“As an individual who has primarily worked in strategy organizations, I had an intense desire to learn business from a five-foot level.”
I decided to pursue an MBA to bridge a knowledge gap when it came to operations and execution. As an individual who has primarily worked in strategy organizations, I had an intense desire to learn business from a five-foot level. An MBA seemed like the obvious next step that would help me gain the theoretical knowledge I needed in my career moving forward.
Tuck’s program aligned the best in terms of what I was seeking out of an MBA, specifically from an administration and faculty support, global learning, and tight-knit community perspective. I wanted to be in a location that was not a major city, so I could fully immerse myself in the MBA experience, and when it came to making the decision about where to spend two years, Tuck seemed like the obvious choice.
My eight-week eFYP was by far a highlight of my Tuck experience. I gained an inner self-confidence in my ability to lead and communicate. In addition, I got the opportunity to closely work with four rockstars in my class while learning about the wildfire industry.
Tuck professors are truly committed to supporting the educational journeys of students. During first-year core, a couple of us would spend hours in Professor Praveen Kopalle’s office understanding analytics, while he supported us by answering questions. The dedication to teaching exhibited by Professor Kopalle speaks to Tuck’s learning environment.
Tuck’s alumni network makes us stand apart from other business schools. During recruiting season, I encountered a Tuck alumnus in the technology sector who went above and beyond to connect me with prominent startups in the Bay Area. His openness to helping a person he had never met was a true representation of the Tuck community.
Tuck’s remote location has helped me step out of my comfort zone. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I never saw myself as an individual who would try winter sports. However, living in the Upper Valley motivated me to put on 25 pounds of hockey gear because it was quintessential to the Tuck experience!
In order to succeed at Tuck, it is important to have a vision in terms of what you want to gain out of your two years. There are an immense number of opportunities at Tuck, and it is very easy to get pulled in different directions. However, if you have a goal and vision in mind from the beginning, then you will focus your time on the right opportunities.
Design & Innovation
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, BS, Systems Engineering
Strategy at Thales xPlor, an innovation lab within a French tech conglomerate & Technology Strategy at Accenture
Tech Club, co-chair; Design & Innovation Club, co-chair; Future of Automotive Mobility Club, founder & co-chair; Wine Club, marketing lead; Women in Business Conference, co-chair; Tuck Admissions, associate
Led team of four classmates to conduct customer research and identify pain points within the wildfire industry. With mentorship from Daniella Reichstetter T’07 and Nick Russell, I assisted the team in developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for private jet companies to combat wildfires.
Strategy & Innovation at Honeywell
Negotiations Accelerated with Professor Dan Feiler; Marketing Research with Professor Kusum Ailawadi
Learning how to ski; having fries and wine with Professor Praveen Kopalle at Norwich Inn; winning section wars alongside Section 4; and having dinner with Mr. Stuart Weitzman, designer & founder of Stuart Weitzman
Bain, design & innovation team (ADAPT)
One sentence that sums up my Tuck Transformation: a two-year journey of self-improvement that will forever underpin my leadership and communication approach. Like many of my classmates, I came to Tuck with deep-seeded imposter syndrome. Through experiential learning opportunities such as an eFYP and mentorship from Professors Alva Taylor, Praveen Kopalle, and Daniella Reichstetter T’07, I gained confidence in my abilities as a leader while forging life-long connections with my peers. The Tuck Transformation is real as long as you are willing to reflect and embrace your true self, commit to a journey of growth, and leverage the myriad opportunities provided by the school. A specific opportunity I leveraged over my two years was the Personal Leadership Program that enabled me to explore my weaknesses in a one-on-one setting with a Tuck leader. The combination of all the opportunities mentioned above has made me a stronger leader and communicator that is ready to continue to adapt and evolve.