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Maria LabandeiraMaria Labandeira

Daytime MBA | Class of 2017

 

Living in Latin America

I was 11 when my family moved from Argentina to Puerto Rico due to my father’s job. We then lived in Mexico for over a year before moving back to Argentina. Later I chose to go back to Mexico for personal reasons (my then boyfriend and current husband lived there!), and I had been living there for almost 10 years before coming to Durham. I feel fortunate for having the opportunity to learn from different cultures and ways of thinking.

Why an MBA?

In Mexico, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Communications Sciences at Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico. Since the moment I graduated, I knew I wanted to pursue an MBA but I also recognized the need to have work experience.

For four years I worked at Speyside Corporate Relations, where my last position was managing director of the Mexico office. I had the chance to lead a team of consultants and oversee all project work of our Fortune 500 clients. Even though the opportunity was great I knew that I needed to combine my experience with formal business education, so I decided that it was time to do my MBA.

I also had a passion for health care and when I started my search for MBA programs I knew that the school I chose would have to be a leader in the sector. Fuqua's Health Sector Management (HSM) program was exactly what I was looking for.

Personal Interests

On a personal note, I love to travel. I have been to over 22 countries and islands, and I would love to visit more! It's a great way to learn from others and have unforgettable experiences. I also enjoy swimming as it is my way to release stress! It is very relaxing and it gives me energy for the high pace of the MBA.

Interesting Fact About Me

Though the piano is my instrument, and I get nervous when playing in front of big crowds, I played the guitar and sang “She’s Got the Look” in high school, in front of more than 100 people during a music competition, coming in second.

Fuqua Activities

When I came to Fuqua for my admissions interview I was so grateful for the way staff and students welcomed me that I knew that I wanted to give back and provide that same experience to others. Even before starting Fall Term 1, I applied to be an Admissions Ambassador Coordinator, and fortunately I was chosen for the position.

I am also planning on participating in the Health Care Club and the Latin American Student Association.

 

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