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Kelsey Jackson, MBA & MPP 2019

Focus Area: General Management, Marketing, and Social Impact
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Education: Tulane University
Before Smith: PHD Media
Extracurricular Activities: Net Impact

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

For me, it was my interview with Admissions that made Smith my number one choice for school in the fall. From the first year student I met working the front desk to my interview with Alley, everyone in Admissions was so welcoming and went out of their way to answer my questions and make me feel at home. That inclusion continued on past my acceptance and through the summer as I was getting ready to move back home to Baltimore and attend school in the fall. Multiple second year students took the time to reach out over the summer and were so helpful despite being busy with their internships. Thanks to the help and support from the Smith community, the transition back to school was very easy and simple. I never had to think twice when I decided to come to Smith.

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

I think the class size is what really sets Smith apart from other programs. A smaller class facilitates more individualized interactions with professors and also gives students more opportunities to take on leadership roles within the Smith community. Another benefit of having a smaller cohort is that it promotes a close-knit community where students work together to succeed rather than compete with each other.

What advice would you give to future Smith MBA candidates?

Be confident. When I came to Smith I was on the lower end of the spectrum when it came to years of work experience and I was intimidated by many of my classmates’ diverse and extensive experiences. I would advise future Smith MBA candidates to remain confident in their skill set and their own experiences, as they are what brought you to Smith in the first place. This program will push you outside of your comfort zone but it is important to not lose sight of what makes you unique.