Nikki Kongsamut, MBA 2015

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Focus Area: Supply Chain/Operations Management

Undergraduate School: University of Toronto

Employer Before Smith: United Nations – Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN- OCHA)

“This diverse student body creates a dynamic environment in which people offer their experiences from their international and domestic backgrounds.”

Why did you choose to attend the Smith School of Business? 

Beyond the Smith School of Business’ stellar reputation, I chose this school for its community. After my admissions interview, I met with a second year who introduced me to other students and professors. Through the interaction that I observed among between her and her peers and professors, I was convinced that Smith was the place for me. I had visited other universities where the community was very individualistic and non-collaborative and where the impression was that everyone was at school to fulfill their own agendas.   But after visiting Smith I clearly saw that the community was very collective and that students, faculty, and staff were all striving to help everyone achieve their own career goals while also striving for the greater goals of improving the program, building a stronger and wider network, and maintaining and building the Smith brand. 

In your opinion, what makes the Smith MBA program unique? 

The fact that Smith is comprised of students with strong academic and professional skills is what makes Smith’s MBA program unique. This diverse student body creates a dynamic environment in which people offer their experiences from their international and domestic backgrounds. 

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates? 

Study hard, do well in school, but also take time to focus on your career goals. While we are all here to get a better education and do well academically, the reason we decided to pursue our MBA was either to make a professional transition or advance in our current field or industry and it is important not to lose sight of that.