Davis Hull , MBA Candidate 2013
Whew!! How quickly time flies by. It seems like just yesterday I was taking the GMAT, writing essays and filling out applications for MBA programs, now I have finished my first semester and I am ¼ done.
I made the right choice in choosing Whitman. I finished undergraduate seven years ago, so I felt I needed the personalized attention that a smaller program could offer. In working in the financial services industry for nearly five years in Houston, TX, I felt that getting an MBA in Finance would help make me well rounded and prepare me for executive level assignments later in my career, as I was a History major in Undergraduate. I needed the foundation of accounting, economics and finance courses that I had never had before.
The capstone of our year was a semester long project within our marketing and managerial concepts class that dealt with Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes (an upstate New York chain of over 70 stores and 500 employees). All the groups were assigned different topics; ours was social media. We analyzed the use of Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media sites and the relevance they had with the company in promoting awareness and sales revenue. The entire process was exhilarating. From early August when we first saw the amount of work we had to do, to doing research, and finally writing the paper and doing the presentation before the company executives. It was great to have seen something be completed that you helped to start. Just presenting in front of C-Level executives was nerve racking at first, but after it was over my confidence level jumped a little in that we were able to convey our opinions effectively and answer questions thrown at us. In reflecting on the experience, this is simply preparing us for the real world when presentations are a regular part of your job. This is one of the many reasons that express why I came to Whitman, as the school is able to balance academics with career preparation that you are able to take with you across any industry or job function.