University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: The result of serendipity and perseverance.
Hometown: Growing up, I spent the majority of my time in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, but I have been living and working in Chicago, Illinois since I graduated from undergrad.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I used to compete in slalom water skiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. At the age of nine, I was sponsored and ranked second in the nation. I also did show skiing and was the top of a three-tier pyramid.
Undergraduate School and Major: Oakland University, United States, BS, Bioengineering with a specialization in molecular engineering biology
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Parasol Medical: Head of Life Sciences Division (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: During my first year working for Parasol Medical, my name was submitted on three patents that are currently pending. Two of the patents involve Parasol’s antimicrobial, MicrobeCare, which I quickly became the in-house expert of at the company. Additionally, I am published both as a co-author and as a technical contributor in two different peer-reviewed publications.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? I am a huge advocate for GMAT Club and I highly recommend that prospective candidates utilize it throughout the admissions process. I personally used it for every aspect of applying to business school – reading through GMAT questions and explanations, essay tips, interview advice, and school specific feedback from current students. I spent several hours on the website every day leading up to my admissions 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? Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab definitely caught my attention when I started researching prospective MBA programs. With my educational background in engineering and experience in the startup space, the CDL had my name written all over it. I was selected as one of the first fellows to the program, which affirmed my decision to study at Rotman.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? My biggest goals are building a strong network and landing an internship at a top consulting firm or investment bank.