Meet Washington Olin’s MBA Class Of 2020

Abraham Kola-Amodu

Washington University’s Olin Business School in St. Louis

A published author with a knack for business, travelling, photography and farming.”

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Fun Fact About Yourself: I compose poems in minutes, and dance to beats formed in my head.

Undergraduate School and Major: Bowen University, Nigeria – Agricultural Economics

Washington University in St. Louis – MBA Finance

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: KPMG – (Senior Audit Associate)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Publishing my book.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Diverse and well exposed. Everyone seems to have a very captivating story and know a lot about everything.

Aside from your classmates, 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? I want to build of my accounting background, and get fully launched into finance. Also, the MBA program is an extensive learning process that encompasses business as a whole. I need this to become a C-suite executive.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? Olin Blog and Public speaking

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? Delve into the finance world and career advancement.

How did you decide if an MBA was worth the investment? I applied to work with a top Fortune 500 firm that I’d worked with, in another country. When I asked how much my yearly income would be, it was half what an MBA student would get if both offered the job. At that point, I knew the MBA was the next logical step for me to take.

What other MBA programs did you apply to?

  1. Tepper School of Business
  2. SC Johnson College of Business
  3. Goizueta Business School
  4. Kelly School of Business

How did you determine your fit at various schools?

  1. School ranking
  2. City cost of living and reputation
  3. Warmth and accessibility of current students, alumni and Admin staff.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? Olin Business School made the mark for me. The students were forthcoming and the faculty and administrative members were quick to respond to emails and made me feel important. Finally, my spouse and I got into the program.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? Join the Leadership Rotation Program of a top firm to have a full grasp of the whole business.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself as a senior finance manager of a top multinational and having published my second book. I should have a startup running also.

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