The most recent “Poets & Quants’ Best and Brightest MBAs” listing features two graduates from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Gabrielle Kuey and Alexandra Moore are profiled among 100 of the best MBAs in the Class of 2017, globally.
Gabrielle Kuey, MBA 2017
Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school?
“At the Smith School’s end-of-the year awards banquet, I was awarded the ‘First-Year MVP’ for exemplifying outstanding performance in all areas of academics, leadership and engagement at the Smith School. I remember my friend pointing at me from across the table as I shook my head in shock. It’s hard to explain in words how much this meant to me, but I’ll try. Coming into business school I knew I wanted my contribution to be more than just in the classroom. Motivated by positively impacting those around me, my focus centered on helping my peers reach their best selves and creating a strong personal brand, while applying myself in the classroom. It was overwhelming to hear that my peers truly appreciated my efforts in organizing study sessions, offering career advice, or just lending an ear when they needed someone to listen. Prior to pursuing an MBA, I felt as though my contributions were unrecognized; this was the first time that not only was my work recognized, but it was voted by my fellow peers and professors. I don’t think I have ever felt such a rush of joy than in that moment.”
Alexandra Moore, MBA 2017
Why did you choose this business school?
“I was attracted to Smith for its small size, tight-knit community, and opportunities for experiential learning and student leadership. However, I also chose Smith because I felt that throughout the admissions process the school’s representatives were trying to set me up for success in my MBA experience. I never felt pressured to choose Smith over other schools. Instead, the students and staff I spoke with during my admissions process acknowledged that I had a lot of options to consider and it was important to make the decision that was best for me. Smith staff helped me to make my decision with honesty, candidly weighing both the pros and cons of the program with me. Having almost completed the program, I am very pleased (and proud) that setting up students for success is an inherent characteristic of the Smith School’s culture, and something evident in relationships with peers, faculty, staff and alumni.”