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“Just because life gets busy does not mean that the most important things in life come to a halt,” busy FEMBA student Adam Schleyhahn (FEMBA ’15) told Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Dylan Stafford, who compiles FEMBA student and alumni news in his “What I Love about UCLA FEMBA” blog.
Stafford recently profiled Schleyhahn, who enumerated his top five FEMBA memories. These included GAP travel to Finland and Chile, as well as learning to drive a stick shift and graduating in the top 15 percent of the Anderson Honor Society. And, most memorably, his new daughter, Clara. Schleyhahn felt great camaraderie in the midst of mounting responsibilities. “There was always somebody else to talk to that knew exactly what it felt like to juggle parenthood, work and school,” he said. “It was a tough, rigorous and exhausting experience and we are all stronger because of it!”
Jordan Sugar (FEMBA’17), project manager at Southern California Edison, also celebrated the birth of daughter Ellie; and Mircea Vlaicu (FEMBA ’15), content strategist at Intuit, reflected on his top 11 FEMBA memories — chief among them the peer/mentor program he piloted under the name Vistage, and the bonus of having a new son. “Although life certainly did not get any easier after he was born,” Vlaicu said, “there is nothing that motivates me more every single day.”
Self-described “proud dad and delighted husband” Sugar — exhausted by the “whirlwind of joy, classes and group projects” he's negotiating as a new parent — told Stafford, “I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received from my professors and classmates. We truly feel like part of the UCLA family.”
And Vlaicu concluded with an encouraging note to those who find themselves taking on multiple new challenges: “Remember that there probably isn’t a door in Los Angeles, California, and maybe the U.S. that Anderson cannot open for you.”
Read more about FEMBA students’ travels, careers and personal milestones on Dylan Stafford’s blog, What I Love about UCLA FEMBA.