My Smith Experience
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University of Maryland, College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business
MBA Graduation Year: 2021
I chose to get an MBA in order to progress my career in management and pivot from a technical role as a food scientist to one centered around traditional marketing and product management. I felt that Smith's emphasis on data-driven decision-making was the spark my career needed in order to build the requisite skill set needed to thrive in this career path. Smith’s curriculum is centered around collaboration and teamwork. While there are assignments and assessments that are completed on an individual basis, Smith prides itself on developing a student’s ability to work well with others. Smith's vast alumni network and strategic location made it a great choice for ensuring quality exposure to companies for internships and jobs after graduation.
My favorite course was Management with Professor David Godes. Dr. Godes is a master of his craft and is one of the most patient educators I have ever met. He explains brand management through the lens of the practitioner. In one assignment, we utilized IRI data to drive key insights as a brand manager for a large consumer products company. I learned that there is not always one right answer to a problem. Sometimes, the best solution is one that can be justified through key analytical insights and engaging storytelling.
Building lifelong friendships with my cohort had the most profound impact on my experience as a Smith MBA student. I learned that success is not a solo endeavor. It requires empathy, hard work, drive, and, most importantly, teamwork. My classmates brought years of life and professional experience to class discussions and projects. They lent a helping hand and provided support throughout my two years in College Park.