“Tuck is a perfect playground for experimentation and discovery.”
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.
Vassar College, BA, Economics and Psychology
Transfer Pricing Consultant, EY Amsterdam
Founder of Dance Club; Co-Chair of International Club, Wine Club and Film Society; Co-Lead for Dartmouth Students 4 Ukraine; Teaching Assistant for Financial Accounting, Corporate Communication, Global Economics for Managers, Marketing and Managing Organizations; Tuck Startup Incubator
Starting my own company was never a plan when I came to Tuck, but the Center for Entrepreneurship has created an ecosystem to bring ideas to action. I took Entrepreneurial Thinking and followed up with an entrepreneurial First Year-Project and Tuck Startup Incubator in the second year. I always wanted to help my grandfather, a farmer in the country of Georgia, but I never knew how. Future Farmers is a two-sided marketplace connecting farmers with the retailers bypassing the squeeze from the middlemen in developing countries. We interviewed 50 customers, developed the first MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and raised funds.
Marketing Summer Associate, Genentech
Customer Analytics with Scott Neslin; Negotiations with David Sally
Meeting the CEO of Pernod Ricard, Ann Mukherjee, an inspiring, genuine, and compassionate leader; Brainstorming with IDEO for Project Night Sky about the ways to encourage reflection and self-discovery for Tuck students; Learning about how to apply design-thinking principles to life from Jess Kessin, a speaker during my Entrepreneurial Thinking course
Commercial Rotational Development Program, Genentech
I came to Tuck to pivot from consulting into tech/health care—little did I know that my Tuck experience would be so much more multi-faceted and diverse than just a simple career switch. Tuck is a perfect playground for experimentation and discovery. Tuck gives you all the necessary tools and resources to reflect and discover your passion. Through the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Personal Leadership Program, I discovered that I thrive in entrepreneurial and community-based environments. This discovery gave me the courage to not only start my own venture, but to create a space for students to share their cultural backgrounds through movies via the Tuck International Film Festival and even help raise funds for a greater cause. Tuck allowed me to take risks, be vulnerable, form meaningful bonds, and grow as a servant leader.