Lena Rice T'23

“Tuck has inspired me to be deeply curious, to surround myself with smarter people than myself, and to not be afraid to ask questions.”

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I chose to pursue an MBA at Tuck because of its small and intimate community, strong alumni network, health care resources, and proximity to the outdoors. Although those reasons are not unique to me, they have definitely rung true throughout the past two years. I have become much more confident in my decision making and ability to lead others within Tuck’s trust-based community. It has enabled me to get out of my comfort zone and take more risks.

There are several highlights from my time at Tuck, but a few that stand out are:

  1. my First-Year Project with a women’s health startup, which I co-sourced and co-lead with my classmate. I was so proud of the work we did to raise awareness for women’s sexual and reproductive health conditions and create a user-friendly and supportive patient experience;
  2. being one of nine Directors of the Tuck Social Venture Fund. This has been one of my favorite extracurriculars at Tuck, not only due to the experiential learning involved in operating a fund and sourcing and evaluating potential social impact investments, but mostly due to this team of smart, engaging, and supportive classmates. I have learned so much from my TSVF co-Directors about how to lead and be part of a truly effective team;
  3. GIX to Vietnam: it was incredible to have the opportunity to travel across the globe and experience a culture very different from my own within a business context. Engaging with Vietnamese businesses to solve some of their top priority issues was a wonderful learning opportunity and provided insight into the social, political, and economic landscape that I wouldn’t have uncovered as deeply had I visited on my own.

Tuck’s location has certainly been a defining factor of my business school experience. Few schools can boast limitless access to outdoor activities and a student-run hockey league that encourages participation regardless of skill level. Having the opportunity to live in the Upper Valley for two years away from the distractions of a city is pretty unique. Tuckies spend time together on weekends, going skiing and hiking, playing hockey, tennis, squash, paddle, you name it—this, I would argue, forges bonds unrivaled by other MBA programs.

Reflecting on what I’ll miss most about Tuck, it is definitely the people. It is a privilege to be surrounded by approximately 300 intelligent, engaging, and supportive classmates on a given day. After working in isolation during the height of the pandemic, it was a welcome change to meet and learn from hundreds of people in person every day. Although I’ll miss the energy of Tuck’s small but mighty community, I feel immensely grateful for the lifelong friendships I’ve formed.

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