Category Archives: Young Alumni

Earning an MBA as a New Mom

In May I finished my MBA at Fuqua. I cannot believe how fast time flew by. Two years ago, I arrived in the Durham area with a 2-month old baby. I remember being nervous about whether I was going to … Continue reading

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Saving Lions & Building Business Skills in Tanzania

In the middle of rural Tanzania, I stared at constellations through the mesh of a 10-by-8-foot tent I’d come to call “home.” I listened to hyenas whoop on the nearby hillside, and worried. Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, co-founder of the Tanzanian … Continue reading

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The Tables Turn — Student Becomes Teacher

People always tell me that I’m hopelessly addicted to education. It is true, in a way; I spend a lot of time reading, even when I’m under no obligation to do so. I picked my job because I was promised … Continue reading

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Personal Leadership Lessons

When I applied for MBA programs, almost three years ago, virtually every interview question, essay, and interest statement carried an overtone of leadership. Almost by definition, it’s an amorphous term, and I suppose that’s the point: for every person, for … Continue reading

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Commencement 2012: The World That Awaits

Ever since I graduated early and left Fuqua in December, I’ve been anticipating this moment — the official graduation ceremony. I’ve always appreciated the duality of graduation: it is both the end to something memorable, and the beginning of something … Continue reading

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What I Miss About B-School

It’s funny how quickly one can do a full 180 after graduating. I think about this a lot when I get home from work. My hours aren’t too bad now, and with daylight savings in full effect, I get home … Continue reading

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Gradual Graduation

University of Virginia lore indicates that founder and American president Thomas Jefferson didn’t initially confer degrees on graduates, thinking that doing so would imply that the educational process was complete; idealist that he was, he believed that education should be … Continue reading

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Madness Men

People kept asking me if I was conflicted. They told me that Duke would play Notre Dame in the second round if both schools were to win. I attended both schools, and I tried to assure them that this was … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the Other Side of the (Interview) Table

It’s funny, in a way, that business schools should seek such well-rounded students to fill their ranks. You come in as someone who’s excelled in academics, in work, and in any other avenue you’ve chosen, but at times, it feels … Continue reading

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Business School is Applicable in the Real World

Lessons From My First Month On The Job It’s been about a month since I started my new job, and a little longer since I left Durham, Fuqua, and the relatively carefree existence of a second-year MBA. The last few … Continue reading

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