Name: Susan Johnson
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Education: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Before Smith Employer: MPR Associates, Inc.
Extracurricular Activities: Graduate Marketing Association Board Member, Net Impact Club Member, Energy Club Member, Smith Association of Women MBAs Club Member
Why I chose Smith: I chose to come to the Smith School of Business because of the strength of Smith’s Office of Career Services and Smith’s commitment to teaching their MBAs’ skills beyond what are taught in the classroom. Smith’s commitment to fostering leadership and empowering the MBAs to think beyond the analytical and theoretical, I believe, truly sets the program apart and gives Smith graduates a competitive advantage upon graduation.
At Smith, each MBA feels as though they are an integral part to the success and future of the MBA program. Our opinions and thoughts are valued and are treated as integral feedback in growing the MBA program at Smith. Each person, from your peers, to the faculty, to all the support staff involved to successfully run the MBA program are focused on helping us to succeed and ensuring that we have the tools at our finger tips to learn and experience as much as we can during out two years. The Smith MBA program feels like a true community that wants to see all its members accomplish the goals that they set for themselves as a part of gaining their MBA.
My advice to future Smith MBA Candidates: The advice that I would give to future Smith MBA candidates is to have a very solid idea of what you want to be doing post-graduation. During the first part of your MBA experience you are exposed to so much information and opportunities that it can all seem a little daunting. However, if you have a strong idea of where you want to be when you graduate and what area/industry you want to be working in, you will be able to weave through all the information to figure out what programs/classes will benefit you the most.