“I wanted to spend two years surrounded by 500 people from very different backgrounds to learn from them and become a better version of myself.”
On a professional level, I wanted to pursue an MBA to explore new career paths and pivot industries. I was not sure exactly what I wanted to do, but having worked in only one industry and company for so long (10 years), I knew I needed an MBA to make the switch. I was also looking for a big challenge: something that pushed me mentally (and physically!), forcing me to step outside my comfort zone. Additionally, my wife Sol is a fashion designer, and it has always been our dream to live in New York, so I wanted to explore career paths there.
On a personal level, I believe diversity unlocks innovation, compassion, and empathy, and I wanted to spend two years surrounded by 500 people from very different backgrounds to become a better version of myself, and a better leader.
Within one hour of arriving to campus for the first time, I knew Tuck was the right place for me. From a career standpoint, most top programs open very similar doors, so my decision was based entirely on people and how I felt during my interactions with the Tuck community. I have a “people first” mentality and I base most of my decisions around that motto, and Tuck was no different. And on top of that, the school is situated in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!
The people are what make the Tuck community distinct from other business schools. It is a collaborative, intimate environment with a real sense of community, and everybody is willing to help anyone at any time. At the risk of sounding repetitive, in challenging times the support from a community like Tuck made a huge difference.
This is a magic place. We were fortunate enough to enjoy all four seasons in Hanover and each season has something unique to offer. From hikes, soccer, and lake swimming in spring and summer, to the beautiful fall foliage during fall, to the amazing experience of being able to ski every day. My wife learned how to ski the first year and spent over 30 days on the slopes during our second winter. We have the most beautiful memories from our Hanover winters.
In addition to what you will hear from other Tuckies, I offer two very simple but powerful pieces of advice. First, “Gut feeling” weights a lot; do not ignore it. Second, people first, then the rest.
Olavarria, Bs. As., Argentina
Industrial Engineering, UNICEN (Olavarria, Bs. As.)
Manufacturing, technical sales, and business development in the energy sector (oil and gas), Buenos Aires (ARG); Houston, TX (USA)
Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) co-chair; John Barleycorn Society Club co-chair; Tuck Winter Carnival co-chair; Finance, LAIBC, tripod hockey, and ski club member; LatAm Admissions Ambassador; Toigo Foundation Tuck School captain; Tuck Mentors; Personal Leadership Program fellow.
First-Year Project helping a Tuck-founded startup launch their plant-based pulled pork product in the South East Asian market; Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition independent study, working with a health care company and a UK operator in the education industry; The MBA Fights COVID-19 Initiative, supporting startups in emerging markets by reviewing their pitch decks and financial models before meeting investors.
Investment Banking Summer Associate (TMT), Bank of America
Managing Stakeholders Issues in Private Equity with David Marchick; Strategy in Emerging Markets with Ramon Lecuona; Communicating with Presence with James Rice
Attending TuckTalks and forming deeper connections with my classmates who shared their stories with us; Engaging in deep discussions with my fellow Tuckies and educating myself around matters that drastically affected all of us during our time at Tuck, such as the COVID-19 global pandemic, racism, police brutality, and leadership challenges.
Investment Banking Associate (TMT), Bank of America, NYC
I came to Tuck not only to explore different industries and career options, but also to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds and learn from them. I came to be challenged and exposed, and to get to know myself better. During our time at Tuck, there were many challenges that affected millions of people around the world (COVID-19, police brutality, racism, among others). Being in this place during these times made me realize how privileged I am and helped me realize what our true responsibility is after we leave this place: To make people’s lives better through business and leadership. Our true responsibility lies around our people and communities, regardless of what institution we are part of.