When I started my MBA, I heard over and over again, “You’re going to blink, and it’ll be over”. Of course, I was skeptical at the time, but it turns out that every single person who said that to me was right.
As I reflect on my time at Wisconsin, it is difficult to put my emotions into words and it’s truly hard to believe that my MBA experience is coming to an end. My time at Wisconsin and as a student in the A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Analytics and Insights exceeded my expectations beyond expression. Before starting the program, I thought it would be scary, intimidating, and incredibly competitive. To my surprise, however, it has been quite the opposite. It has been rewarding, collaborative, and one of the best experiences of my life.
As I sit here, near graduation, I want to reflect on some of the most pivotal moments during my time in the program, as well as some of my favorite memories. First and foremost, I have seen substantial growth in my business and marketing acumen since starting the MBA program. It has been fun to watch my knowledge base advance through the core classes, specialization courses, case competitions, and collaborations with companies to help solve real business problems. I am confident that the education I have received in the MBA program has provided me with the foundational knowledge to think like a leader in the industry.
Secondly, the exposure that students receive to leading companies in the industry has been one of the most impactful parts of my MBA journey. We have had the opportunity to go on multiple company visits, to Minneapolis, Chicago, and Seattle, as well as meet with leaders of these companies on campus. These experiences allowed us to tie our coursework to challenges that businesses are facing today. Furthermore, the Wisconsin School of Business utilizes these company connections to help us land internships and full-time opportunities with some of the top companies in the country. I was fortunate enough to intern at General Mills last summer, which translated into a full-time position starting this upcoming July. I am incredibly excited to start building my insights career at such a well-respected company, and I know the same can be said for many of my classmates!
In addition to the topnotch coursework and networking opportunities, my MBA experience was rounded out by numerous social activities that helped me foster and build relationships with classmates and staff. Some of my favorite memories include volunteering at a food pantry during MBAs with a heart, jumping into a freezing lake for Polar Plunge, sipping beers and eating cheese curds on the Terrace, and of course, weekly TAPS.
Intertwined in all of these experiences were the people. To my fellow MBA classmates, professors, staff members, board members, and alumni…thank you. I feel blessed to have been surrounded by incredibly supportive and intelligent individuals that enhanced my MBA experience to the utmost degree. I am proud to be part of the Nielsen class of 2020 and stand (virtually) beside this exceptional group of people as we graduate together. Thank you for all of the lessons that you have taught me, both in and out of the classroom, and I’m confident that we will continue to learn from one another in the future. In short, these last two years have completely redirected my life and have prepared me for my career in ways that I couldn’t have even imagined. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and memories that I created at this school. On, Wisconsin!