Why an MBA: Our Stories

Fuqua students who interned at Genentech during the summer of 2015 - Why an MBA
My Fuqua classmates and I who interned at Genentech during the summer of 2015

Connie Chai

When I graduated from college, I never thought I would go back to school to pursue my MBA. I had double majored in biology and English, and when I started my job at Target Corporation, I found myself in a foreign world that required me to forecast inventory, analyze financials, and manage operations.

I was able to learn on the job during that position and each subsequent one. However, I felt that I was missing foundational knowledge of how businesses operated, what certain numbers on financial statements meant, and what leadership could be. I also wanted to make a switch into the biotechnology industry and knew that B-school would allow me to build the necessary business foundation while granting me the 2-year white space to explore leadership and a new career.

Now that I am 4 months away from graduating, I am grateful that I took the time to learn and develop during my MBA experience at Fuqua. I’m excited to be joining biotechnology firm Genentech after graduation as a Commercial Rotation Development Program associate!

Emmy Komada

Emmy - Why MBA Net Impact careers cabinet team
With my Net Impact careers cabinet team

Before Fuqua, I worked in nonprofit development. I loved fundraising—advocating for and cultivating mission-driven organizations—but after seven years, I found that while my values remained unchanged and fulfilled, my focus had shifted, and my goals had grown. It was a pivotal, exacting moment in my career—and pursuing an MBA helped me embrace it.

In thinking, “why an MBA,” I see that the degree has led me from managing single programs towards designing and implementing infrastructure that improves entire institutions. It’s a dynamic degree, one with value that will expand and evolve as I build my career. I saw this value as a summer strategy intern, and will leverage it after school as a human capital consultant, where I’ll again focus on people and organizations, and further articulate my role in building better conduits for positive social change.

Duke Fuqua MBA student blogger Emmy Komada shares some of the 25 Random things from her application essay

Emmy Komada

Daytime MBA, Class of 2016

Born in Tokyo, but raised largely in L.A., I completed my undergrad studies in Vermont. I have a background in nonprofit development and have been actively engaged in campus activities related to that, and several other areas of interest.

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Duke Fuqua MBA student blogger Connie Chai shares some of the 25 Random things from her application essay

Connie Chai

Daytime MBA, Class of 2016

I'm excited to return to Durham after completing my undergraduate studies at Duke. I look forward to combining classroom learning and experiential learning as I explore different career options in the healthcare industry. In the meantime I'll be involved with Admissions activities and cheering on the basketball team in Cameron!

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