Current MMS: DKU Student Bloggers

Current MMS: FOB Student Bloggers

Graduated MMS: DKU Student Bloggers

  • Austin

    Austin Taylor

    MMS: DKU, Class of 2015

    I'm from out West and attended undergrad at BYU, but I've always been a big Duke fan. International business has been an interest of mine and that is one of the reasons why I joined MMS: DKU. My wife and I are expecting our first child during the program, so stay tuned as I share my experiences in Durham and later in China!

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  • Lucia

    Lucia Garcia

    MMS: DKU, Class of 2015

    I'm from Latin America and have lived in the U.S. since I began my undergraduate studies. I love to travel and learn about international cultures and business practices and the MMS: DKU program provides a great opportunity to do this while earning my degree.

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  • Yiyang

    Yiyang Li

    MMS: DKU, Class of 2015

    I'm from Eastern China and came to the U.S. to attend college, completing my degree at UNC-CH. My reason for enrolling in MMS: DKU is to develop the business skills I need for my career, and I look forward to being a part of the inaugural class!

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Graduated MMS: FOB Student Bloggers

  • Ankit

    Ankit Seth

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2015

    I'm from India and studied nautical technology at Birla Institute of Tech & Science before working as a nautical officer with a Japanese logistics company. Rock music is one of my loves, and I play guitar and write in my free time.

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    Anu Kumar

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    I was born in Los Angeles and moved to India when I was 12 where I completed by bachelors in finance. I wanted a more practical business perspective so I returned to the States to complete the MMS degree.

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    Ashima Sehgal

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I was born in New Delhi and had lived there all my life up to the point when I came to Fuqua to invest in my passion for social entrepreneurship. I love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, and this was one of the key reasons I decided to come to the US for my masters’ program.

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    Ben Checketts

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    I grew up in Connecticut and went to college at Brigham Young University, graduating with an English degree. An internship with ESPN helped me realize a passion for the world of sports, business and marketing.

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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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    Candace Buford

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    Duke for undergrad, Penn State for law school and now back to Duke for my final degree--MMS. I'm fueled by inspiration and curiosity which helps me think outside the box.

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  • Caroline Stone

    Caroline Stone

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2012

    I'm from San Francisco and have a bachelor’s in sociology and a minor in international relations. I came to Duke to pursue the MMS program to open new career doors in the fields of social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, and the public sector.

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    Chike Ohayia

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    My father is from Nigeria, my mother is from New York and I grew up in New Jersey. Before coming to Fuqua I graduated from Columbia University, majoring in political science and sustainable development.

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    Courtney Starzer

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    I attended Cornell after being raised in upstate New York. I have a passion for marketing which led me to pursue a degree in communication and related roles within the MMS class.

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    Danya Akbar

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I’m a California native, but also a second generation Pakistani-American raised with a global perspective at a very young age. I'm pursuing my master's to prepare me for work in the social entrepreneurship sector where I hope to make the world a better place.

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    Frank Li

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I’m a photographer, a writer, an optimist, and a huge fan of life. I’ve traveled around the world, loved talking to different people from different cultures and appreciate that even the littlest things in life can make significant impacts

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  • Grace Kim

    Grace Kim

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2012

    I graduated from Ewha Womans University in Korea in 2011, with a degree in international studies. Ever since my sophomore year, I wanted .to pursue marketing or advertising. Outside of marketing, I’m obsessed with Arrested Development, McDonald’s, electronic music, Mute Math, iced chocolate, and NOT going to the gym.

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  • Griselda

    Griselda Sukmoro

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2015

    I'm from Indonesia and came to the US to pursue a civil engineering degree at the University of Michigan. I consider myself an engineer, a writer and a traveler, and I am excited for what lies ahead in the MMS program!

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  • Iosif

    Iosif Papathanasiou

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2015

    I come from a small village called Spilies Konistron in Greece. I attended Athens University... Read More

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    James Chen 陈思行

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    I'm from China, but attended college in California before making the cross-country drive to start the MMS program in Durham. I have a great passion for food and technology.

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    Jessica Golson

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I was born and raised in Philadelphia and also attended college there at Temple. After graduating I briefly worked in education before coming joining the MMS program as a way to help facilitate a career changed into marketing.

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  • Juliana Taylor

    Juliana Taylor

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2012

    Prior to coming to Fuqua, I worked for Google, in their Ghana office. My role focused on expanding the scope of the University Programs Initiative and assisting small and medium-sized businesses to leverage online tools to improve their businesses. As a result, I developed a strong interest in business strategy and business development in emerging markets.

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    Kate Kim

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I have lived in Moscow most of my life and am Korean-Russian by descent. I'm really passionate about media, fashion and finance and hope the MMS program will help me combine my economic background with my personal interests for my future career.

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    Kelvin Panitpichetvong

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I am of Chinese-Thai descent, was born and raised in Sydney and lived in Shanghai and Hong Kong more recently. I believe the MMS program will add to the professional skill set I have in finance and provide me with the extra edge to succeed in establishing a successful career.

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    Lily Shabani

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    I was born in London to Iranian parents, but I was raised a few miles from Duke's campus in Raleigh, NC. I came to the MMS program to strengthen my analytical skills and to expand upon my undergraduate education in fashion and textile management at North Carolina State.

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  • Max Baez

    Max Baez

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2012

    I'm originally from New York City and have an undergraduate degree in with a degree in political science. After college, I held a variety of jobs in politics, fundraising, and education. I’m a massive sports fan, and am a big supporter of the Miami Dolphins, US National Soccer Team, FC Barcelona, and the University of Arizona Wildcats.

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  • Meaghan

    Meaghan McGarry

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2015

    I'm a southern girl and attended the University of Virginia where I studied economics and sociology. As foodie with a love for traveling I've enjoyed experiencing the new cultures and culinary options that the MMS program and Durham have to offer.

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  • Naresh Vissa

    Naresh Vissa

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2012

    My background has been heavily focused on media, financial markets and investments. Do not be fooled by my academic and professional qualifications though: I’m a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo!

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    Palak Bavishi

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I'm from San Francisco and attended college in southern California where I found my passion for digital marketing. After a great experience interning with a startup I decided to join the MMS program to learn more about the foundations of business so I can pursue my own startup one day.

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  • Patrick

    Patrick Resch

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2015

    I'm from Philly and completed my undergraduate degree at Dartmouth, and I'm happy to spend this year in the program away from that snow in beautiful NC. I'm a student athlete, and I look forward to sharing my perspective on Duke.

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  • Samantha

    Samantha Cibelli

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    While I wasn't born in North Carolina, I've lived here long enough to proudly call it home. After graduating from a local woman's college I received a Fullbright grant to conduct research in Italy and then returned to North Carolina to gain more knowledge in business through the MMS program.

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  • Savannah

    Savannah Taylor

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2015

    I'm from South Carolina and attended college there, majoring in music. Music is one of my passions, and I would like to leverage that into a career in the media and entertainment space. In the meantime, I'm involved in a non-profit I founded and working on my bucket list.

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    Suejin Ahn

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    I’m a proud “double Dukie” having attended Duke for undergrad where I earned a degree in public policy and competed on the Duke Varsity Cross Country and Track Team. I’m originally from Long Island, New York, but have grown to love the South.

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    Tim Patron

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I grew up just minutes from Duke's campus and came to Fuqua to gain applied business knowledge that will supplement my marketing and communications background. I'm a UNC-Chapel Hill grad, but I'll try to keep my Tar Heel love to a minimum.

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    Wenjia Wu 吴文嘉

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2013

    Having grown up in China, I wanted to be exposed to other cultures as part of my graduate experience. I love communicating and sharing ideas through writing, so I became an MMS blogger.

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  • William Chase

    William Chase

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2012

    I completed my undergraduate coursework at N.C. State University where I majored in English language and literature, and minored in Spanish. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, writing, playing sports, and occasionally working on cars.

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    Zeel Shah

    MMS: FOB, Class of 2014

    I'm a student in the Master of Management Studies class of 2014. I did my... Read More

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