“I decided to get my MBA because I wanted to make a career change to management consulting, and a city change to Los Angeles,” says Matthew Becker (’17). He adds, “Growing up in North Dakota gave me enough cold weather to last a lifetime.”
The former Capitol Hill communications director said his acceptance call from Anderson is a blur because he was so excited to get it. Once he regained his focus and understood he’d really been accepted, he began building a list of business books to read between then and his arrival at UCLA.
But he would have another major reality check right after A-Days when he flew to London to photograph his favorite musician.
“Concert photography has been my side passion for the last six years, and through a combination of luck and networking I ended up as Bryan Ferry’s tour photographer for 16 shows throughout the U.K. I had to pinch myself — a lot.”
After the tour ended, Ferry asked Becker to stay another month at his countryside estate outside of London and edit his career retrospective photo book.
Has he managed any of that b-school prep he planned? “The quiet countryside has proven to be a highly productive place for getting the all-important summer reading done,” he blogged. “I started with general business and lifestyle books like Capital in the 21st Century and The Power of Habit, and as school gets closer I'm moving into more specific reading like Case Studies and Cocktails and Case in Point.”
Read more about Matthew Becker in Anderson’s MBA Student Voice.