Spring is a special time here at Tuck, when we welcome admitted students to Hanover to discover for themselves what makes the Tuck MBA experience so distinct. We asked a current student and a Tuck partner to share more on choosing an MBA program and why Tuck was the right fit for them.
Greg T’24: I’m originally from Australia, having moved to the U.S. in 2019 to pursue opportunities abroad and be with my partner Melissa. I have six years’ experience as a technology consultant, specializing in project and deployment management, as well as business development at Deloitte, where I started immediately after my graduation from UNSW. Now at Tuck, I’m looking for a summer internship in tech, whilst also serving as the co-chair of the Jewish Students Association and as an Associate at the Centre for Digital Strategies. Outside of that, I love cooking, snowboarding, and travel (I’ve been to 65 countries).
Melissa TP’24: I grew up just outside of Washington, DC, but made a home in Boston after moving up for my undergrad, which included a study-abroad semester in Australia (where I met Greg). After a couple of years working, I finished my nursing degree and now work at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in their Nurse Residency Program, which allows me to keep learning while I work, and be in Hanover with Greg and our cat Beau. I love baking and crafting, and run a small candle business from our kitchen.
Greg T’24: With almost seven years of professional experience under my belt, I was coming to a number of crossroads all-at-once. From a career standpoint, I felt like my career path needed some invigoration that could only come with the skills and opportunities that come with an MBA. As a newer people manager with a growing number of direct reports, I wanted to learn how to manage teams and businesses the best way I could. And as I looked towards my goals longer term, I recognized major gaps in my knowledge that an MBA would allow me to learn and accelerate my ambitions.
“Having a partner that would also be welcomed into the community was also a major consideration for me, and I am continually impressed and amazed at the way that TPs are so welcomed and engaged with the Tuck experience.”
—Greg Jacobson T’24
Greg T’24: For me, it was the community. When I started telling people I had been admitted to Tuck, I had seven alumni at my old company (whom I had never met before) immediately put time on my calendar to congratulate me and share their experiences. Tuckies reach out, they take the call, and they help. When arriving on campus, I was astounded at how generous everyone was with their time and spirit, which was exactly the community I was looking for. From an academic standpoint, Tuck’s fairly rigorous core curriculum was exactly what I needed to bring me back up to speed after seven years since undergrad and has a number of fascinating courses in a small cohort that I’m excited about. Having a partner that would also be welcomed into the community was also a major consideration for me, and I am continually impressed and amazed at the way that TPs are so welcomed and engaged with the Tuck experience.
Melissa TP’24: As early as ASW, I felt welcomed into the Tuck community, where I could have my own life within Tuck and not just be a plus-one. I have been fortunate to cultivate a group of friends (both Tuckies and TPs) from around the world that have become a wonderful support system in the Upper Valley. I also love that I’m able to participate in all the events and initiatives (even without Greg) so I can share in the fun of the community.
Greg T’24: I had already signed my offer and paid my deposit before coming to ASW, so I was admittedly apprehensive about whether I had made the right decision. From the moment I walked in, I knew I had from the incredibly warm greetings from the T’23s and faculty. We were instantly welcomed into the community in a way that I had not experienced before—I met incredibly impressive, intelligent people who were kind, friendly and engaging. There was an undeniable energy in the air. I am still friends with people I met at ASW and it provided a wonderful preview into my time at Tuck to eliminate any potential jitters when starting out.
“I had every plan of staying in Boston and coming up on weekends, but seeing the community, the scenery, and the life I could lead up here with my Tuckie changed my mind.”
—Melissa Rothenberg TP’24
Melissa TP’24: ASW is where I decided to move to Hanover. I had every plan of staying in Boston and coming up on weekends, but seeing the community, the scenery, and the life I could lead up here with my Tuckie changed my mind. Seeing how Tuck and the community takes the TP experience so seriously was clear from the programming we had during the weekend that was separate to the students. All in all, the weekend was great fun and I was excited to see some familiar faces when we got back to Hanover when moving in.