Evening MBA '16
Tina is a current student in the Leavey School of Business’ MBA program, expecting to graduate in the winter of 2016. She is an ex-officio member of the Council of Graduate Students in Business.
Why did you choose SCU to further your education?
I decided on Santa Clara University because of its great reputation in Silicon Valley. Since I plan to stay in the Bay Area, I decided to study at a school that had the best network of alumni in the area. Also, the flexible schedule of the evening MBA program made it possible for me to juggle major life events while still progressing in school.
How has your perspective on business changed as a result of furthering your education?
Prior to starting school at SCU I worked in the tax industry for ten years, first in public accounting firms and then at Intel. The tax world can be insular and I discovered it was difficult to truly understand the broader business world evolving around me. While pursuing my MBA, I have become more aware of the nuances of creating and running startups and how new ideas are constantly being turned into reality in Silicon Valley. My educational experience at SCU has broadened my knowledge of emerging industries which has actually led me to develop new career goals for after I graduate.
How do you think things will change for you once you’ve completed your degree?
I am planning to use my MBA for a career change. I initially started school with the intention to teach accounting and business at the college level. Since then, I have discovered an exciting disruption to traditional education - the education technology industry. I am encouraged and excited by the influence it is having on education today. I now intend to pursue a position as a program manager in this industry.
What drew you to participating on the Council of Graduate Students in Business?
As you can see from my career goals, I have a passion for education. I love teaching, I love learning and I love finding creative ways to improve education. This council is an opportunity to affect policy and be part of a group that is not only improving education, but also improving the program in which I am currently participating. As an added bonus, the improvements the council makes for business graduate programs have the potential to increase the desirability of these programs, which can only make our degrees that much more valuable.
What are you hoping to accomplish through this student council?
Through my participation in this student council, I hope to help develop a program that is more inclusive and accessible to students and to streamline technology in a manner that improves student learning, professor communication, and transparency in planning education paths.