Jennifer Del Rossi
W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Passionate learner, empathetic giver, patient teacher, people person, foodie connoisseur, animal rescuer, and a team player.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Fun Fact About Yourself: I caught a 128-pound halibut while fishing off the coast of Southeast Alaska!
Undergraduate School and Major:
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
- Master of Science, Environmental Biology
- Bachelor of Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Policy
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
Trinity Consultants, Inc. – Northeast Business Development Manager, Consultant
Environmental Resources Management – Associate Engineer
Emission Monitoring Services, Inc. – Area Compliance Manager
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Not only being accepted into multiple MBA programs of my choice, but receiving full scholarships to more than one program! It was both my biggest and humbling accomplishment.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? My biggest piece of advice is to craft your story. Your application should paint a picture of you: who you are, your passions, and your MBA goals. Realize that you do not need to have a perfect GMAT score or GPA to get into your dream school. I know many people who have gotten into great programs with scholarships and they did not score above a 700 on the GMAT or have a perfect GPA. I feel we often get so caught up in the details (admittedly I did!). While they are important for the application, a great story encompassing your strengths, weaknesses, humility, passions, hopes, dreams, and accomplishments can do so much more for the admissions committee. Lastly, get to know the admissions committee – make that personal connection. They will remember you, and advocate for you when it comes to making final decisions!
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? All of the MBA programs I was accepted into more or less offered the same thing academically, but W. P. Carey consistently made me feel welcome, important, and invaluable during every interaction I had with students, faculty, or the admissions committee. They truly believe in our motto, “Where business is personal.”
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? My main goal after business school is to pursue my passion – sustainability. I’d define success by having the opportunity to directly influence the supply chain of a food and beverage company and innovate sustainable business practices within that company.