Jaclyn Bacci, recipient of the Tom & Teri Furey Advisory Board Merit Scholarship, began at the Leavey School of Business last spring. She is currently working full-time while earning her MBA as part of the Finance organization at Symantec.
We talked to her about her experiences so far with the Leavey School of Business:
Why did you decide to go back to school?
I decided to go back to school for a few reasons. As an undergraduate, I declared a major based on what I thought would be the most applicable to my everyday life should I not end up staying in that field in my career. I majored in Finance, and am still in the field to this day and thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing. However, as I work with my business partners, I realize there is so much more to a business that I do not have a firm understanding of. I decided to go back to school to broaden my knowledge base and potentially explore other fields within business. Another reason was to be surrounded by like-minded, driven individuals who introduce new perspectives and also challenge my own perspective. The last reason was to stay competitive in our ever-changing work environment. I am finding that more and more of my peers and managers have their MBAs and find them to be very useful.
Why did you choose SCU?
I received my bachelor's degree from SCU and could not have asked for a better experience. I came to Santa Clara knowing the values driving the program are ones with which I am on board. SCU also offered the most flexible program in the Bay Area and was my most convenient option for working full-time and going to school part-time. I was deciding between accepting my offer to SCU or Haas, and realized that throughout the application process, Santa Clara made me feel more valued as a member of their business school than Haas did. I was personally reached out to on several occasions by staff members of the business school, one being Dean Starbird himself once I found out about my scholarship. Between the amazing reputation of the program, the sense of value I felt, and the rare opportunity to be granted a scholarship to help me fund my schooling, Santa Clara was absolutely the best option for me.
What do you hope the Leavey School of Business will do for you?
I hope that the Leavey Business School will broaden my knowledge base and open my mind to new perspectives. I want to be challenged, I want my thinking to be challenged, and I want to look at ideas in ways I have not been able to in the past. I also hope to build strong relationships with other Silicon Valley professionals during my time at Santa Clara.
What do you think of your experiences here so far?
I have completed three courses over two quarters and have already been so impressed by the courses, the material, and the professors. I have already started to feel challenged and I see myself thinking differently, both in the classroom and in the workplace. I ask more questions and have found myself to be more proactive and comfortable asking those questions. I am also so impressed by the caliber of students I am surrounded with. The diversity within the program is extensive and really brings together a group of people with very different experiences and perspectives. I find that I am learning just as much from my peers as I am from my professors, and I think that is more than I could have asked for.