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Porter Brockway, MBA 2018

“Years from now, I will look back and realize that all my success started at this point.”

Focus Area: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Education: Kent State University
Before Smith: American Security Project
Extracurricular Activities: Supply Chain & Operations Club, Net Impact, Smith Pride Alliance, Consulting Club, Data Analytics Club, Human Capital Club

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

I chose to attend Smith because of the opportunities the school provides me in my career going forward. I found myself feeling like I had hit a ceiling in my last position and saw an MBA as a way to acquire new skills. I investigated many of the schools in the DC area and when I came to visit the campus and met the students, faculty and staff, I felt that this school was a perfect fit. What won me over was the way that Smith encourages a collaborative and welcoming atmosphere. I am sure that I made the right decision with Smith and it will allow me to grow professionally and personally.

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

The Smith MBA program easily stood out from the other schools I visited when selecting where to attend. There is a genuine welcoming feeling with the staff and students at Smith, a feeling I did not find in most other programs. At Smith there is a sense that everyone is happy to help and work with me and that I am part of a team. I know the connections I am making with my fellow Terps will continue for years after we graduate. This makes the Smith MBA more than just a two-year program, but rather an experience that will shape me for the rest of my life.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

Do not be afraid to take that first step, go out of your comfort zone, and go for the goals you have set for yourself. An MBA is going to open so many doors and it will give you so many more skills going forward. Smith is an exceptional program, not only because of the academics, but because of the people you will meet. Go to the events, meet new people, and try new things you never thought of trying. All of these experiences will allow you to grow and become a better person.

When I first visited Smith I knew immediately that it was different from other schools. The Smith school fosters a sense of community that will push and drive me. Smith gives me the energy, focus, and determination to overcome any obstacle and succeed. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to the hard work. Years from now, I will look back and realize that all my success started at this point. I took my first step, and even though I was nervous, I know I made the right choice.