Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Corinne Hibbett, Washington University (Olin)

Corinne Hibbett

Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

“I am a global explorer building a life where all my passions can flourish.”

Hometown: Lake Tahoe, California

Fun Fact About Yourself: I love learning new languages in my free time.

Undergraduate School and Major: Washington University in St. Louis; International and Area Studies: Global Cultural Studies

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: CSUB Project Rebound; Administrative Support Assistant

What has been your favorite part of St. Louis so far? What makes St. Louis such a great place to earn an MBA? St. Louis is a very international city. I have enjoyed exploring the food scene and trying different cuisines from around the world.

It is a great place to build your professional network. I have met people from many professions, cultures, and backgrounds and enjoyed learning about their successes and passions over a cup of coffee.

You completed your global immersion earlier this year. What was the best part of the immersion experience for you? What was the biggest takeaway you gained? I loved spending time in Barcelona and falling into a routine in that city. My biggest takeaway was just how important adaptation is for international business. One of my professors said, “You can’t copy and paste.” Every location is different, and to successfully expand your business, you must be able to recognize those differences and figure out how to adapt your business to best fit in that location.

Aside from your immersion and classmates, what was the key part of Washington Olin’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? The focus on entrepreneurship really interested me. My motivation for attending business school was to learn the skills necessary for starting my own business. WashU Olin Business School’s entrepreneurship program offered the unique opportunity to start my business while at school and get hands-on instruction through the entire process.

What course, club or activity have you enjoyed the most so far at Washington Olin? I really enjoyed the 8th Annual Olin Sports Business Summit. It was fascinating to see all the different career paths for individuals interested in sports and an excellent opportunity to expand my network.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: As a pandemic graduate, I haven’t had the opportunity to make any big strides in my career, but if furthering one’s education is considered a career accomplishment, then returning to get my MBA is the biggest accomplishment so far.

Describe your biggest achievement in the MBA program so far: Completing the first steps to starting my business.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched or listened to that you would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? Frequent consumption of your newspaper of choice. Staying up-to-date on current events is incredibly important as a business professional, and building this habit early will help prospective MBAs in the long run.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into WashU Olin’s MBA program? Work on your strengths. We often forget to work on our strengths when trying to better ourselves. If you are good at something, work on becoming better at that skill.


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