerations of businesses and managers. I’m also really excited to learn how to do more with Excel than =sum(A1:A4).

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