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Christian Gaspar, MBA 2018

“Find your passion and let it drive you…. Each challenging class and difficult team project positions you better for contributing to your passion down the road.”

Focus Area: Consulting
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Education: University of Maryland, College Park
Before Smith: Signature Consulting (Medicare)
Extracurricular Activities: Net Impact, Smith Energy Association, Data Analytics clubs, ChangeTheWorld Consulting

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

The University of Maryland has always been my home away from home. While looking for an MBA program, I immediately thought of Smith. After interviewing at both Smith and other schools in the area, I firmly believed that Smith was more interested in me as an individual. At the end of the day, Smith’s reputation for excellence, focus on community and collaboration, and my passion for the Terps brought me back to the University of Maryland.

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

Smith’s focus on the team rather than the individual makes the Smith MBA program unique. No other university offers the same sense of class unity. In the working world, every project requires some level of collaboration. However, in the school environment, all too often is teamwork set aside in order to focus on and evaluate the individual. Smith creates an environment of experiential and team-based learning, which best prepares students for the challenges of the working world.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

Find your passion and let it drive you. My passion is solving modern problems in order to make the world a better place for future generations. Only when you are passionate about your work can you truly achieve. As you begin the Smith MBA program, always keep your passion in the front of your mind. Each challenging class and difficult team project positions you better for contributing to your passion down the road. Never lose sight of what drives you, and when faced with challenge, focus on what lies ahead.