Hometown: Cardiff by the Sea, CA
College: Harvard; English
Pre-Business School: Asset management at Goldman Sachs
Summer Internship: Nestle -- Brand Management
Childhood dream job: Host of the Today Show. I liked the idea of having coffee with half of America every day, and the show seemed like a good balance of humor with serious news (plus celebrities). But then I remembered that a) I have stage fright and b) I hate getting up early.
Why business school? It sounds cliche, but I really wanted to find a job that I both loved and could see myself in long term. I was fairly certain marketing would be a good fit, but as an English major working in finance, it was a tough sell. I knew I needed more education in the form of an MBA to make the switch. And also, I was tired of not knowing what a t-stat was.
Why Anderson? I wanted to come back to California, and as I researched business schools, Anderson stood out for several reasons. The school's student body does not skew towards just consulting or finance, but has a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. This makes both classroom discussions and social events much livelier. Anderson also offers excellent support and guidance for career switchers, and I knew I'd need major help in that area. And every Anderson student I spoke to was engaging, friendly, and seemed like someone I'd want to sit next to in class.
It also didn't hurt that the campus is absolutely gorgeous.
Anderson Activities & Leadership: Anderson Marketing Association -- VP Career Development; Entrepreneur Association; Riordan Program Mentor; Section Chair -- Community Outreach; Wine Club; Desperate Measures a Capella group; Parker TA & ACT coach
Applied Management Research Project: To be determined, likely something related to social impact.
Favorite Anderson Event: Casino Night. We clean up good.
Anderson highlight: Any of the fall football tailgates. What could be better than celebrating your school outdoors, with all of your friends, and with abundant drinks and food?
What helped most in your interview preparation and career search?
1. Doing a recorded mock interview with the Parker Career Management Center. It definitely felt real, and got me in gear for final rounds.
2. Creating as many touchpoints with companies as possible (presentations, days-on-the-job, career fair). It shows sincere interest and gives you concrete examples to use in cover letters.
Hardest interview question you've been asked: "Nurture versus nature?"
How did you land your internship? I talked to as many people as possible (especially Anderson alums working in the type of role I was going for). Each conversation taught me a little more about the company, and I felt really prepared going into interviews.
Parting thoughts? Some general Anderson advice:
-Alternate between drinks and food at recruiting events, never both at the same time. It's an awkward moment when you have to hand your glass of wine to a recruiter because you need a free hand for a business card.
-Beware the side of the classroom with a ramp instead of stairs. The rolling chairs make for an interesting challenge.
-Turn off your brain over the summer. Everyone survives the first quarter, even if they didn't spend the past 2 months brushing up on accounting.