“Tuck has given me the confidence to take a problem, think about it in a structured and creative way, and solve it.”
Tuck’s biggest draw was that it was a residential community where the center of student life is on campus. As I was thinking of taking two years out of work—and out of life, in a sense—being with other people who felt as strongly about the place as I did was important to me. No other school has a community that comes close to Tuck’s.
What I like about Tuck is that it’s a very coherent experience, both in and out of the classroom: you build a solid foundation in the core that allows you to springboard into electives, which teach not only content but also invaluable leadership and communication skills. It’s really about how you take what you’ve learned at Tuck and translate that into action and inspiring other people. There’s a natural step from the curriculum to the extracurricular and social components of Tuck, the way that you have so much fun skiing or traveling with the same people who are great contributors in class, who will one day help you get a job. The entire experience and Tuck community tie together very nicely.
Last term, I was fortunate enough to have a Small Group Lunch with the chief marketing officer of American Express during his visit to campus. During our lively, interactive discussion, he touched on something that I was learning in every single class that term and everything suddenly clicked. I saw how, for an industry leader at the top of an important field, all the individual pieces we learn in class tie together in just one role. Even a functional leader like the chief marketing officer still needs a general management perspective and draws on a lot of the different areas we’re working on at Tuck.
Tuck has given me the confidence to take a problem, think about it in both a structured and creative way, and bring a whole general management toolkit to solving it. Tuck has also given me a community I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. Whether it’s via conversations, emails, or professional and personal contacts, I’m going to stay tied to Tuck and to all the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to get to know.
Yale University, BA
Campbell Alliance Group (pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting), senior research manager and editor; The Advisory Board Company (health care research and strategy), business manager and research associate
Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems; Leadership Out Of the Box; Nowcasting the Global Economy
Admitted Students Weekend, communications co-chair; teaching assistant; Admissions associate; Tuck Jewish Club, co-chair; Tuck Winter Carnival, photo co-chair; Tripod hockey, captain; Tuck Band
First-Year Project with New Hampshire-based frozen pizza company; Tuck Student Consulting Services project connecting small local farmers with institutional buyers; Revers Board Fellows Program
Tuck Global Consultancy, working with leading a confectionary firm in Turkey
Axia Ltd., Boston, Mass., summer consultant
American Express chief marketing officer John Hayes; Ken Kaitin, director of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
Bain & Company, New York, N.Y., consultant
Tuck helped me understand how many pieces need to be aligned to make change happen across stakeholders and traditional business disciplines, and to identify and understand those pieces.