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Hometown: Brasher Falls, NYUndergraduate School Major: St. Lawrence University, SociologyAcademic Focus: Marketing
Following undergrad, I was a live-in nanny for two years in the Albany, NY, region, which was incredibly rewarding (and bonus: I learned how to meal plan/cook). I then spent the majority of my career at CIC (fka Cambridge Innovation Center), a flexible workspace for entrepreneurs and startups, in Cambridge and Boston, MA. I hopped back and forth as an event coordinator and then landed in Cambridge as a relationship manager on the sales team. Most recently, I spent a year in Florida working for GL Homes.
I chose Simon because of the warm, friendly environment. During my first visit, I saw how alumni were welcomed back with open arms, and I was surprised to be known by name. I hadn’t considered small class sizes a must-have at that point, but I realized I wanted to be on a first-name basis with professors and staff, friendly with my classmates, and known by the career center. Business school is hard enough without feeling lost in the crowd!
I know the name of every person in my class, and I am slowly getting to know the second years—I realize that isn’t something I would be lucky enough to do in a class of 600+ people. On top of that, my classmates are incredibly supportive—from life to classes to job searching, everyone is open and encouraging.
There are so many quirky coffee shops to spend time in; if you study at Boulder on Wednesday nights, you can catch Open Mic Night, and if you spend an afternoon at Village Bakery, you can transition to the rooftop deck at Trata. It’s also really nice to be within driving distance to family again.
Simon Women in Business, Simon Marketing Association, Simon Data Analytics, Simon Real Estate Club, UNCorked
Hometown: Columbia, SCUndergraduate School Major: Howard University, Business AdministrationAcademic Focus: Strategy and Marketing
Marketing Research, Nielsen
I got a chance to visit multiple schools while considering where I wanted to pursue my MBA. Simon was the only place where I felt at home, where people went out of their way to support me. Simon believed in my potential and has been a partner throughout the way to help me realize these goals.
Getting to know my classmates.
National Black Associate, Simon Marketing Association, Simon Data Analytics, Simon Volunteers, Simon Says.
Hometown: Pottstown, PAUndergraduate School Major: University of Virginia, English Language and LiteratureAcademic Focus: Marketing (Brand Management) and Entrepreneurship
I spent a decade working in the non-profit sector at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Upon leaving, I was the director of financial aid and associate director of admission. In addition, I was the head houseparent of a 10th grade girls’ dormitory, and I coached squash and lacrosse. It was much more than a career—it was a lifestyle.
The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship was a major factor in choosing Simon. I wanted a school that would foster an entrepreneurial mindset, while providing the analytical and quantitative skills to be a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship at Simon has exceeded my expectations. Since I’ve arrived, I have had the opportunity to seek counsel from several faculty members in the Ain Center, and I have joined the Ain Team to promote entrepreneurship throughout the entire University of Rochester community. In addition, I’ve connected with Simon business owners from across the country to discuss their paths and share ideas about my own.
Rochester has a little bit of everything and something for everyone: a vibrant arts scene, museums, running and bike trails, restaurants of every cuisine, breweries and vineyards, hiking trails, an incredible (and famous!) farmers’ market, and the list goes on. You won’t have too much free time at Simon, but when you find it, you certainly will be able to fill it!
Graduate Business Council, Women in Business, Marketing Association, Entrepreneurship Club, Foodies Unite
Hometown: Pretoria, South AfricaUndergraduate School Major: University of Pretoria, Bachelor’s in Accounting, Master’s in FinanceAcademic Focus: Finance and Analytics
Investment analyst in the asset management industry.
I see Simon’s MBA as the nexus between deep theoretical knowledge and crucial soft skills, such as leadership skills and communication skills. Simon’s STEM designation is testament to the analytical lens that they use to teach all facets of business education. This makes it the ideal program to cultivate my analytical aptitude and refine my existing skillset. Technology is the primary driving force behind global growth and has created a massive demand for leaders who can manage people in this industry. Simon’s smaller class sizes, rich diversity, and strong culture of inclusivity fosters the development of the soft skills required to be a leader in a digitally-driven world.
I love how welcoming and supportive the Simon community is. Everyone cares for each other and pride themselves on selflessly ensuring that everyone succeeds.
Rochester provides the best of small town and big city living. There is a lot to do, indoors and outdoors. However, it has a more relaxed pace and a low cost of living.
Simon Finance & Investment Club, Simon School Venture Fund, Simon Volunteers
Hometown: Atlanta, GA (lived in Brooklyn, NY, for five years prior to Simon)Undergraduate School Major: Valdosta State University, Office Administration and TechnologyAcademic Focus: Strategy and Marketing
Retail/E-commerce General Management.
Hands down the people! I came for the Diversity Conference and met some amazing people who made me feel like I could find likeminded people in the Simon Community. From Admissions to staff to students, I felt a warm welcome and feeling of belonging. I found that the things that I felt were different about me, Simon would find valuable.
The diversity of the class and how much work Simon puts in to ensure students feel represented and celebrated.
The food scene here in Rochester is pretty robust; you can find most cuisines, and as a foodie, I appreciate that. Also, the farmers market downtown is AMAZING.
Consulting Club, Simon Marketing Association, Simon Women in Business (SWiB), and Simon National Black. I am also a first-year Consortium Liaison.
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