When I applied to business school, last year’s essay topic asked, “Why Duke?” My response was, “Why Duke!” But first, let me backtrack a little bit and tell you about my path to business school. I attended Brandeis University as an undergrad, where I majored in economics and minored in international business. I always figured that business school would be a logical step at some point in my future, but the question was when. After I graduated from Brandeis, I worked in fund accounting in both Boston and New York before I transitioned to an auditor role at KPMG. This was a very uncommon role to have without an accounting degree, and ultimately gave me two options: to go back to school for an accounting degree or to go back to school for my MBA and change careers entirely. After four years, a financial crisis, and lots of contemplation, I chose the latter, and today I am at Duke.

Group of Diana's teammates

My teammates with a statue of J.B. Fuqua, the father of the school!

So now for the second part of my story, Why Duke! … First and foremost, Duke is a great business school and certain facets about their program really appealed to me. In college, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and that experience helped shape my personal and professional development. Therefore, I wanted to attend a business school with a global business emphasis. Now, almost one third of my classmates are from abroad, my Intergrated Leadership Experience (ILE/first-year study team) teammates include students from Argentina and India, and I will participate in the Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) Southeast Asia trip in the spring. Additionally, Duke will give me an opportunity to study abroad next year, and potentially intern abroad this summer.

A second reason for Why Duke! was because Fuqua structures their classes in six-week increments, which ultimately gives you the chance to take more elective courses over your two years at school. Lastly, and perhaps the least important, I have always lived in the Northeast (grew up in NJ and went to Brandeis) and I really wanted to live someplace different. Durham is a very nice change of pace from New York City and the city is currently undergoing a huge transformation. For all of you foodies, check out this article from The New York Times.

And lastly, now that I am at Duke, let me tell you about what I am involved with on campus. I am a proud member of Section 3!!! I am on the Admissions Cabinet for the Association of Women in Business and am involved with the General Management Club. I look forward to blogging about my adventures here at Fuqua!