Opening My Next Chapter with MMS

Why Duke? Why Fuqua? Why MMS? From the admissions process to conversations with employers, family, or friends, be sure to truly take the time to reflect on these questions. They are asked time and time again, so be ready to respond in a memorable way!

A great way of addressing these questions is with specific reasons that are unique to you, your goals, your passions, and how you see the MMS program fitting into your personal story. With some self-reflection, these questions will be a breeze to answer!

So, why did I personally choose Fuqua? For me, the MMS: Foundations of Business program fits with my story, passions, personality, and ambitions.

Why Team Fuqua

Coming from a social science background, I wanted to gain the essential business fundamentals needed to make a difference in a meaningful health-related career. Although my previous experiences in hospital settings and with Teach For America reinforced my interest in working directly with people, I wanted something more. I wanted to efficiently solve intricate problems, create sustainable solutions, and ultimately, leave behind my mark.

Making a difference was, and continues to be, the center of my aspirations. I often thought: “Why not broaden my horizons and strive to find other routes to make an impact?” I didn’t want to pursue a journey that only possessed a single route, but one that provided endless pathways for opportunities, learning, and growth. With that said, the answer was simple in terms of choosing a program and school — the answer was Team Fuqua!

Not only does Fuqua embrace diversity in all aspects, it also promotes community and teamwork. Moreover, Fuqua gives you ample opportunity to embrace these aspects, while also teaching you a great deal about yourself along the way. This was so important to me when deciding on the next chapter of my life.

The Journey Just Began

So far, the MMS: FOB program has been an incredible journey. My interests and passions have been confirmed, shaped, and even changed. Opportunities are appearing left and right, which are helping me to further discover what I am truly passionate about! More so, these opportunities have allowed me to get involved, experiment, and leave an impact on the Fuqua community. I’ve had the opportunity to engage with MBA students in healthcare, Net Impact, and running and triathlon clubs. Each and every day, I am learning more and more about myself.

For me, these endless opportunities have come at the perfect time to further develop my passions and pick up new ones. In a way, MMS provides the framework for self-discovery, while preparing me to be an incredible asset in healthcare, my targeted industry. Here at Team Fuqua, the sky’s the limit!

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Brandon Benzin

MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

Born and raised in Ohio, and an Ohio State alumnus I am excited to finally venture outside of my home state to attend the MMS program. While in Durham I plan to explore all the city has to offer including the activities that a music and exercise-lover like myself can enjoy.

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  • Adrian Pyae

    Hey Brandon,
    Really loving your post here. I’m currently in the same situation as you were. I have a bachelor in biotechnology and i wamt to get into a healthcare related field. I am trying to decide between a master in healthcare management program and duke’s mms. I really like what i have read so far anout duke’s mms. I am just wondering if this will be a good option to get a position in the healthcare management field. I’d love to hear your take on this.

  • Adrian

    Hey Brandon,
    Not sure what happened to my earlier post but I really appreciate you’ve taken your time to write about your experience so far with the program. I am very interested in this program and I really like what I have read about it so far. I want to ask you a few questions tho. I had a bachelor degree in biotechnology and like you, I want to get into the health-management or health-related field. Do you think this program will be a good fit for me to achieve my goal??