Elena Nikvashvili T'22

“Tuck is a perfect playground for experimentation and discovery.”

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Before Tuck, I was not growing in my role, and I wanted to pursue a career path that was fulfilling and better aligned with my values. An MBA was a perfect opportunity to self-reflect, test my leadership capabilities, and identify a new career path.

Tuck’s combination of core and elective classes provide the perfect opportunity to build strong business skills while also exploring a breadth of diverse coursework and topics. Co-curricular activities are a wonderful way to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world problems. Tuck’s small class size is ideal for engaging discussions. “Cold calling,” though uncomfortable for some students, is a widespread practice that co-creates rich dialogue by allowing everyone to participate. I experienced this firsthand during my Structure, Economics and Organization of Healthcare course with Professor Paul Gardent. With only 10 students, this class provided an opportunity to dive deep and discuss the pros and cons of the U.S. health-care system. Knowledge acquired in this class will set me up for success while I pursue a career in biotech.

My advice: Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. My Tuck Startup Incubator advisor, Eileen O’Toole, once told me a story: successful rowers do not look at the other boats; they look ahead to the finish line. Focus on your journey and what you want to get out of your Tuck experience. You will feel the pressure to do what others are doing and will be pulled in many directions. Take time to reflect and stay focused on your goals and aspirations.

I will miss the flexibility to explore my interests in a collaborative and supportive environment. I will miss connecting with peers through outdoor/physical activities like hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, and playing ice hockey. Lastly, I will miss the diversity of activities, learning opportunities, and social interactions I have every day—at Tuck, no other day is like the previous one.

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